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Bye-Week Thoughts on the Indianapolis Colts and Must-Reads from the AFC South
Posted By Nate Dunlevy On September 28, 2012 @ 6:30 am In Colts News | No Comments
I’m going to cheat today.
Instead of posting an article of the day, allow me to share a few thoughts on the Indianapolis Colts , who are in their bye week.
As they rest up and prepare for a suddenly mortal Green Bay Packers  squad, the Colts need to work on the following areas in order to improve over their final 13 games.
They need better route running. Currently, all their receivers but T.Y. Hilton have negative DVOA,  even Reggie Wayne. Avery and Wayne have had respectable volume totals, but that’s only because Indy passes the ball so much. Guys aren’t getting open, and that makes it hard to run an offense.
Indianapolis needs a pass rush from anyone other than Robert Mathis. Perhaps with Dwight Freeney coming back from an ankle sprain, that will improve.
The Colts have to get better play from the secondary. Jerraud Powers has been respectable, but virtually every other player has had issues. Newcomers Tom Zbikowski and Vontae Davis have been worse than mediocre.
Indy isn’t likely to win more than three or four more games in 2012, because they lack the talent to do these there things better. But if they do have any hope of excelling in the second leg of their season, this is the road map to do it.
Tennessee Titans 
Chuck Klosterman of Grantland  asks if Chris Johnson is a real person to us or a commodity.
Gordon McGuinness of Pro Football Focus  says Alerraun Verner was a secret superstar.
Tom Gower of Total Titans  profiles Titans up for the Hall of Fame.
John Glennon of The Tennessean  wonders if the Titans don’t miss Cortland Finnegan.
Jacksonville Jaguars 
Vito Stellino of The Florida Times-Union  says the Jaguars are going to black as their primary “dark” color.
Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com  wonders why the Jaguars are switching to black jerseys.
Ryan O’Halloran of The Florida Times-Union  says Justin Blackmon is still trying to catch on.
Houston Texans 
Kuharsky writes  that J.J. Watt is a new kind of 3-4 end.
Stephanie Stradley of The Houston Chronicle  interviews Tom Gower.
Tania Ganguli of The Houston Chronicle  says Johnathan Joseph is sitting again in practice.
Dale Robertson of The Houston Chronicle  says the Texans can’t sleep on early leads.
Phil Richards of The Indianapolis Star  profiles Jerrell Freeman.
Read more Indianapolis Colts  news on BleacherReport.com
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URLs in this post:
 Indianapolis Colts: http://bleacherreport.com/indianapolis-colts
 Green Bay Packers: http://bleacherreport.com/green-bay-packers
 have negative DVOA,: http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/wr
 Bleacher Report: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1350945-a-former-players-guide-to-the-dark-side-of-the-nfl
 NFL: http://bleacherreport.com/nfl
 Tennessee Titans: http://bleacherreport.com/tennessee-titans
 Grantland: http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8424339/fantasy-football-destroying-our-perceptions-nfl-athletes
 Pro Football Focus: https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2012/09/27/secret-superstars-week-3/
 Total Titans: http://www.totaltitans.com/2012-articles/september/five-titans-nominated-for-the-hall-of-fame.html
 The Tennessean: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120928/SPORTS01/309280088/Titans-not-missing-Finnegan?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CSports%20Tennessee%20Titans
 Jacksonville Jaguars: http://bleacherreport.com/jacksonville-jaguars
 The Florida Times-Union: http://jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2012-09-28/story/after-sunday-black-become-jaguars-primary-color
 ESPN.com: http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/post/_/id/41594/are-jags-smart-to-move-from-teal-to-black
 The Florida Times-Union: http://jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2012-09-28/story/jaguars-rookie-receiver-justin-blackmon-still-trying-catch
 Houston Texans: http://bleacherreport.com/houston-texans
 Kuharsky writes: http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/post/_/id/41572/hot-watt-looking-to-break-mold-of-3-4-ends
 The Houston Chronicle: http://blog.chron.com/texanschick/2012/09/titans-qa-with-tom-gower-of-total-titans-football-outsiders/
 The Houston Chronicle: http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2012/09/joseph-sits-again-ball-ready-to-start-if-needed/
 The Houston Chronicle: http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2012/09/texans-earning-holding-large-and-small-leads/
 The Indianapolis Star: http://www.indystar.com/article/20120927/SPORTS03/120927028/1058/SPORTS03
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