Take 2: Colts vs. Bears

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Friday, August 22, 2014


Earlier this week, our scouts filed their advance scouting report on this week's matchup between the Colts and Bears. Now they're back with a second look.

• Colts QB Peyton Manning is the master of the no-huddle offense. He does a good job of not letting the opposing team substitute players or make quick adjustments. Manning does not always check to a different play at the line of scrimmage, but sometimes will use a dummy audible to trick the defense.

• The Colts' offense has excelled in the red zone. The Colts have failed to score on only five drives into the red zone all season. Not only can the Colts pass for touchdowns in the red zone, but they have a very good running game with Dominic Rhodes and Joseph Addai. The offensive line has done a good job of protecting Manning and opening running lanes for both backs. Manning and the Colts are deadly on third down in the red zone, converting an impressive 61 percent of the third downs into first downs or touchdowns. The NFL average is just 38 percent while the playoff average is 41 percent.

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