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Hey there Colts’ fans! Here are my thoughts on today’s nail-biting 31-27 win over the plucky Bengals:

Anyone that was not shocked and disgusted as the Colts fell behind 21-0 at the end of the first quarter is either an idiot or a bald-faced liar. The Bengals were flat-out whupping the Colts in all three phases and it looked like a pro team facing a high school squad. The Colts had allowed only one rushing score through five weeks, and then allowed THREE in a short period of time to start the game. And we won’t even start with an unforced fumble on the 2nd play from scrimmage….followed by consecutive 3-and-outs. A massive comeback was going to be necessary if they were to even avoid being embarrassed at home this weekend – and that did indeed occur, starting with great efficiency on third down as they went 7-9 after failing on those first two possessions.

A surprisingly huge statistical day for QB Philip Rivers was forced by the 21-0 deficit, but he was accurate and aggressive in a 235 yard 2nd quarteren route to a 371 yard total and 3 TDs on 29-44 passing. That second quarter helped turn the 21-0 deficit into a 24-21 halftime score, which made it anyone’s game at that point. This was his best day as a Colts thus far, and showed some real veteran leadership and moxie after the horrific team start. He did throw a pick later on a poor decision to aggressively throw deep into double coverage. Rookie RB Jonathan Taylor did have a solid day in most formats (12-60 rush, 4-55 rec), although he was more of a weapon in the passing game than I suspected coming in. He had a few red zone touches, but did not find paydirt despite his high usage. And fellow rookie PK Rodrigo Blankenship (4-4 PAT, 1-1 FG) had another perfect day, but his scoring was only moderate since he only had one FGA.

The receiving stats were up across the board for most players, but WR TY Hilton (1-11, 5 targets) was unfortunately not one of them. Now he did have a TD and two 20 yard receptions all taken off the board by penalties, so his day could have been much greater, but those stats are absolutely not going to cut it when Rivers has that kind of volume and success. They better figure out how to get him involved more over the bye because the lack of explosive plays for this offense will doom them against the series of heavyweights on the remaining schedule. WR Marcus Johnson (5-108, 8 targets) got the start today fresh off his practice squad activation, and was the big beneficiary of the passing game; he was the apparent main target and could have had a lot more had a few other deep shots not just missed for him. WR Zach Pascal (4-54-1, 7 targets) had a solid day highlighted by an acrobatic TD catch. TE Jack Doyle (3-29-1, 3 targets) atoned for his game-opening fumble with the game-winning TD on a pretty corner catch. But the real fantasy star was TE Trey Burton (1-1-1 rush, 4-58-1 rec on 5 targets) with two TDs – he gets more and more active each week and was a focal point of the offense’s minimal creativity again this week.

Defensively the team looked really solid after the 1st quarter, only allowing 6 total points and harassing Joe Burrow a lot more than they had early. S Khari Willis was a tackling machine with 10 solo tackles and LB Bobby Okereke again was all over the field disrupting things – and nearly having a second straight game with a pick. Rookie playmaker Julian Blackmon had the game-sealing interception on a stellar play, showing great anticipation and closing speed to cut off a wide open Tyler Boyd; he is looking like a real find and appears to have fully recovered from his ACL tear in the Pac-12 championship game. The defense did not get you a lot of fantasy points this week, but looked like the defense of the previous 4 weeks after the 1st quarter ended.

That is all for now from the Crossroads of America. The Colts have a bye this coming week, so I will not have a preview for you later this week. I will be back next week to preview the week 8 road tilt against the Lions. Check the Mastermind Quick Bits for any injury updates over my little break, and good luck in your week 7 games!

Chris Rito


Denver 18 NE 12

After a one-week delay and questions as to whether the game would be moved again the show went on. The Broncos came out swinging, and put the Patriots into a hole in the first half. The Patriots do not play well from behind and no practice farther hindered their efforts. The Broncos nearly gave the game away with turnovers and questionable play-calling, but the defense came up big on the final plays. The Broncos have lost veteran defensive players to injuries, but other defensive players have risen to the occasion: DL Shelby Harris has been terrific; rookie CB Michael Ojemudia has been tested, but is making the grade; O LB Bradley Chubb is getting back into form; OLBs Malik Reed and Anthony Chickillo have shown they can step up and make plays; CB Bryce Callahan had an interception on a tipped ball (S Justin Simmons); and S Kareem Jackson made key stops in the running game after a slow start to the season. RB Phillip Lindsay (23-101-0) got it done. QB Drew Lock (10/24-189-0-2) showed no ill effects from his shoulder injury and he made the Broncos' offense better, recognizing what the defense was calling and stretching the field. But he forced passes, didn’t take what the Patriots defense gave him, made poor decisions, and wasn’t patient. The offense couldn’t get into the end zone because of poor execution, Lock forcing the issue, the line’s blocking or receiver drops. Fortunately, K Brandon McManus was perfect on his six field-goal attempts (new Broncos record most field goals in a game) including a 54-yarder. Both WR Tim Patrick (4/8-101-0) and WR Jerry Jeudy (2/5-32-0) got banged up during the game. Rookie TE Albert O (Okwuegbanum) saw his first action of his career (2/6-45-0) and rookie jitters. The Broncos don’t know the extent of the shoulder injuries to starting RG Dalton Risner or Return man (WR) Diontae Spencer.


Promoted DL Sylvester Williams to the active roster. Released quarterback Blake Bortles. Elevated LB Josh Watson (2nd time) and RB Jeremy Cox (1st time) to the active roster for thee game. Sign QB Blake Bortles to the practice squad.

Orangeman’s Take
RB Phillip Lindsay ran with effort and intensity and will force the Broncos to reconsider RB Melvin Gordon as their lead back. Gordon could be suspended for three games, jeopardize his guaranteed base salary for 2021. If he loses that guaranteed portion the Broncos could cut him after this season pain-free. If Lock can manage to help the Broncos win enough games to avoid a top-5 pick, the Broncos would likely keep him for another year. Four more losses than wins and the Broncos need to go Quarterback shopping. The jury is still out on QB Drew Lock as the long-term guy, and we don’t know anymore than we did: he has potential, but must clean up his game. It's time for rookie WR Tyrie Cleveland to replace WR DaeSean Hamilton on the depth chart. TE Albert Okwuegbunam, should run nothing but straight-line routes, and no blocking. If Okwuegbunam is not dressed and in the Broncos' game-plan then the Broncos aren’t giving themselves the best chance to win.

Kansas City @ Denver
TE Noah Fant (ankle), WR KJ Hamler (hamstring) CB A.J. Bouye (shoulder) all have "a chance" to return this week. Denver can’t settle for field goals against the Chiefs. The Chiefs score a lot of points and play good defense. The Broncos' defense will face its biggest challenge of the season. KC’s offense produces more points, rushing and passing yards than Denver’s defense has allowed. Conversely, Denver puts up less points and rushing yards than KC has allowed. The Chiefs are well on their way to making another Super Bowl run behind QB Patrick Mahomes and rookie RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire. It will be 15 degrees with snow at Mile High. KC is favored by 10. KC 28 Denver 21 There is upset in the cold, snowy air at Mile High.

Fantasy Outlook


Drew Lock 13-15


Melvin Gordon III 11-13
Phillip Lindsay 7-8
Royce freeman 2-3


Courtland Sutton IR
Jerry Jeudy 6-7
KJ Hamler (INJ) 1-5
Tim Patrick 6
DaeSean Hamilton 1-2


Noah Fant (INJ) 3-6
Nick Vannett 1
Jack Butt 1
Albert Okwuegbunam 1-3


Brandon McManus 6-8


Denver 2-5

Good luck this week!

Charles Rives


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