OK, we've all had our fill of fanposts that irrationally criticize the Colts. I sincerely hope nobody dismisses this post as hating. It is not intended as such. I love 6 wins in a row, I love the way the team is playing, I love controlling our own playoff destiny. Basically I love me some Colts and think that if things break right, there's no reason we can't win it all.
But here's the thing: should we be concerned about the running game? I know it hasn't been up to usual standards all year, but today was eye-opening. I listened to the 1st half of today's game (thank you, wowo.com) before I had to go to work. I heard the final score while I was at work, but didn't see the stats until I got home. I was frankly shocked to see the rushing stats. Addai and Rhodes combined for 57 yards on 20 carries. That's a 2.85 average. Against the Bengals. The Bengals were the 23rd ranked rushing D coming into the game, allowing 125.8 yards per game and 4.0 ypc. For further perspective, Cedric Benson rushed for exactly the same yardage as Addai and Rhodes combined, and did so on 4 fewer carries. For even further perspective: HE'S CEDRIC FUCKING BENSON. Our RBs are better than Benson, and our OLine is better than theirs, even factoring in injuries. So what the hell?
Now, I'm not going to make the argument that we're doomed or that this proves the Colts are mediocre (we've seen enough of that and it's simply not true). BUT, it does concern me. If we are going to have to win on the road in the playoffs, in potentially cold weather games, we're going to need to do a better job running the ball than we did today. If I was coaching the Colts, my focus for the next few weeks would be trying to jump start the running game.
What do you all think? Am I paranoid, or is this a legitimate concern?