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2019 NFL Week 3: Atlanta Falcons vs Indianapolis Colts Open Thread

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NFL seasons are made up of a series of opportunities. In Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season, the Colts failed to capitalize on beating a playoff team on the road, even though they proved they were talented enough to win the game.

In Week 2, the Colts beat the Tennessee Titans on the road to take an early lead in the AFC South standings. They did so in an outdoor stadium and in the hottest recorded temperate in that stadium’s history.

To this point, Jacoby Brissett has been efficient with his passes but shown a greater level of comfort facing zone defenses than he has shown against man coverage. Anticipation and throwing players open are something he’ll need to develop quickly if the Colts hope to stun national media and find their way back into the playoffs.

In order to make this push, Indianapolis must capitalize on opportunities to win at home. The Atlanta Falcons are a talented football team with enough flaws that the Colts need to find a way to come out on top.

It is fair to say that the Chargers are a more well-rounded football team. The Colts should have beat the Chargers. They need to win this one.


With the return of pass rushing specialist Kemoko Turay from a neck injury that has been bothering him since Week 1, Matt Eberflus needs to find a way to pester Matt Ryan. Similar to Philip Rivers, Ryan will pick apart opponents who don’t force him to get the ball out quickly or to move off of his spot in the pocket.

Consistent pressure will shift the focus to the back-end. Malik Hooker flashed his athleticism with a one-handed interception against the Chargers and nearly had another in Nashville. Ryan has plenty of wide receivers who want attention and Hooker should have his opportunities.

Rookie safety Khari Willis will also play an important role. He has more range than Clayton Geathers and may need to play opposite Hooker to help corral Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Mohamed Sanu.

With Darius Leonard out, rookie linebacker Bobby Okereke will have big shoes to fill. His ability against run and pass could play a big role in the outcome of the game, particularly if Ryan tries to exploit the shallow middle of the field.

Finally, Pierre Desir’s status will be worth noting. He is not on the inactive list but if the Colts try to limit him, Quincy Wilson will be asked to pick up where he left off against the Titans. Aggressive, tight man coverage, particularly against Austin Hooper, could leave Ryan exposed for Turay and Justin Houston.


Perhaps the biggest key of the game on offense is to limit the impact of Grady Jarrett. When he lines up over Mark Glowinski, it will be a difficult battle and could turn the game. If the Colts can run the ball away from him and can keep him from getting pressure in Jacoby Brissett’s face, it will bode well.

Other than that, opponents will do what they can to stack the box against the Colts if the running game continues to produce. The biggest key for Brissett’s development may be reading the defense pre-snap and identifying his one-on-one targets for big players down the field. If the offense can find a way to break the game open vertically, everything should open up nicely.


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No. Pos. First Last
No. Pos. First Last
2 QB Brian Hoyer
4 K Adam Vinatieri
7 QB Jacoby Brissett
8 P Rigoberto Sanchez
11 WR Deon Cain
13 WR T.Y. Hilton
14 WR Zach Pascal
15 WR Parris Campbell
20 RB Jordan Wilkins
21 RB Nyheim Hines
23 CB Kenny Moore
25 RB Marlon Mack
26 S Clayton Geathers
29 S Malik Hooker
30 S George Odum
31 CB Quincy Wilson
33 RB Jonathan Williams
34 CB Rock Ya-Sin
35 CB Pierre Desir
37 S Khari Willis
38 CB Ryan Lewis
39 CB Marvell Tell III
42 S Rolan Milligan
44 LB Zaire Franklin
45 LB E.J. Speed
46 LS Luke Rhodes
49 LB Matthew Adams
50 LB Anthony Walker
51 DT Jihad Ward
52 DE Ben Banogu
53 LB Darius Leonard
56 G Quenton Nelson
57 DE Kemoko Turay
58 LB Bobby Okereke
62 T Le'Raven Clark
63 C Josh Andrews
64 G Mark Glowinski
72 T Braden Smith
73 T Joe Haeg
74 T Anthony Castonzo
78 C Ryan Kelly
80 WR Chester Rogers
81 TE Mo Alie-Cox
84 TE Jack Doyle
85 TE Eric Ebron
86 TE Hale Hentges
90 DT Grover Stewart
92 DT Margus Hunt
93 DE Jabaal Sheard
94 DT Tyquan Lewis
96 DT Denico Autry
97 DE Al-Quadin Muhammed
99 DE Justin Houston