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Colts Fans and Stampede Blue Community Q&A - Week 8 ANSWERS

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Colts fans and Stampede Blue readers can submit their Colts questions to have a chance of them being answered in our Q&A.

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Let’s jump straight into this week’s questions:

Lucky Jock Strap (Stampede Blue Comments): What’s the deal with Ben Banogu? Whenever he sees the field, he’s basically just out there going through the motions. How can the team elevate his play or is he a loss cause?

Answer: The deal with Ben Banogu at the moment is he is a second year defensive end amongst a busy edge rotation. Unfortunately for Banogu he is at the end of the rotation as the Colts have more established defensive ends infront of him. The Colts have a pair of veterans starting at the position in Houston and Autry. The team then has Muhammad and Lewis as primary back ups then Banogu. The team has to have the right balance between having the starters play the right amount of reps and getting the back ups in there too. Banogu was also seen as a developmental draft pick when he was selected so he is far from a loss cause he just needs to make the most of his reps.

Coltitus (Stampede Blue Comments): Do we keep T. Y. Hilton next year if he fails to develop chemistry with Rivers? Hilton’s play has declined, or at least his productivity has over the last year or so. Or do we keep him and give him another chance with whomever the new QB is next season?

Answer: The issue for Hilton doesn’t seem to be a poor chemistry with Rivers as he leads the team in both receptions and receiving yards so far this year with 20 catches for 242 yards. Hilton has lacked in the splash plays department which has led a lot of people to believe he is having a down year. Hilton doesn’t look his normal dependable self this year as he has had more drops than normal but he is still productive and defenses have to plan for him. For what Hilton brings to the offense and what he has still brought this year he deserves to return with a new contract.

Chopaholic (Stampede Blue Comments): Coke or Pepsi?

Answer: Tough question. I think i would have to lean on good old dependable Coke. Although a Pepsi Max is nice every now and then as a change.

Clydesdale (Stampede Blue Comments): I know what the pulse of the fan base would be if a loss to the Lions left us at 4 - 3, heading into the tough part of the schedule. Would the front office feel the same? Any leashes getting shorter, any commitment to different personnel, or maybe exchange of duties within the coaching staff? (i.e. having someone else call plays)

I know the company line will be for us to just get better, but would it be anything we even noticed?

Answer: It is a big if when it comes to what happens if the Colts lose to the Lions. But if the Colts do lose to the Lions then it isn’t the end of the world it would just be a small bump along the road. The Lions are 3-3 on the year but have played well offensively at times and are lead by some very good players in Matthew Stafford and co. If the Colts lose then they will have been beaten by a team who is better offensively than the Colts. It may lead to the Colts having a discussion about what went wrong in the game leading to a loss but it won’t likely change anything in terms of personnel or exchanging of duties etc and it shouldn’t really.

Mr. Too Proud (Stampede Blue Comments): Who is an old rival you find yourself cheering for? D. Hopkins, Brady, Jalen Ramsey, Allen Robinson, or even Matt LeFleur. Which one of these guys would you like to face off against in a hypothetical Superbowl? Also whats the tougher route to the Superbowl Nfc or Afc?

Answer: The old rival I find myself cheering for is DeAndre Hopkins. I was a big fan of his in college for Clemson before the Houston Texans drafted him. Even when he was in Houston I was always a fan of his play and when he was traded earlier this year I finally felt like I could cheer for him. A hypothetical superbowl of the Colts vs the Cardinals would be a very good viewing; the Cardinals fast paced creative offense led by Kyler Murray against the Colts fast athletic defense led by Darius Leonard would be a great game to watch.

The tougher route to the SuperBowl used to be the AFC, having to face a Tom Brady led Patriots team or a Peyton Manning led Colts team. The days of Brady and Manning running the AFC are of the past now whereas in the NFC there are teams like Rodgers’ Packers, Wilson’s Seahawks, Brees’ Saints and now Brady’s Buccaneers.