Author: Noah Ashley

Noah Ashley is a content writer for Gridiron Heroics covering the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana University Football. His articles are great stories with an emphasis on stats, mixed with the old fashioned "eye test". Connect with him on Twitter @Noashtraysports

After Week 3 the Colts pass rush ranks 31st in Pro Football Focus’ grades (57.5). That is not where they want to be, obviously. Will the Colts Pass Rush Continue to Improve? There is hope, last week against Kansas City, the Colts defensive recorded 20 total quarterback pressures, which more than doubled their season total. This included one sack, five hits, and 14 hurries. The defense displayed new life. They showed movement and aspects that are very unexpected in Gus Bradley’s scheme. Or maybe that is what Bradley wanted the world to think. He pulled-out unique fronts, and creative stunts…

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Under the radar Titans, in my opinion, are players not named, Ryan Tannehill, Derrick Henry, or Jeffery Simmons. If any Titans fans read this, I’m sure they will have some sort of critique for me. I have some bold predictions for this game, that you should read. Go crazy, I’m here for it. Under the Radar Titans to Watch Out For DL Denico Autry Denico Autry is a familiar name to Indianapolis Colts fans. For three seasons (2018-2020) Autry played a total of 1,961 defensive snaps for the Indianapolis Colts, according to Pro Football Focus. This season Autry has been…

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With Jonathan Taylor in the backfield, anyone can look like the best run blocker on the Indianapolis Colts. The best of the bunch this season is not something to be totally proud of, but who is the best on the squad? Left guard Quenton Nelson? Or maybe right tackle Braden Smith takes the top-spot. Is there a path to accurately answering this question? Pro Football Focus has their answer. Through three weeks they have Big Q earning the top run blocking grade (72.7), followed closely by wide receiver Ashton Dulin (71.5). Nelson was an obvious guess and an obvious answer.…

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The Indianapolis Colts needed some “game changers” to step up in order to beat the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3. The Colts held the Chiefs to 17 points. That is only the seventh time Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs have been held under 20 points since the beginning of the 2018 NFL season. This came with the help of these game changers. Week 3 Game Changers: Indianapolis Colts FS Rodney Thomas II Indianapolis Colts free safety Rodney Thomas II had a nearly flawless game in Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs. He was asked to step in after…

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One-tech defensive tackle Grover Stewart has been heralded as the biggest contributor to the Colts run defense. I agree with that. Even when he doesn’t make the play, he is doing his job and blowing up the line of scrimmage. I could watch his tape all day. 3 Unsung Heroes of the Colts Run Defense Stewart is a beast, but there are many more players doing great things when it comes to stopping the run. It is a total team effort, but here are three players I felt needed some recognition. 1. LB E.J. Speed Speed has started two games…

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The following bold predictions for the Indianapolis Colts Week 4 game are exactly that, bold. That means there is a good chance that these predictions will fall flat, but the small chance of something fantastic happening is what keeps sports fans coming back time and time again. 3 Bold Predictions For The Indianapolis Colts Week 4 Game 1(a). The Colts Get Blessed with Another Muffed Punt The Tennessee Titans lead the NFL in muffed punts this season, with three. This bold prediction is very dependent on the weather. If Colts Owner Jim Irsay decides the weather is appropriate, he will…

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The importance of special teams was on full display in the AFC matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and the Kansas City Chiefs. The Good and The Bad: The Importance of Special Teams Replacing former-kicker Rodrigo Blankenship, Chase McLaughlin featured in his first game of the season last week against Jacksonville. He kicked off the second half, and that was his lone “snap”. This game was much more dependent on his foot. McLaughlin hit a 43-yard try to push the lead past a field goal in the second quarter. But arguably more important, he hit a 51-yard bomb late in the…

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This current Colts run defense have been dominant through the first two weeks of the NFL season. JJ Stankevitz, writer at colts.com detailed their dominance in his tweet: https://twitter.com/JJStankevitz/status/1573325042796077058 The Colts defense has shut down running backs of all different skill sets and abilities. The Colts Run Defense Stifles Young Running Backs Unproven backs have not faired well against the likes of DeForest Buckner and Grover Stewart. Rookie running back Dameon Pierce made his NFL debut for the Houston Texans against the Colts. Running back Travis Etienne Jr. was drafted in the 2021 NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, but…

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The Chiefs will be without starting linebacker Willie Gay Jr. when they make the trip to Indianapolis. What does this mean for the Chiefs? In 2022 the Chiefs have started both of their games with two linebackers on the field, MLB Nick Bolton and WLB WiIlie Gay Jr. Together those two have been on the field for 234 snaps. The rest of the linebacker room has 58 snaps between three players. The Chiefs lean heavily on their starting linebackers, but they will be without one of them against the Indianapolis Colts. Gay Jr. is facing a four-game suspension for off-field…

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3rd down play will be key for the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday. Yes, they will need to play at a level unseen this season if they want to compete with the Kansas City Chiefs. But if the Colts can fix a wagon-full of mistakes, this game will come down to their 3rd down conversion success rate. Defensive and Offensive Strategies Come to a Head on 3rd Down Kansas City has a clear plan to stop opposing offenses in their tracks, and it’s working. The Kansas City Chiefs, against the Los Angeles Chargers, played a soft zone, hybrid 4-3 defense. This…

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