Indianapolis Colts Update: Week 2 Preparation

Overview: The Indianapolis Colts may be happy to walk away from Week 1 with a victory against an Oakland Raiders team that entered the game as one of the worst teams in the NFL. However, Week 2 could be a different story. They take on the Miami Dolphins who dominated the Cleveland Browns by recording three interceptions and six sacks.

This will be a huge test for the Colts offensive line that struggled last year, and struggled again against the Raiders.

When the Colts faced the Dolphins last year, Andrew Luck dominated by breaking the rookie passing record for a game by throwing for 433 yards. Luck also recorded 27 first downs. This could wind up being an exciting game when two second-year quarterbacks face each other in consecutive seasons.

Injury Update: The following players have gotten an injury update:

TE Dwayne Allen (Hip) is likely to play if he practices on Wednesday. MRI came back negative.

ILB Pat Angerer (Concussion) is still going through the concussion process. Return for Week 2 is still unknown and is more likely day-to-day.

WR David Reed (Concussion) is also going through the concussion process. Return for Week 2 is day-to-day.

AFC South Standings: Even though the Colts are barely going into Week 2, it is still nice to know how the rest of the AFC South is doing.

Current AFC South Standings:

Indianapolis Colts: 1-0

Houston Texans: 1-0

Tennessee Titans: 1-0

Jacksonville Jaguars: 0-1

Not many offensive series on Week 1: Andrew Luck and the Colts tied with the Oakland Raiders and Carolina Panthers for the fewest offensive possessions in Week 1. Expect Head Coach Chuck Pagano to make the necessary changes this week versus Miami.

We wanted more [possessions],” coach Chuck Pagano said about their offensive possessions. “Part of that is us. You get turnovers, but if you get off the field better on third down, get off the field and get the ball back to our offense, we’ll get more.”

Vick Ballard impressive blitz pickup: The Colts signed Ahmad Bradshaw because he is one of the best pass-blocking running backs in the NFL. However, Ballard showed that he won’t lose his job just for that reason. Ballard was a perfect 6 for 6 in blitz pickups, according to Mike Chappell from Indystar.com.

Also, Ballard had much more success running the ball than Bradshaw. Ballard ran for 63 yards on 13 carries (4.8 yards per carry), while Bradshaw recorded 26 yards on seven rushes (3.7 YPC). It shows that Ballard really wants to keep his starting job, and is making this a more competitive battle than what most assumed in the offseason.

Roster Move: According to Josh Wilson from Stampede Blue, the Colts waived LB Quinton Spears from injured reserve. He and the Colts also agreed on an injury settlement.