Opposite Sideline: Colts a desperate team
The lowdown on the Green Bay Packers' next opponent from a beat writer who covers the team.
The Green Bay Packers return to Lambeau Field on Sunday to take on the struggling Indianapolis Colts. Both teams are coming off tough loses and are looking to rebound.
We caught up with Mike Chappelle, who covers the Colts for Indysportscentral.com and got his thoughts on Sunday's matchup. You can find his answers to our questions in the video above and more in the text below.
How can the Colts try to get pressure on Aaron Rodgers? Do they come after him with blitzes or count on their front four?
"The Colts have been very hit-and-miss with their pass rush, primarily because they don’t have the talent to win 1-on-1 matchups. Robert Mathis is showing his age. Erik Walden is a strong-side guy who is getting something done in the pass game. After that, like I said, hit-and-miss. They have attempted to blitz on occasion, from the linebackers and defensive backs. The problem with that is when they don’t get there, it further exposes a suspect secondary. I expect they’ll try to force the action. Can’t sit back and let Rodgers complete 8-10-yard passes all day."
2. If T.Y. Hilton is unable to go, who becomes Andrew Luck's go-to receiver?
"I expect Hilton to play, but if he doesn’t, Luck has the best rapport with tight end Jack Doyle. From the wide receivers group, probably Donte Moncrief. 2015 first-round pick Phillip Dorsett has been a disappointment. Moncrief is a big guy who isn’t afraid to go over the middle. So, Moncrief and Doyle.
3. What's the No. 1 thing the Colts need to do to come out of Lambeau with a win?
"Cut down on the self-inflicted mistakes. Penalties have been a season-long issue. Saw a stat where Luck has had a league-high 296 pass yards erased by penalties. When Luck plays at a high level and avoids mistakes, the Colts are a very, very mediocre team. When they make mistakes — penalties, missed tackles, etc. — they are a very bad team. So, clean up their game. Of course, we’ve been saying that for eight weeks."