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Filed in SportsTags: Colts, Indiana, Indianapolis, NFL

Courtesy of Cranky Colt (Indy-Star Colts message board's TrollAlertGuy) comes this home video of Joseph Addai's game-winner:

Update: Here's a video of crowd reaction to Marlin Jackson's game-sealing interception.

Update II: video source changed; updated accordingly. See also this compilation video.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Super Bowl XLI Preview

Filed in SportsTags: Colts, Indiana, Indianapolis, NFL

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch previews Super Bowl XLI

In an otherwise decent analysis, I found this little gem [emphasis added]:

On running downs, the Bears like to load the box with an extra defender or two. Their starting point against every opponent is stuffing the run, and making teams one-dimensional. That was the case against the Saints, who ran only 12 times for 56 yards. Colts running backs Joseph Addai and Dominic Rhodes combined for 1,722 rushing yards and 12 TDs during the regular season, but they're not in the class of McAllister and Bush.

Interesting comment, that. Let's compare, shall we?

New Orleans RBs

  • Deuce McCallister: Rushing 244/1057 yds, 4.3 ypc, 10 TD
    (Receiving 30/198 yds, 6.6 ypc, 0 TD)
  • Reggie Bush: Rushing 155/565 yds, 3.6 ypc, 6 TD
    (Receiving 88/742 yds, 8.4 ypc, 2 TD)
  • Total: Rushing 399/1622 yds, 4.1 ypc, 16 TD
    (Receiving 118/940 yds, 8.0 ypc, 2 TD)

Indianapolis RBs (Reg. Season)

  • Joseph Addai: Rushing 226/1081 yds, 4.8 ypc, 7 TD
    (Receiving 40/325 yds, 8.1 ypc, 1 TD)
  • Dominique Rhodes: Rushing 187/641 yds, 3.4 ypc, 5 TD
    (Receiving 36/251 yds, 7.0 ypc, 0 TD)
  • Total: Rushing 413/1722 yds, 4.2 ypc, 12 TD
    (Receiving 76/576 yds, 7.6 ypc, 1 TD)

In the regular season, New Orleans faced rush defenses that averaged #14.5 in the league. Indianapolis faced rush defenses that averaged #18 in the league. Among common opponents (regular season and playoffs) the Saints rushed 217/897 yds (4.1 ypc), while the Colts rushed 176/702 yds (4.0 ypc).

And bear in mind, during the regular season, Rhodes started for the Colts, with Addai seeing mostly second-half action. During the playoffs, Addai has been starting (against some of the league's best defenses in Baltimore and New England), with Rhodes playing long stretches in the second half.

New Orleans RBs (Playoffs: 2 games)

  • Deuce McCallister: Rushing 27/161 yds, 6.0 ypc, 1 TD
    (Receiving 7/47 yds, 6.7 ypc, 0 TD)
  • Reggie Bush: Rushing 16/71 yds, 4.4 ypc, 1 TD
    (Receiving 10/154 yds, 15.4 ypc, 1 TD)
  • Total: Rushing 43/232 yds, 5.9 ypc, 2 TD
    (Receiving 17/201 yds, 11.8 ypc, 1 TD)

Indianapolis RBs (Playoffs: 3 games)

  • Joseph Addai: Rushing 57/217 yds, 3.8 ypc, 2 TD
    (Receiving 12/52 yds, 4.3 ypc, 0 TD)
  • Dominique Rhodes: Rushing 41/193 yds, 4.7 ypc, 0 TD
    (Receiving 6/62 yds, 10.3 ypc, 0 TD)
  • Total: Rushing 98/410 yds, 4.2 ypc, 2 TD
    (Receiving 18/114 yds, 6.3 ypc, 0 TD)

In the playoffs, New Orleans faced rush defenses that averaged #16 (#26, #6) in the league. Indianapolis faced rush defenses that averaged #8 (#18, #2, #5) in the league.

Clearly, Addai/Rhodes are "in the same class" as McCallister/Bush. They had more total yards, more yards per carry, and slightly fewer rushing TDs. The only real statistical difference comes in receiving. Brees favored his RBs as secondary receivers, whereas Manning favors his TEs. (Compare: the Saints' leading TE had 18 receptions and was Brees' #8 receiver; the Colts' leading TEs had 37 and 30 receptions and were Manning's #3/4 receivers, and their third TE had 18 receptions as Manning's #7 receiver. Meanwhile, Bush/McCallister were Brees' #3/6 receivers; Addai/Rhodes were Manning's #5/6 receivers.)

I don't think the Bears will be approaching this game thinking of Addai and Rhodes as "not in the same class" as McCallister and Bush.

OYB January 23

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Genesis 46-47
NT: Matthew 15:1-28
Ps: Psalm 19
Pr: Proverbs 4:14-19

Gospel Thread - OT:

29 When the time drew near for Israel to die, he called for his son Joseph and said to him, "If I have found favor in your eyes, put your hand under my thigh and promise that you will show me kindness and faithfulness. Do not bury me in Egypt, 30 but when I rest with my fathers, carry me out of Egypt and bury me where they are buried." "I will do as you say," he 31 "Swear to me," he said. Then Joseph swore to him, and Israel worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.

Genesis 47:29-31 (NIV)

Here Jacob exemplifies the kind of faith to which we are called (see Hebrews 11:21-22), believing even on his death bed that God would fulfill His promise to give Israel the land of Caanan.

Gospel Thread - NT:

What goes into a man's mouth does not make him 'unclean,' but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him 'unclean.

Matthew 15:11 (NIV)

Here Jesus gives an example of how He is the fulfillment of the Law - how He calls us to the higher standard to which the Law pointed, yet of which it was only a shadow. The Law taught the principle of uncleanliness using the external (washing hands before eating) - yet God is concerned with the internal (the uncleanliness of the heart).

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression.

Psalm 19:13 (NIV)

This verse reminds me of the words of Christ in the Lord's Prayer: Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil (see Matthew 6:12-13).

[of evil men] They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.

Proverbs 4:17 (NIV)

I like how this verse juxtaposes with the communion of Christ. Where the evil eat the bread of wickedness, we eat the bread of righteousness - the body of Christ. Where the wicked drink the wine of violence, we drink the wine of peace - the blood of Christ.

OYB Photo of the Day:

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The heavens declare the glory of the Lord...God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
(Psalm 19:1 NIV)
Photo © Chip Bennett; all rights reserved.

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