The time is here Colts fans. Yes, the NFL Season starts this week! Both the Colts and Texans have improved during the offseason and added some highly anticipated rookies in the draft. Here are some bold predictions for the game against a division opponent.
The Colts Will Snap The Eight-Year Loss In Week One Curse
Colts fans know that Week One has not been kind to Colts Nation, but this year is building up to be different. The key word for this season is consistency, especially when it comes to the play in the trenches. Consistency for the Colts looks like blocking up front and consistency in the pass rush. If both sides of the ball dominate from the beginning, this game should be decided easily and should result in a win in Week One, cutting the streak.
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Nyheim Hines Will Make His Presence Known
Of course, fans know that the 2021 rushing leader Jonathan Taylor will be the featured back. However, expect to see more of Running Back Nyheim Hines. With his ability to catch, split out into the slot, and run with agility, Hines should have a bigger role in this years offense.
The goal should be to not only improve his numbers, but to cut down on some of the carries Jonathan Taylor had last year (332). Fresher legs for Taylor and a suitable amount of production from Hines should bode well Week One. Expect Hines to end with 75 yards rushing yards, 65 receiving yards and at least one touchdown this week. Also, look for Hines to continue his duties on Special Team as a punt returner, where he’s showed the ability to take it for six.
Hoping that the addition of Matt Ryan means many more Nyheim Hines touchdowns and backflips in 2022! pic.twitter.com/foBW0F9hiF — Cody Felger (@CPFelger55) March 30, 2022
Dameon Pierce Will Have Over 100 All Purpose Yards
This piece could not happen without talking about the impact Running Back Dameon Pierce will have for the Texans in Week One. This rookie seems to be the real deal. With just preseason tape on Pierce, there may be some wrinkles in his game that have yet to be seen. His hands are good and he has quickness and ability to finesse would be tacklers.
With a “grown man” body, Pierce likes to dish out punishment to anyone in his way. With Linebacker Shaquille Leonard out this week, Linebackers Bobby Okereke and E.J. Speed will have their hands full. Realistically, Pierce should end with a minimum of 60 rushing yards and a ceiling of somewhere north of 90 yards on the ground.
Dameon Pierce wants all the contact 💪 pic.twitter.com/e7SA1m7Hsw — PFF (@PFF) August 29, 2022
Week One has been a sore spot for the Colts most recently, but if all goes well, the team could trend upwards. The Defense will be tested early and often, but should hold up against Quarterback Davis Mills and company. Look for Houston to test the Colts’ linebackers with designed plays for Dameon Pierce and newly acquired Tight End O.J. Howard.
Furthermore, the battle of Wide Receiver Micheal Pittman Jr. versus rookie Cornerback Derek Stingley is one of the best matchups of this game. It’s time to show and prove that Indianapolis is a serious playoff contender. Week One is the first step of the journey to the post-season.
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