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Old 09-17-2007   #1
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Default Do we stand a chance against Colts without AJ?

Andre Johnson is the best player on our football team. Period.

Demeco is great, Robinson is by far our best corner, Schaub is the best QB we've ever had. But Johnson is still our best player.

And he's doubtful for Sunday

So do you think we still have a chance against Indy?

Our D has really stepped up. I think we will disrupt Manning most of the day. However, the Colts are the Colts and they are going to score points.

Can we move the ball on them without our best playmaker? Jones and Mathis and Davis really need to step up this week if we are going to play without AJ
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Default Re: Do we stand a chance against Colts without AJ?

yes, we have jacoby jones.
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Default Re: Do we stand a chance against Colts without AJ?

Sure we do. Of course it hurts the team but, I think they end up being ok. It will be more difficult but if everyone steps up as a team then we can win.
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Default Re: Do we stand a chance against Colts without AJ?

A chance...yes. Remember this is a team game. I'm sure Kubiak and Co. will devise a plan to balance out AJ being out. Schaub will have to be very Manning like and spread the ball all over the field.
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Default Re: Do we stand a chance against Colts without AJ?

Doubtful. Of course I want to say YES of course, but in all actuality -> the Colts are playing really well, their defense esp. imo.

Schaub has 3 TD's on the season, all to AJ.

The rest of our WR's havn't done a whole lot. They have definitly helped a lot, but as far as i'm concerned...it seems AJ and Schaub were seperated at birth. Those two always seem to find each other. Schaub to AJ is a special thing.

I don't think we can move the chains enough, let alone, score enough without AJ to have a fighting chance against the Colts. I hope he is healthy enough to play, but pray to GOD the coaches don't rush him back...we need AJ for many many more years.
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Default Re: Do we stand a chance against Colts without AJ?

If we can run the ball on Bob Sanders, and Walters/Daniels can make the catches if our run game stalls, we can win. If Jacoby or any of our other WRs step up, that is a huge plus in our favor.

Nothing significant has changed on the Colts offense from last year, so our defense needs to play at the same level of intensity or better than it did the last time.
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Default Re: Do we stand a chance against Colts without AJ?

If I could add one more thing...

Looking at the 4 games following the Colts..we have have a really good chance to win all of them.

This would be such a huge victory for our team if we were to beat the Colts in week 3 and go up 3-0, but having an L isn't the end of the world. Except to us fans who want to prove everyone wrong!

We could be 6-1 with a loss to the Colts going into San Diego. That's not too bad if you ask me.
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Default Re: Do we stand a chance against Colts without AJ?

I think so. Remember the key to beating the Colts is to get the lead and control the clock (running the ball). I would expect to see more of a runniong attack and for Jacoby to put some numbers up. Also, look for Owen to have a good game.
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Default Re: Do we stand a chance against Colts without AJ?

The thing is, why is everyone so high on Jacoby as a Johnson fill in?

He had a great preseason. GREAT. But so far he has been relatively invisible so far except for his one punt return yesterday. He is a rookie from a small school, and I think he's going to take some time to really get comfortable out there. Walters hasn't done enough to give me confidence.

I want and think we do have a chance, but without andre johnson, our offense looks a lot different
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Default Re: Do we stand a chance against Colts without AJ?

imagine what it could mean to the confidence of this football team if Andre Johnson doesn't play and everyone else steps up their game and we DO beat the colts without him? Then next week, AJ comes back and all those other guys are even more pumped.... sky's the limit at that point.

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In Schaub we trust.
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Default Re: Do we stand a chance against Colts without AJ?

One scary stat:

Guess how many catches we had yesterday from wide receivers NOT named Andre Johnson?

One.
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Default Re: Do we stand a chance against Colts without AJ?

I think we have a chance, but not a great one. You aren't going to beat the Colts in a shootout, so you have to have long sustained drives that end in touchdowns. Ahman Green, Ron Dayne, and our defense are really going to have to step up.
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Default Re: Do we stand a chance against Colts without AJ?

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One scary stat:

Guess how many catches we had yesterday from wide receivers NOT named Andre Johnson?

One.
And how many catches were by TEs, RBs and FBs? 12!

Might want to give both sides before going all doom and gloom, Rich Lord has kinda cornered the market on that.
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Default Re: Do we stand a chance against Colts without AJ?

I think the time is right for a cliche.

It's times like these where you see what your team is made of. It's times like these that role players on good teams step up their game and take up the slack.

Jacoby Jones, Andre Davis, Kevin Walter, it's time to make your statement.

Andre Johnson is probably going to be out a couple of weeks but I'm not going to jump on that and consider it carved in stone until we see him inactive next Sunday. It seems to me like over the past 5 years more and more teams have loaded that injury report up. If AJ's knee is feeling better at the end of the week he just might be available. I understand it's unlikely but in todays NFL I wouldn't rule it out.
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Default Re: Do we stand a chance against Colts without AJ?

I think we stand a fighting chance against them. Obviously, we're going to have a tougher time without AJ than we would with him, but the keys to this game will be focused away from our WR whether AJ is in or not.

We win this game if we establish a solid downhill rushing attack with Green and Dayne. We win this game if our front 7 gets enough pressure to force Manning into hurried throws and shuts down Addai's stretch play. We win if our patchwork defensive backfield has a stellar game and limits Harrison, Wayne, Clark, & Company. Finally, I think we need to be plus two in the turnover department in order to win this game.

Having a long ball deep threat strike capability is nice, but if we get into an offensive laser light show game with them, we'll end up burned. It needs to be ugly. Johnson would certainly make us better, but the critical areas for us to win will not be at WR.

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One scary stat:

Guess how many catches we had yesterday from wide receivers NOT named Andre Johnson?

One.
Yeah, but that's not a fair assesment. Johnson caught what, 7 passes yesterday? It's because he was available to use. I'm not knocking the guy, but it's not like we threw it to him 25 times. I think having him on our team is great, but the guys will step up and we will change our game plan accordingly. I have more confidence in the coaching staff than I ever had in the previous regime. Your cashing in your chips before the cards are even dealt. Relax, don't panic.
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I am excited to get to see Jones and Walter get a chance to step it up. The Schaub to Johnson connection has been so good the last two weeks there has been no reason to involve the other receivers. Now they have a chance to show what they have.
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The thing is, why is everyone so high on Jacoby as a Johnson fill in?

He had a great preseason. GREAT. But so far he has been relatively invisible so far except for his one punt return yesterday. He is a rookie from a small school, and I think he's going to take some time to really get comfortable out there. Walters hasn't done enough to give me confidence.

I want and think we do have a chance, but without andre johnson, our offense looks a lot different
wth, did you watch the game yesterday? How many times has Schuab thrown to the other recievers? I only saw him throw to Jacoby once yesterday, and it was way out of his reach. The time he did threw it to him, against KC, Jacoby was able to make the play and get some good yardage after the catch. If AJ is out this week, which I hope he isn't, then I am sure Jacoby will have a breakout game with Schaub throwing him more passes.
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Default Re: Do we stand a chance against Colts without AJ?

AJ had 4 receptions for 48 yards in our win against the Colts last year. I think if we can control the clock we can get by with a W, even without AJ. It won't be easy, I don't expect it, but I think it's possible.

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