Overall, the Colts are among the least penalized teams (39 penalties as compared to 43 for the Texans) in the league and among the leaders in winning the TO battle (+6 as compared to +2 for the Texans). Their running game is weaker than the Texans. Their rush defense is about the same as ours. Both teams have about the same strentgh of schedule so far; theirs, a little easier. They are 7-0; we wished we can be 7-1. I can say this with a straight face though: The Colts have benefited a little more from opponents' bad plays and unforced errors. Colts Defense They pretty much stay with a base 4-3 and a Cover 2 shell. They would show a 3 man front once in a while, but nothing exotic. They don't blitz much. They would zone dog some, stunt and twist some. Basically, they look like a Richard Smith's vanilla defense. Yet they currently rank first in points allowed (13ppg). They had faced the Dolphins, the Cardinals, and the Niners. These are decent offensive teams, but not great. The Jags, Titans, Seahawks, and Rams belong to the last tier. They rely mostly on a 4-man pass rush. Freeney is having a pro-bowl type of year. He looks as quick as ever on the edge. And the spin move inside is as devastating as I've seen. (Facing 3 rookies in 7 games helped.) Mathis is enjoying a very very good season himself. Foster is used both inside and outside, and he's having a pretty good season as well. Their interior D is solid but not among the best. The LBs are solid, but likewise, unspectacular. The DBs are also solid. They have avoided the big play for the most part, benefiting from the play of the DEs and a few drop balls from the opponents. (Hayden did get torched on a 50ydr to Avery when Sanders bought the play fake.) Sanders has just returned and is still getting his feet set. The rookie 3rd rounder Powers is playing well for them when he had the chance. But I'm surprised teams haven't challenged him much. He's only 5'9 Hayden might be kept out another game So far, the Colts D had played clean. Except for that 50yd pass to Avery, they pretty much only allowed another big play, a 64yd TD run to Gore. It was a draw play in which 2 of their LBs were plugging the wrong gap. I like for us to run at them. Let our tackles, guards, and TEs take turn beating up Freeney and Mathis. Cut block them some, including with the receivers. I hope D.Brown would attack Freeney a little more aggressively instead of staying back and waiting for his attack. Same thing for Winston and our guards. Take it to them, beat them to the punch. They can't stay with our receivers, so that part of the game should always be available for us. But we also need to play keep away from Manning. They will give us the short routes, so Schaub needs to take them and not trying to do too much. Be patient. If we play our game and keep the penalties and turnovers down, we can move the ball on them.