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Anatomy Of The Drives: Saints Edition

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Intro: The “Anatomy Of The Drives” series is back thanks to the first team offense getting some extended work on Saturday night. Here’s a look at the two scoring drives for the Colts first team offense.



INDIANAPOLIS – In Week Three of the preseason, the Colts first team offense put together a pair of scoring drives.

The starters played into the third quarter on Saturday night in what will probably be their final game action of the preseason.

Here’s a look at the Colts two scoring drives from their first team offense.

Coby Fleener’s 21-yard touchdown catch from Andrew Luck


The scene:
Down 7-0 with 5:40 to go in the first quarter, the Colts took over at their own 41-yard line following a solid drive from their defensive unit.

The anatomy of the drive:
4 plays, for 59 yards in 2:21.

Key play:
The Colts offense struggled to sustain drives on Saturday night but this series saw key production in the run and pass game. It was Trent Richardson’s first two carries for 13 yards that set up the rest of the drive. On Richardson’s initial five-yard carry, the third-year back was lined up in the pistol formation directly behind Andrew Luck. Then Richardson made a terrific cut on the following play to gain eight yards out of the shotgun. Once again, the Colts run game didn’t find complete rhythm but runs like this from Richardson shows that there’s something to build on in trying to establish a more consistent ground attack.

The score:
Fleener’s touchdown will be something to watch going forward now that the Colts have their full assortment of skill players. On the score, Reggie Wayne was the lone wideout left and T.Y. Hilton was lined up to the right. Dwayne Allen was in-line to the right of Gosder Cherilus and Fleener was next to his fellow tight end, but angled towards the line of scrimmage. On the snap Saints safety Kenny Vacccaro drifted towards Hilton’s direction, giving Fleener free reign down the middle of the field. Linebacker Curits Lofton didn’t run with Fleener and that provided plenty of green turf for Luck to float the ball into the arms of a wide open Fleener.



Adam Vinatieri’s 20-yard field goal


The scene:
Down 20-7 with 3:00 to go in the second quarter, the Colts took over on their own 20-yard line following a Saints field goal.

The anatomy of the drive:
13 plays, for 78 yards in 2:47.

Key play:
Overshadowed by the debut of Reggie Wayne, was the return of Ahmad Bradshaw on Saturday. He played 17 snaps and most of his production came on this scoring drive. The Colts went into a hurry-up mode on their final drive of the half. An 11-yard screen pass to Bradshaw ignited the early part of the scoring series. All the Colts running backs have talked about impacting the passing game in a more prominent way in 2014 and Bradshaw showed some nice patience in moving the chains through the air.

The score:
The drive stalled for the Colts near the goal line and that clearly frustrated Andrew Luck. Red zone efficiency has been drilled all offseason long. The Colts first unit didn’t have a ton of success on Saturday night but being able to punch this drive into the end zone would have made the halftime score 20-14, and anytime you are playing a prolific offense, like New Orleans (or Denver/Philadelphia), settling for field goals can’t happen often.


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