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In typical January fashion https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Andrew-Luck-Jersey , I spent Sunday refusing to watch the Patriots turn the Chargers into a hapless band of hippies and wound up kinda sad for Philip Rivers. He’s basically had to fight through Manning or Brady to make it out of the AFC every year of his career. Speaking of sad, I did watch Nick Foles’ magic run out, though, and I am really high on Michael Thomas for fantasy football next year!I’d be sadder about the Colts loss if I wasn’t blown away at “The Turnaround” to begin with, so you’ll have to forgive me for moving on so quickly. With just three NFL games remaining, (the Pro Bowl does not count as an NFL game) it’s time to talk off-season plans. Yesterday, Stampede Blue’s staff tossed ideas around as to what we’re going to do moving forward and I wanted to give the community ideas as to what we’ll be doing from here and what important events remain to keep an eye on.Obviously, we’ve been discussing the draft internally for a while we’ll be starting the research for our draft guide soon and plan to have that out for you all before the draft actually happens. You’ll be happy to know that we’re working on this being the best draft guide available for Colts fans and are looking specifically at reducing costs to you.The next off-season event(s) prior to the draft will be the East-West Shrine Game (shown on NFL Network) and the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl (shown on FS1), both held this Saturday, January 19th, 2019 at 3pm and 5pm EST respectively. I know that several of you are going to roll your eyes at the mention of the two games this Saturday, but consider that playing well in the Shrine game gets you invited to the Senior Bowl and last year’s East-West MVP was none other than Northern Iowa WR Daurice Fountain, who became a Colt later that spring. The NFLPA Collegiate game will be coached by Mike Tice and former Colts HC Chuck Pagano!After the two remaining college football games (mentioned above), the next big event is the Senior Bowl (shown on NFL Network), which takes place the very next Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Mobile, Alabama. Colts GM Chris Ballard took the time to point out how important games like the Senior Bowl are for a lot of guys prior to the draft. Bills QB Josh Allen really matured quickly and it showed during the Senior Bowl last year and again, performing well means potentially getting invited to the Combine if you haven’t already been invited as a player.As hesitant as I am to even bring this up (because who knows what this will look like or become), one week after the Super Bowl, a new football league Josh Ferguson Jersey , called the AAF, or the Alliance of American Football, will begin its first season. From my brief research, the league was started by Bill Polian and Charlie Ebersol. There are 8 teams and the league is basically centered in the South. I noticed that Mike Singletary, Mike Tice and Steve Spurrier are all head coaches in this league. Games will be shown on CBS. One of the things I think that’s really cool about the AAF is that they have a regional draft and because of how small the league is, they have a protection clause that protects local college players from being poached by other teams. Their league season is 10 weeks long, meaning a player could still play in the AAF and if they only signed a 1-year deal, they’d be able to get on an NFL roster this summer. Apparently it will compete with the XFL when it relaunches in 2020.After the Senior Bowl, the 2019 NFL Combine starts on February 26 in Indianapolis and runs through March 4th. Our objective at Stampede Blue is to have press credentials during the Combine so that we can report directly to you instead of having to wait until we see it on TV to talk about it.The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday, April 25th through Saturday, April 27th in Nashville, Tennessee. Again, Stampede Blue staff is already talking about attending the draft in person (no press credentials necessary).The current first round draft pick order is:1. Arizona Cardinals (3-13) 2. San Francisco 49ers (4-12) 3. New York Jets (4-12) 4. Oakland Raiders (4-12) 5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11) 6. New York Giants (5-11) 7. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11) 8. Detroit Lions (6-10) 9. Buffalo Bills (6-10)10. Denver Broncos (6-10) 11. Cincinnati Bengals (6-10) 12. Green Bay Packers (6-9-1) 13. Miami Dolphins (7-9) 14. Atlanta Falcons (7-9) 15. Washington Redskins (7-9) 16. Carolina Panthers (7-9) 17. Cleveland Browns (7-8-1) 18. Minnesota Vikings (8-7-1) 19. Tennessee Titans (9-7)20. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6-1) 21. Seattle Seahawks (10-6) 22. Baltimore Ravens (10-6) 23. Houston Texans (11-5)24. Raiders from Chicago (12-4)25. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7)26. Indianapolis Colts (10-6)27. Raiders from Dallas (10-6) 28. Los Angeles Chargers (12-4)*29. New England Patriots (11-5) *30. Los Angeles Rams (13-3) *31. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4) *32. Packers from New Orleans (13-3)Rookie mini-camp usually starts the week after the draft for all teams, so mark that for early May 2019.Training camp dates will be announced, but typically the Colts show up 3rd week of July and veteran players show up a few days later.Thursday, August 1, 2019 will be the Pro Football Hall of Fame game and the teams have yet to be announced.The 2019 regular season begins tentatively Thursday, September 5th, 2019 in the home of the Super Bowl champion. The Cowboys come to town Sunday in yet another critical game for the Colts. Their margin for error is exactly nil and the Cowboys are on a 5 game winning streak. This game will present a lot of the same difficulties that the Colts faced from the Texans, and the Colts will need a similar team effort to come out with a win. As far as the Colts are concerned, their playoffs started last week and they can’t afford to lose another game. Here are some of the matchups to keep an eye on Sunday.Pierre Desir vs Amari CooperPhoto by Richard Rodriguez/Getty ImagesThis might seem like a laughable matchup to some T.J. Green Color Rush Jersey , but after Desir trailed DeAndre Hopkins last week and did a pretty solid job limiting his impact on the game, it isn’t so ridiculous to think about him. Hopkins is one of the best receivers in the league, and limiting his production is no small feat. The question is, can Desir do the same to Cooper? The Cowboys’ offense has been more effective since Cooper arrived, and if Desir can keep him from gashing the Colts with big plays, and a ton of yards after the catch, it will force the game into the hands of Zeke Elliott and put him up against a run defense for the Colts that has been stout. If Desir can cover Cooper well and let the pass rush get to Dak Prescott, it will go a long way toward getting the ball as often as possible into the hands of Andrew Luck and the offense. Colts Defensive line vs Cowboys Offensive linePhoto by Sam Greenwood/Getty ImagesThe Cowboys offensive line is almost a modern legend in terms of its ability. However, this unit simply isn’t the same as some in the past. They’ve missed their All-Pro center Travis Frederick, and both Tyron Smith and Zack Martin are playing hurt if they are able to play at all. What that means is that the Colts have an opportunity to get after Dak Prescott early and often against a significantly less dangerous offensive line than what this unit is when they are whole. Dak Prescott struggles with ball security and the Colts have the king of the strip-sack, Robert Mathis, coaching up their young defensive linemen. If Denico Autry can continue his stretch of excellent play and we get the next step for a guy like Tyquan Lewis on the edge, this game could get ugly for the Cowboys’ offense. Expect DC Matt Eberflus to dial up pressure and test this offensive line early in the game. T.Y. Hilton vs Byron JonesPhoto by Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesByron Jones is a very good cornerback. He essentially shut down Zach Ertz in the Cowboys’ most recent meeting with the Eagles, and has shown a prodigious ability to play all over the field. It stands to reason that we should expect him to follow T.Y. Hilton a good bit during this coming game. After all, Hilton just put up 199 yards and was a big play machine last week. As I have said all season long, if T.Y. Hilton is a factor early and often, it bodes very well for the Colts. When Hilton plays well, the team generally wins games. His success creates opportunity for other pieces of the offense to get involved as well. In other words, this might be the matchup that decides the game.Having said that, I don’t know that Jones will trail Hilton all game. As I pointed out above, he was used to play Zach Ertz https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Matthias-Farley-Jersey , the Eagles’ tight end in 3rd and long frequently per Jeff Cavanaugh of the Athletic, and so they might choose to use him as a way to deal with Eric Ebron. It doesn’t take much film study to know that Ebron is a dangerous red zone weapon. Regardless, if the Colts want to successfully move the ball against this defense, they’ll have to do it by at least occasionally beating Jones, or at least scheming around him, and my hunch is that Hilton will be the guy most often tasked with that job.Eric Ebron vs Cowboys linebackersPhoto by Tim Warner/Getty ImagesSpeaking of Ebron, if he isn’t covered by Byron Jones, he’ll likely see coverage from a pretty solid group of linebackers. Jaylon Smith, Leighton Vander Esch, and Sean Lee are a part of what has to be considered one of the strongest linebacker groups in the NFL. They’ll be tested this week by the Colts’ use of both their tight ends and running backs in the passing game. In his first meeting with Jacksonville, Eric Ebron put up 3 scores and ran wild on a very talented defense because Frank Reich’s play calling had them so turned around that they seemed to keep losing him. This was indicative of how well Reich is able to scheme against familiar defenses and put his guys in position to win their matchups.While I don’t expect anything as crazy as that to happen, I think Reich will definitely have a plan in place to try to wrong-foot the Cowboys’ linebackers to give them 1-on-1’s with Eric Ebron. That isn’t a matchup you ever want for your defense, regardless of the quality of linebacker. As another note on this matchup, Ebron currently sits at 13 touchdowns on the season, just 4 shy of the record set by Rob Gronkowski for the most by a tight end in NFL history.Frank Reich vs Jason GarrettPhoto by Tim Warner/Getty ImagesThis is the most important matchup of the day. Frank Reich will make his debut against the Cowboys as a head coach, though he has faced them several times before. These two coaches are quite familiar with one another from Reich’s time with the Eagles. Given that his defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus was coaching for the Cowboys last season it is safe to say that this Colts team should be as well prepared for the Cowboys as any team they’ve faced all season long. They know what will be thrown at them from two different angles. Reich’s play calling on offense has been great at getting guys open and quickly getting the ball in their hands. His misdirection and pre-snap movement have been problematic for undisciplined defenses, and he will throw a lot at this Cowboys to try to keep them on their toes. How the Colts offense starts will be critical. Flat starts to their last few games have nearly been disastrous for them, and it puts a lot of pressure on a young Colts defense that plays best with a lead. If Reich has a solid script to start the game and can keep pressure on from ahead, it will be tough for Dallas to catch them, and force them into situations where the defense gets a chance to create turnovers.What matchup are you looking forward to?

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