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, and coach Todd Bowles says there's a "small chance" he coaches against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.Rodgers is dealing with what Bowles characterized last week as a "serious" illness. The 49-year-old assistant coach wasn't with the team last Sunday for its 34-16 win over Denver."He took some tests," Bowles said Wednesday. "We're waiting for results next week. He's in good spirits."Rodgers had a medical appointment last Thursday and was not with the team for practice Friday, when a somber Bowles revealed that Rogers was dealing with an illness.On Wednesday, Bowles appeared more upbeat about his longtime friend."I've seen him," Bowles said. "He feels better, but the test doesn't come back until next week."Bowles said Rodgers spent some time in his office, but left before practice."He wasn't here long," the coach said. "He was here for a little bit."When asked if it was nice for him to see Rodgers back at work, Bowles simply said: "He needs to rest."The head coach ran the defense against the Broncos and would do so again this week if Rodgers remains sidelined. The Jets had a solid performance, sacking Case Keenum four times and preventing Denver's offense from getting anything going consistently."I can do better Youth Jabaal Sheard Jersey
," Bowles said when asked if he liked how he called the defensive gameplan. Sunday afternoon the Colts did something they almost never did while Chuck Pagano was leading the team. They pummeled an inferior opponent. Over the past several years, the Colts have typically been in the habit of letting teams hang around who they should beat handily. That changed against the Bills yesterday.The Colts offense dominated one of the better defensive units in football both in the air and on the ground. The defense was smothering, generating turnovers and stops against a miserable Bills offense. With a game against the Raiders ahead of them before the bye week, this was the performance this Colts team needed to get things back on track. Let’s take a look at the winners and losers for this week.WinnersMarlon MackBrian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsHow could Mack not be the first person mentioned? Mack rushed for 126 yards on 19 carries. He had both a rushing and receiving touchdown. He nearly matched Andrew Luck’s production in terms of yards. That is a huge lift against a very good defense. The Colts have been desperately missing a rushing attack and it appears that with a healthy Marlon Mack behind an offensive line that has Anthony Castonzo back, this team is beginning to create a more balanced offensive attack. The impact on a defense of a running back who is able to make big gains is apparent. Receivers were more open, and pass rushers were slowed down or negated. If the Colts can start to get this kind of weekly production from Mack, they’re offense is going to start looking very good very quickly.Offensive LineLet’s take a moment to appreciate how good this offensive line has been. In the past two games, they have allowed zero sacks. That was not a typo. At this point last season, the Colts have allowed 29 sacks. The offensive line wasn’t blocking opponents so much as asking them “pretty please” not to sack their quarterback.That hasn’t been the case this year. Despite a rash of injuries along the line, rookies Quenton Nelson and Braden Smith have stepped into meaningful roles on the line and suddenly this looks like a good unit that is trending up. The holes that the running backs were getting were such that the lowest yards per carry average belonged to Marlon Mack Jabaal Sheard Jersey Stitched
, who only managed to scrape a 6.6 YPC average. This is a unit that should continue to improve as they get more reps together, but this was an outright dominant performance against a very good defense. Andrew LuckBrian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsLuck had an incredible game. The pressure wasn’t on him to carry the load because of so many other great contributions, but one of the most impressive aspects to Luck’s game remains one that has been a constant for him. Luck has some of the best pocket movement of any quarterback in the NFL. He avoided being touched so many times in this game by quickly and smoothly evading pressure to step up and make a throw. His decisions were smart, he didn’t try to dive in for a touchdown on his scramble near the end zone, saving himself an unnecessary hit. Across the board he made good throws and took what the defense gave him. Statistically a 156 yard performance might not seem all that great. However, watching it you could see just how well Luck played. We are so lucky to have had such a run of great quarterback play in this city.Kemoko TurayColts.comKemoko Turay has slowly but surely been proving himself a good pick by Chris Ballard. He has been close to the ball and getting consistent pressure for much of the season, but hasn’t quite gotten home with consistency. Today was no different. Turay was in Anderson’s face often and was able to make a big play, causing a strip sack which was recovered by the Colts. Given the impotence of this Bills offense I won’t harp on his performance all that much, but he deserves credit for his steady improvement throughout the season. It is clear that Turay is a player who is growing under the tutelage of Robert Mathis, and I expect we will continue to see him showing out as a part of this defense.Mike MitchellOn the whole I did not think much of the signing of Mitchell when it happened. Since joining the Colts though Youth Margus Hunt Jersey
, Mitchell has proven to be a big factor on this defense. In just two weeks on the team, Mitchell has racked up 14 tackles, 2 passes defended, an interception, and a forced fumble. Mitchell was a force on defense against the Bills. The Colts really needed a solid role player to fill the void left by Matthias Farley and Clayton Geathers’ injuries. It probably doesn’t hurt to inject a veteran presence into the secondary for a very young team either. Right now, he is looking like a fantastic signing.LosersAdam VinatieriJeff Curry-USA TODAY SportsTake these “losers” with a grain of salt. Vinny has never really been much of a loser, but he gets listed that way here because something was obviously up with him. He has been listed with a groin injury, and it was apparent that he was impacted by it Sunday as he missed two extra points. Hopefully there is not a lingering problem, because we’d all like to see him get the career points record. I’m not sure how long we can expect to see him continue kicking, but it would be a shame to miss time and miss out on the opportunity to clinch that record because of a groin issue. Robert TurbinIt was a really lousy week to be a running back who had to miss time. The Colts running backs ran roughshod over the Bills’ defense Margus Hunt Jersey Stitched
, and Robert Turbin was held out with a shoulder injury. As a 28-year-old running back who missed 4 games due to suspension, missing this game allowed the two rookie backs to make an impression and likely damaged Turbin’s opportunity to get carries going forward. Turbin will be a free agent this offseason, and with 3 promising running backs, it seems unlikely that the Colts will look to re-sign Turbin without him putting a really strong showing together. If injury holds him out for long, he won’t get the opportunity to have that showing.