Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Scouts Inc. sees another winless Sunday
By Paul Kuharsky
Scouts Inc. is forecasting another winless weekend for the AFC South.
Here are excerpts from their scouting reports on our three games -- the Titans have a bye.
Indianapolis at Cincinnati
Hit the rookie: Bengals quarterback Andy Daltonhas handled pressure extremely well for a rookie. Though the Colts' pass defense has been highly suspect when sending extra pressure, Indianapolis' edge pass rush from their defensive ends has been about as good as it can get in the NFL. Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathisare having excellent seasons despite the Colts' offensive woes and rarely playing with a lead -- the premise on which the Colts' defense is predicated.
Matt Williamson likes the Bengals
Jacksonville at Pittsburgh
Bring the heat: Few defensive coordinators can come up with as many blitz packages as Pittsburgh's Dick Lebeau. He will bring safety Troy Polamaluoff the edge or up the middle as well as use his linebackers to bring pressure from all angles. Pittsburgh wants [Blaine] Gabbert to develop nervous feet in the pocket and to get the ball out sooner than he should.
Doug Kretz likes the Steelers.
Houston at Baltimore
Matchup to watch: Ravens WR Anquan Boldin vs. Texans CB Johnathan Joseph: Joseph has been an exceptional free-agent pickup for the Texans. He really does everything well. Boldin remains a force, but isn't particularly dynamic. If Joseph can contain Boldin without a lot of assistance, it will go a long way to shutting down Baltimore's passing game.
Williamson likes the Ravens.