Seven Things To Watch For: Colts/Giants Edition

Intro: The Colts (5-3) will be on the road again this weekend when traveling to New York to take on the Giants (3-4). Here are seven things to watch for in the Colts and Giants Monday night matchup.





INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts will be looking to move their record to 6-3 as they begin the second half of the season on Monday night.

It will be the Colts second game against the NFC East this season when they head to New York to play the 3-4 Giants.

What should fans be looking for when the Colts take center stage on Monday night?1. Sustaining Pressure

-The Colts pass rush is itching to get back to the presence the front seven brought during the team's five-game winning streak. It will be interesting to see if teams try and follow Pittsburgh's blueprint of leaving more guys into block and try to beat the Colts defense by only having a few guys out on routes. If that's the case, the Colts will have to get back to the attacking style of pressure that was present with 20 sacks during the team's five wins.2. Offensive Efficiency

-This Colts offense continues to produce at some of the league's best numbers in terms of chewing up yards. Just about the only negative for the unit comes in the frequency of committed turnovers. If the offense can eliminate some of that friendly fire, there's no question the Colts will keep themselves in every game thanks to their high-powered attack.3. Return Of Vontae Davis

-It was a full week of practice for the Colts cornerback playing at an All-Pro level. Davis saw less than 20 snaps against the Steelers and his loss was certainly noticed. The Giants have talked this week about wanting to take some shots deep in the passing game and if they throw at Davis, they will see a guy who hasn't allowed a touchdown since Week 14 of last season.4. Ahmad Bradshaw Back To MetLife

-It's been a remarkable first half of the season for Bradshaw. He's been such a weapon in the Colts passing attack and is just three receiving touchdowns shy of the NFL's single season record for running backs. Bradshaw has said their will be something a little more in his tank this week in playing his former team. For a player known for his aggressive style of play, that is a scary sight to Giants fans.5. Eliminating Big Plays

-Eli Manning is just 2-of-16 on passes over 20 yards this season, an area the Giants would definitely like to improve on. Manning is having a very solid season considering the lack of experienced skill players at his disposal. In Manning's last five games, the Giants quarterback has thrown just one interception so there's clearly a risk/reward factor to take into thought when wanting to stretch the field.*6. Who Will Be The Pass Catchers? *

-The status of Reggie Wayne is a go after practicing the last two days. With Wayne back in the lineup, the attention still falls towards Hakeem Nicks and Donte Moncrief. Nicks makes his return to MetLife Stadium on Monday where he has scored 14 touchdowns, the second most in the stadium's history (Ahmad Bradshaw has the most-18). Has Moncrief earned some more playing time? It's once again a great problem to have with the Colts entire skill group healthy.7. Enjoyable Bye Week

-What will be the Colts mood heading into their Week 10 bye? A win would push the Colts to 6-3 and keep at least a one-game lead in the AFC South. A loss would drop the Colts to 5-4 with the AFC East leading New England Patriots coming to Lucas Oil Stadium for Sunday Night Football on November 16.

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