Seven Things To Watch For: Colts/Ravens Edition

Intro: The Colts will begin the second quarter of the season on Sunday afternoon by welcoming the Baltimore Ravens to Lucas Oil Stadium. Here are seven things to watch for in the Colts and Ravens Week Five matchup.





INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts will look for their third straight win of the year on Sunday afternoon when the Baltimore Ravens come to Lucas Oil Stadium.

The game pits two of the NFL's top three teams in point differential.

What should fans be looking for when the Colts play host to the Ravens on Sunday afternoon?

1. Sergio Brown's Debut

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-A ton of eyes will be on the new Colts starting safety in Brown. In his three seasons in Indianapolis, Brown has become a special teams force but now he will get the chance he's always wanted---to be a starting safety. Colts defensive coordinator Greg Manusky labels Brown as a free safety type and a guy that is more of a cover guy compared to a box safety in LaRon Landry.

2. Andrew Luck's Second Quarter

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-The extremely early MVP races have come out and Luck is mentioned in almost all of them. Luck has been terrific in the first month of the season and is coming off his best back-to-back stretch of his young career. Can Luck maintain such a torrid pace with the calendar turning to October?

3. Getting To Joe Flacco

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-Flacco certainly isn't known as a mobile quarterback but he hasn't been sacked in 91 straight pass attempts. The Colts have picked up their pass rush the last couple of weeks and now should add another strong blitzer to that group in Jerrell Freeman. Flacco loves the deep ball, so some sort of disruption on those plays will eliminate a major production producer for the Ravens offense in 2014 (Baltimore has the second most plays of at least 20 yards in the league).

4. The Return Of Jerrell Freeman

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-Freeman was a full participant in practice on Friday and participated all week for the first time since the season opener. He's listed as probable on the official injury report and his presence in the middle is huge for the Colts defense. We saw some success in the preseason with Freeman and D'Qwell Jackson in the middle of the Colts 3-4 defense. Sunday could begin the extended look at that duo.

*5. Interior Makeup *

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-After three straight weeks of the same offensive line to start the year, the Colts shuffling up front continues this week. Lance Louis slides back to left guard, in place of rookie Jack Mewhort. Louis was at right guard last week with Hugh Thornton out. Thornton is back on Sunday and those two guards will be a big part in trying to block Ravens' 340-pound Haloti Nagta.

6. Grueling October

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-The Colts closed out the first quarter of the season how they wanted with a pair of complete wins. Now, the Colts will see the likes of Baltimore (3-1), at Houston (3-1), Cincinnati (3-0) and at Pittsburgh (2-2). In particular, the Colts will see some of the game's top pass catchers in October, along with four teams currently sitting at .500 or better.

*7. Short Week Madness *

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-Players and coaches are focused strictly on Sunday, and for good reason. However, a trip to Houston next Thursday is on the horizon. In a five-day stretch, the Colts will see two 3-1 teams, both of whom are currently in the AFC playoff picture.

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