The stretch play used to be the most effective running play the Colts ran back in the days of Edgerrin James. But recently, the have been running more plays with pulling guards. The trap play can work well, but if it doesn’t it gets blown up quickly.
On Sunday, the stretch play needs to be blocked well in the Colts running game. Getting Marlon Mack out in space is going to be key all season long to the Colts’ success. That is especially key for this game against the Chargers.
Los Angeles has a speedy defense, but their secondary is banged up a little bit. Derwin James is out with a foot issue. He is pretty good at coming up from the safety position and stopping the run in the box. The Chargers will be without that this game.
Blocking the stretch play will be key to getting the offense on schedule as well. If it’s blocked well, the Colts can get five to seven yards a pop. Doing that on first down leads to much more manageable yardages to gain on second and third down.
The last thing for the Colts to do in order to win this game has to do with the new quarterback and his deep throwing abilities.