The Indianapolis Colts won a big game today against the Tennessee Titans and all but wrapped up the division. It wasn’t the prettiest win, but they definitely looked better than they have the past few weeks.
Sure, they ended almost every drive with a field goal and, sure, they weren’t brilliant on third down, yet again. But the Colts actually found themselves driving down the field on multiple occasions and getting into scoring position, which is something to applaud.
Not to mention the fact they actually got out to a lead in the first half, which has been their Achilles heel the past few weeks.
Also, the defense stepped up immensely in the win; causing three turnovers and stopping the Titans’ offense on several occasions.
Yeah, the run blocking still wasn’t spectacular and, until the last offensive drive of the game for Indianapolis, Donald Brown was averaging 1 yard per carry. But they showed up when it mattered most and the Colts ended up winning the game.
However, I do expect more change to come, particularly within the interior of the offensive line. Today, Mike McGlynn was benched for Jeff Linkenbach. I am looking for Samson Satele being benched in favor of either McGlynn or rookie Khaled Holmes moving forward.
And don’t get me started on Darrius Heyward-Bey. I had said he was a detriment to the offense and one of the biggest reasons why there was no flow for the Colts since the Houston Texans matchup. And it’s completely true.
It’s Da’Rick Rogers time in Indianapolis. Darrius Heyward-Bey needs to be sidelined for good and Rogers has to have a bigger role in the offense.
Rogers did get some playing time today, though not enough, and on his first play of the game, he beat his man and drew a long pass interference call.
The man is a big bodied receiver that can play (and actually catch the damn ball, unlike Heyward-Bey), he deserves more playing time.
Finally, Andrew Luck didn’t look all that great. He’s been off since he’s had to put the team on his shoulders, and understandably so. And even though he had some help today he was still trying to make plays when he didn’t have to.
He needs to re-discover his patience if he doesn’t want his mediocre play to continue. But he will be just fine, he is a smart, talented player that will settle down and get his groove back.
All in all, not a great victory, but one that the Colts needed. Go Colts!
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