The Indianapolis Colts will face one of their toughest tests yet, as three of their next four games will be divisional matchups. For the first time since October 2015, the Colts are on a three-game win streak. Here are a few reasons why they have an excellent chance of extending it.
Over the last three games, four different tight ends have recorded at least a touchdown for a total of eight across those contests. At the beginning of the season, Jack Doyle and Eric Ebron were the only two at the position worth monitoring, but Mo Alie-Cox and Erik Swoope have emerged as notable options. Alie-Cox is making himself known for torching the defense on long targets that result in him celebrating in the end zone. Swoope, on the other hand, remains a shifty, spotty receiver in the flats. Although Swoope has not seen pay dirt quite as often as Ebron, he is third overall on the team in touchdown receptions. The Colts defense has made a complete turnaround since last season with a considerable contribution from the athletic monsters out of the tight end position.
Quarterback Andrew Luck is averaging 274.7 passing yards per game alongside an impressive 26 touchdowns on the season. At the start of the season, there was a great deal of uncertainty regarding his return time frame. In what appears to be nothing short of a comeback player of the year season, Luck aims for a divisional championship. In the team’s next matchup, they will face a stellar Tennessee Titans defense that managed to hold the New England Patriots to just 10 points on Nov. 11. Indianapolis is averaging nearly 29 points per game, but the Titans are only allowing just under 17 across nine contests. The two teams go head-to-head Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium in what should be a dogfight until the final whistle blows.
In the NFL some positions receive endless amounts of praise, and the linemen certainly are not in that category. The team’s offensive linemen are undoubtedly the main reason why the Colts are sitting pretty after 10 weeks into the season. Blocking defensive players weighing in well-over 300 pounds is quite a difficult task, but their linemen are finding ways around it. The Colts have allowed the second fewest sacks on the season with 10, falling just one behind the superb New Orleans Saints. Believe it or not, Indianapolis is second in the league in touchdowns on the year. This is mainly due to the protection that the linemen provide on a weekly basis.
The road ahead does look optimistic, but that does not mean it will be easy. If the team is capable of winning their next three of four games, then they will have a legitimate chance of claiming the AFC South. Indianapolis is set to kick-off against the Titans at 1 p.m. ET at Lucas Oil Stadium. Be sure to tune in and watch what will undoubtedly be a spectacular contest.