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While the Colts offense and defense has been rather putrid since their Week 8 bye, an area that has long been a weak spot, namely their special teams, has performed quite well. Outside of a disastrous game covering Tavon Austin of the Rams in Week 10, the Colts special teams has ranked in the Top 10 much of the season.
They currently rank No. 6 in special teams at Pro Football Focus.
A big reason why the unit has played better this season over previous ones has to do with players like Sergio Brown and Andy Studebaker. Brown was signed last season while Studebaker was brought into the fold in October of this year. Both are excellent coverage players on special teams, along with fullback Stanley Havili and running back Dan Herron.
However, this Sunday against the Titans, Brown is listed as questionable with a hand injury. The team has already lost another solid special teams contributor in rookie Delano Howell, placing him on IR last week. Taking Howell’s place is veteran safety Corey Lynch, signed by the team on Tuesday. First year player Josh McNary was promoted from the practice squad specially for the speed he could offer to the special teams unit.
If Brown misses Sunday’s game, that’s a big blow to the Colts’ special teams coverage.
Also playing well for the Colts special teams is kicker Adam Vinatieri, whose converted 21 of 24 field goal attempts this year. He won AFC Special Teams layer of the Week two weeks ago when the Colts defeated the Titans 30-27 in Nashville.