The Indianapolis Colts won their first game of the season on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. It wasn't a close contest thanks to a big game from Andrew Luck, but it was against arguably the worst team in the NFL.
Still, it was good to see Luck get plenty of chances to throw down the field. He finished with 370 yards and four touchdowns on 31-for-39 passing, giving him the AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
As a whole, the team played quite well, and because of that, this will be a more optimistic week of film breakdown. Instead of good and bad plays, we'll be taking a look at two of the most effective plays on offense for Indianapolis.
2nd and 8, Q1, 3:44 Remaining
Offensive Personnel: Posse (3 WR, 1 TE, 1 RB)
Trent Richardson's longest run as a Colt came in the first quarter of Sunday's game. While Richardson does deserve some credit for finding the hole on this play, the blocking scheme displayed here was one of the more intriguing I've seen in the Pep Hamilton era.
Here we have three pulling blockers in Hugh Thornton, Jack Mewhort and Anthony Castonzo. While Mewhort and Thornton and heading outside of the offensive tackle, Castonzo is pulling around A.Q. Shipley, who is down-blocking one of the defensive tackles.
Because of the overload of blockers (including the three pulling blockers still shown in green) heading towards the strong side of the formation, Paul Posluszny over commits and breaks containment on the outside the cutback lane that Shipley, Gosder Cherilus and Castonzo are quickly creating.
Once Posluszny heads towards the sideline, Richardson is able to make a solid cut back and finds himself with a wide-open rushing lane, going for 27 yards on the play.
1st and 10, Q2, 13:50 Remaining
Offensive Personnel: Heavy (1 WR, 3 TE, 1 RB)
Formation: Big Wing
With how much the Colts love to run, it's good to see that they're not afraid to use some play-action passes when the personnel on the field make it look like a running play. On this play, the Colts have three tight ends on the field, with Jack Doyle actually lined up at offensive tackle with Gosder Cherilus on the outside of him on the left side of the formation.
On this play, the Colts are simply trying to find a hole in the coverage. All three route-runners have a man covering them, while there's a single-high safety playing deep and two men acting as "robbers" in the middle of the field. Because of the way the coverage is designed, it leaves the field on the outside of the numbers quite exposed.
Thanks to a good read from Luck, he's able to get it off on time before one of the robbers can catch up with T.Y. Hilton as he cuts back towards the line of scrimmage. The pass gets off quickly and accurately, giving the Colts a 22-yard gain and putting them in the red zone.
Note: All game footage is screen shots from NFL Game Rewind.