In a stunning development, the Indianapolis Colts absolutely dominated the first half of today’s game against the Minnesota Vikings about as much as you could have imagined. The Colts lead 27-0 at halftime, and not even that does the domination justice.
The Colts have the edge in first downs 21 to 2, have the edge in yards 281 to 69, have the edge in rushing yards 98 to 17, have the edge in passing yards 183 to 52, have the edge in turnovers zero to two, and have the edge in time of possession 23:32 to 6:28. Again, an absolute, total domination. The Colts scored on all but one possession in the first half, led by a touchdown pass from Andrew Luck to Erik Swoope, two touchdown rushes by Robert Turbin, and two long field goals from Adam Vinatieri (from 48 and 50 yards out).
Andrew Luck was phenomenal, completing 16 of 23 passes (69.6%) for 183 yards and a touchdown without any turnovers. Frank Gore rushed for 73 yards, while Robert Turbin rushed for 13 yards and two scores. In the receiving game, Erik Swoope came out of nowhere to have a huge half, catching three passes for 50 yards and a score to lead the Colts in receiving yards. T.Y. Hilton (two catches for 43 yards) and Jack Doyle (three catches for 29 yards) both made some plays as well. Combined, the Colts’ three tight ends caught seven passes for 92 yards and a score.
Defensively, the Colts had an impressive performance against a struggling Vikings offense, including forcing two turnovers. Mike Adams stripped Adrian Peterson in the red zone and recovered, and then on the next drive intercepted Sam Bradford.
It was a tremendous first half for the Colts, and we’ll see if they can keep it up in the second half. With the Texans struggling today, if Indy can keep it up things might get a bit more interesting in the AFC South. Whatever happens, here’s your open thread for the second half.