A Monday after a Colts win is always just a little bit better. For the third straight year we needed to wait until the third Monday of the season to celebrate a win, but hey a win is a win.
The Colts were, at times, unimpressive, but unlike the first two weeks, they did enough to win this time.
Oh, and the Colts were the lone AFC South team to register a win this week. Not bad.
MVP - T.Y. Hilton
This week, Hilton said that he needed to step up and make some plays. He did just that. After a quiet first half, Hilton emerged in the second half totaling 174 yards on eight catches, and a score. The Chargers didn't have an answer for the receiver in the second half, so Andrew Luck continued to feed him the ball.
Hilton's long touchdown will be the highlight of the game, but it wasn't even his best play. That honor belongs to Hilton's toe tap catch along the sideline. The receiver made a spectacular over the shoulder grab, keeping his feet in bounds for a long gain. A beautiful play that netted the Colts a huge first down.
So Close Award - Frank Gore
I thought Sunday would be the day. Gore had 70 yards on the ground in the first half, and was running well. It looked like the 100 yard curse would finally be broken. But then, it wasn't. The Colts moved away from the run in the second half, and when they tried to run, the Charges bottled it up. Gore finished with 82 yards and a touchdown. Still great production, but the goal of 100 yards for a single rusher still eludes the Colts.
Welcome Sight Award - Turnovers
In the first two weeks, the Colts struggled to produce takeaways. This week, the defense came away with three takeaways, all on Charger fumbles. This, more importantly, included two on the Chargers final two possessions. Hopefully taking the ball away is something the Colts can continue to do.
On the Horn Award - Bob Lamey
Some of you may have read this. I would also say this might be my favorite moment from this game. After the Colts sealed the win after the Chargers untimed down, Colts play-by-play announcer was...well, rather glad the game was over.
You aren't supposed to say those things on the radio, but really, Lamey conveyed probably all of our thoughts in that moment.
LVP - Penalties
I almost called this one "Coaching" instead of "Penalties." But I'll stick with penalties. The Colts just can't get out of their own way at times. In this game, it was the most evident when the Colts offense managed to back themselves up into a 2nd and 40 situation. That's bad. Like, really bad.
This has been a theme in the first few games, though. The Colts are penalized a lot. I don't have a stat on it, but it has got to be near the top of the NFL. Fortunately for the Colts, the Chargers also couldn't get out of their own way with penalties, gifting the Colts a few first downs.
It wasn't pretty. The defense was surprisingly mostly good, and the offense moved the ball when it needed to. The team still needs consistency though, and on the field that starts with Luck. At times, Luck looked great, but at times the quarterback made some poor decisions and missed a few throws. As the team gets healthy you can see some improvement, but they really need to work on being consistent for an entire game.
Next up for the Colts is a trip to London for their first division game against the Jaguars. This would be a huge win for the Colts, as it would bring them up to .500 and 1-0 in the division. Huge game. Huge.