What a difference an NFL caliber quarterback can make. Jacoby Brissett (aka Jake Brisket) has looked cool under preasure, made plays with his legs and has found success leading drives. All things Scott Tolzien proved incapable of last week.
Brissett's timing with the Colts receicers isn't where it needs to be, with time this should improve. While that is obvious, it's clear the Indianapolis Colts have found a legit answer until Andrew Luck is ready to go.
Frank Gore capped off a 14 play drive that took almost 6 minutes off the clock with a nice run off of a downblock from Joe Heag. This drive was made possible due to a flag thrown during a made Adam Vinatieri field goal. This mistake cost the Cardinals four points.
On the other side of the ball the Colts defense looks... strangely... good. The Cardinals haven't had much room to run and while Rashaan Melvin has been picked on rookies Quincy Wilson and Malik Hooker have looked really good. Life hasn't been easy for Carson Palmer, who looks to be on his last leg.
The front seven has been active all day keeping Palmer from settling into the pocket most of the first half. David Johnson has been missed for the Cards and it's obvious their offense is based around their injured running back.
Another thing to note is first round draft pick Malik Hooker made a play and was rewarded with his first career interception. He showed good anticipation, timing and while the ball floated he closed quickly. His first interception as a pro looked much like his college game tape which is a good sign.
Look for both teams to make adjustments, the Cards need to get something consistent going on the ground and our Colts need to get a receiving threat not named Doyle going. This should be a fun half of football, enjoy seeing an NFL caliber QB in blue.
Enjoy the second half.