One early story in the game is that there is a great deal of defensive rotation going on for the Colts. There is a third and long package that includes Margus Hunt, John Simon, and Barkevious Mingo as the primary pass rushers. Mingo and Simon were both able to get early pressure on Kizer, with Simon landing another sack.
The defense in general might turn into an average or better unit this year with one of the better defensive lines in the league. The one constant through three games, regardless of anyone’s opinions about opponent strength has been a defensive line who spends much of the game disrupting the opposition’s offense.
Offensively, we saw what we expected when the Colts were on offense. Gregg Williams dialing up a great deal of pressure and sending a big chunk of his defense to test Jacoby Brissett. It is not overly surprising that Brissett would have some early struggles against the pressure but he did hold onto the ball too long early and must get through his reads quicker.
We also saw the benefits of Jacoby Brissett having a full week to work with the Colts starting wide receivers. He displayed nice touch and timing with T.Y. Hilton to go for over 50 yards on two different drives. Both of those drives led to a Colts touchdown.
The Colts gave up a touchdown after a big passing play over the top of Pierre Desir, to Kenny Britt. Duke Johnson, Jr. took a pitch around the left end and the officials decided to allow Jabaal Sheard to get mugged, giving Johnson the edge. A frustrating drive for the Colts defense.
We saw an up and down game in the first half from the rookie defensive backers. Malik Hooker allowed a long reception for a first down to a TE that shouldn’t have gotten behind him. He then put a hit on Deshone Kizer that was too low and helped the Browns scored a touchdown to close out the half. We will have to take a look at the All-22 this week to figure the open tight end but it reeks of miscommunication somewhere.
Rookie nickel corner Nate Hairston made a nice play on 3rd and 3 to get his hand on the ball and break up what would have otherwise been a first down reception.
T.Y. Hilton entered the game dealing with a lot of “ghost” insults suggesting that he was no where to be seen in the first two games. In the first half he has caught 5 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown. The offense was very boom or bust in the first half with Brissett. He is killing it on hitting long throws and running for touchdowns but otherwise struggling in the short game.
After the first half, Brissett is 9/12 for 206 yards passing yards, a passing touchdown, and two rushing touchdowns. That is good for a QB Rating of 144.4 in the first half.
The Colts lead 28-14.