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Colts Receivers Step Up for Brissett in Win Over Browns

NFL: Cleveland Browns at Indianapolis Colts Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

Coming into the Week 3 matchup against the Cleveland Browns, the Colts receiving corps has been less than impressive to say the least. Through the first two weeks of the season Colts receivers were putting together a 40 percent catch rate (15 of 37) and hadn’t scored a single touchdown.

Today at Lucas Oil Stadium was a bit of a different story. The Colts receivers were far more reliable and acted as though they understood how bad they have played to this point. The unit caught 9 of their 14 targets for 228 yards receiving and T.Y. Hilton scored on a long touchdown catch and run, and there was a much more focused approach overall.

The unit was more crisp in their routes, were less willing to go down at the first sight of a defender. Just in general the receivers were the security blanket for the offense as the running game did virtually nothing in the second half, and struggled to get real yardage outside of a handful of solid rushes.

The Colts running game went for 2.6 yards per carry which is less than their average and would be the worst average in the league. That’s what happens when you play with a lead under Chuck Pagano and play not to lose.

Additionally, the most reliable receiving option on the Colts offense, Jack Doyle, was simply not himself today. Doyle caught 2 of his 5 targets — for 16 yards — on the day and fumbled the ball away on one of his receptions. It’s a good thing the WR corps was who they were, right?

The Colts cannot continue to rely on one position to get them a win each and every week. Eventually, they’re going to have to get a complete performance out of each side of the ball and they simply aren’t getting that right now.

In the end, it was very nice to see Donte Moncrief and Hilton come to play today. Quan Bray filled in nicely after Kamar Aiken left the game with a concussion in the second quarter and weren’t given a large role in the game after midway through the third quarter.

Jacoby Brissett threw only 12 passes in the second half, completed 8 of them for all of 53 yards. In the first half he was 9 of 12 for 206 yards. This is exactly why the Colts scored 3 points in the second half, and were outscored 21-3 in the last 35 minutes of the game. I hope everyone maintained their lunch after that vomit-inducing gameplan in the second half.