The Indianapolis Colts headed into their Week 8 matchup with the Oakland Raiders with a bit of momentum, but had their work cut out for themselves on the West coast. The Colts took an early lead and looked like they might cruise past the Raiders, but the Colts defense was uninspired to say the least.
Today we’ll go through and discuss everything from the offensive explosion the team has been displaying lately, to the defensive consistently loose play, but also talk about their ability to make plays when they’re needed the most. Matt looks at the Colts on third down, how good the Colts were in the second half on first, and second down and how the offense as a whole has finally become a unit that can make some real noise with the O-line, running game, Andrew Luck’s greatness and a couple trusted targets in the receiver corps.
Sunday we saw a team that was typically on the other side of these sorts of games. This time the Colts were the ones getting off the field on a third down stop in a tie game, driving down the field to score, then forcing a turnover to turn a nip-and-tuck game into a two-score win that looks like a blowout on the scoreboard.
The Colts are now 3-5 heading into their bye week and are only two games out behind a team that they absolutely should have beaten in their first go-round. They have a very favorable schedule from here on out and may be in great position to take the AFC South if they can tweak some things defensively and maintain their offensive prowess of late.
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