In a game that the final score did not reflect how close this game was, our Colts came away with a win. One they may not have deserved, but thanks to the legs of Marlon Mack, Nyheim Hines, a very good offensive line (possibly the best line most Indianapolis Colts fans have ever seen) and Darius Leonard’s ability to make plays at the biggest moments of the game, it was a win all the same. Frank Reich has been true to his word since getting Anthony Castonzo back in the lineup, as he has leaned heavily on the run game which has taken pressure off of Andrew Luck. Yet Luck still continues to throw touchdown after touchdown. The offense is starting to gel while the defense, save for a few building blocks, needs a serious infusion of talent in the off season.
Each week, I look to break down two of the best or worst plays or situations from the previous game, but I rely on the help of the Stampede Blue community to decide what plays should be given a closer look as I hope to explain what happened in greater detail than the broadcasters can. Often you’ll hear “how did that guy get so open?” and I hope to be able to answer that question for Colts fans this season.
My vote this week will be for Jack Doyle’s multiple catches in the 4th quarter with the score tied 28-28, it was a drive dominated by the now healthy tight end and it seemed fitting that Doyle was the one who capped the drive off with a touchdown catch and run to give the Colts a lead they would never relinquish. This game gave us a lot to look at when you consider the purpose of this impact plays series, there were a lot of well designed plays that went for 1-2 yards that don’t really fit with the definition of “impact”. Regardless in any game where the teams combine for 70 points, there will be plenty of options to choose from. Let me know in the comments if there’s anything else you want to see.
On a side note, during this game I realized that Jack Doyle is to Indianapolis what Marshawn Lynch is to Oakland and though I’ve never lived on the West Coast, I now completely understand what culture shock must feel like.
What Impact Play would you like to see broken down this week?
This poll is closed
Mo Alie-Cox’s one handed touchdown catch
Derek Carr’s 2nd quarter touchdown passes
Nyheim Hines 15 yard run with 1:30 left in the 2nd quarter
Doug Martin’s 29 yard, 3rd quarter run
Marlon Mack’s 49 yard, 3rd quarter run
Eric Ebron’s 3rd quarter touchdown catch (on an amazing pass from Luck)
TY Hilton’s first and only catch of the game, coming in a big spot
Jack Doyle’s multiple catches in the 4th quarter with the score tied 28-28