The Indianapolis Colts are sitting at their bye week with a 3-5 record. It has been an up and down season but there has been no shortage of great plays. I know the bye week can be tough without Colts football so let’s reflect on some of the best plays at the midway point of the season.
Players like Nyheim Hines, Eric Ebron, and Darius Leonard have been excellent additions and they are seen all over this top ten list. If you think that my rankings were off or want to include your own rankings, please do so in the comments section.
10.) Marlon Mack untouched for 6
The Colts’ offense was rolling against the Bills as Andrew Luck threw for 4 touchdowns. This was a simple check down to running back Marlon Mack and he burst up the sideline for the easy touchdown. Mack has been playing at a very high level the last three weeks heading into the bye.
9.) Darius Leonard clinches the win in Washington
Darius Leonard has been outstanding this season. In week 2 against the Washington Redskins, he took over the game from start to finish. Late in the game with Washington driving for one last chance at a come back, Leonard shut the door with a big forced fumble.
8.) Malik Hooker doing what he does best
There have been many questions this season regarding where Malik Hooker has gone. He has had a relatively quiet season in Matt Eberflus’ new defensive scheme. Against the Jets though, Hooker reminded fans that he is still a ball hawk in the secondary.
7.) Eric Ebron continues his stellar play
The Colts were in an offensive dog fight with the Raiders last week. The Raiders had all the momentum in the third quarter until this big touchdown catch by Ebron. Ebron has proved time and again that he is one of Andrew Luck’s most reliable targets.
6.) Nyheim Hines spins his way to his first career touchdown
Hines had a very rough preseason for the Colts. He had trouble on special teams and did very little on offense. Once regular season play started, Hines turned into a dynamic offensive weapon. Obviously, his number change to 21 made all of the difference.
5.) The return of Jack Doyle
This season has been rough for fan favorite Jack Doyle. After a costly fumble in week one against the Bengals, Doyle barely played until week 7 due to injury. He returned to form in a big way against the Raiders. This touchdown is a reminder that the Pro Bowl tight end is still a valuable piece in this offense.
4.) The Estonian Giant does it all
Margus Hunt has been a revelation this season. A former second round pick of the Bengals, Hunt found his way to the Colts after a few unsuccessful seasons. Under new DC Matt Eberflus, Hunt has become everything the Bengals hoped he would. This play is the perfect example of that.
3.) Nyheim Hines soars for the touchdown
With the Colts forced to comeback against division rivals Houston Texans, quarterback Andrew Luck put his trust into Hines. He threw a goal line fade to a 5’8” running back against Tyrann Mathieu... and it somehow worked. Hines pulls of the incredible catch for the touchdown.
2.) MO ALIE-COX DID WHAT?!?!
Mo Alie-Cox had people around the NFL saying his amazing name after this catch. The former VCU power forward showed off his basketball skills on this incredible catch. This may be a top ten play of the year for the NFL at this point but it is not number one on this list.
1.) Darius Leonard saves the season
The Colts’ defense could not stop the Raiders throughout the entire game. Needing a win against one of the worst team’s in football, “Maniac” won the game with a tomahawk punch on the ball. Not only is this a great play but it is probably the most impactful play of the season. That is why “Maniac” gets the number one spot on Top Ten Plays of the Mid-Season.
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