The Indianapolis Colts went into Sunday’s game on the back of a loss after a last minute missed field goal vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Colts came up against a 1-7 Miami Dolphins team that are rumored to be in tank mode, and put on a abysmal showing. There were not many positives from Sunday’s game and it was hard finding any to highlight. The negatives definitely outweighed the positives.
Here’s the stock report for week 10:
Stock Up: Darius Leonard
After the sloppy performance Leonard put together last week against the Steelers, the Maniac was certainly back to his best this week. Leonard was all over the field against the Dolphins and his stats line certainly reflected this: 13 tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, 1 sack, 1 QB hit, 1 interception and a forced fumble. If there was a play to make on Sunday, Leonard made it. He was rushing the passer (and got home!), he was in coverage and got an interception, and he was tackling and got a forced fumble. The Maniac was back!
Stock Down: The Whole Offense
The Colts’ offense put up 12 points against the 1-7 Miami Dolphins! Do I really need to say anymore? (I don’t have to, but I will). The Colts scored ZERO points in the first half of the game, against the MIAMI FREAKING DOLPHINS! Brian Hoyer had to quarterback the team, but instead of putting together a solid showing like he did against Pittsburgh last week, he instead threw 3 interceptions and only managed 204 yards passing, against the MIAMI FREAKING DOLPHINS! Marlon Mack managed only 74 yards rushing, against the MIAMI FREAKING DOLPHINS! Sensing a theme here? Don’t get me wrong the Dolphins are an NFL team, but they are awful at the moment and it’s because they are in full-on tank mode. The fact that they have allowed 31 touchdowns to opposing teams all year and only scored 13 says a lot. However, the Colts only managed to score 1 touchdown in 60 minutes of football against the Dolphins defense which has played like a sieve all year, not acceptable!
Stock Up: Khari Willis
Finding another positive from Sunday’s game was tough, but one player did show out and that was Khari Willis. Willis was the official starter for the Colts on defense, (FINALLY), over Clayton Geathers, playing 91% of defensive snaps compared to Geathers 9%. He was active all over the field, coming down regularly in run support, allowed only 18 yards in coverage and had 8 tackles and 6 defensive stops. Willis should continue to start for the rest of the season and the future, he is by far the most impressive rookie and has been a constant bright spark on defense this year.
Stock Down: Adam Vinatieri
Vinatieri’s stock is so far down that I don’t think it’s even visible at this point. This week’s gaffe was a missed point-after attempt. Last week, it was a missed field goal to win the game. Vinatieri is kicking 73.7% on field goals and just 70% on PATs. Both are the lowest in the last 10 years of Vinatieri’s career. He just isn’t getting it done anymore, and it is costing the team valuable points in close games. 21 points have been lost due to Vinatieri misses in 9 games this season which have all been decided by 7 points or less. The Colts have a decision to make at kicker, and it might very well be the end of the road for the GOAT.