In Brissett’s return from injury the Colts delivered a crucial win against the division rivals Jacksonville Jaguars to keep the play-off hopes alive. In what was the first game decided by more than 7 points in this season the Colts finally got back to running the damn ball and the results came, having two 100 yard rushers in what seems like a generation.
MVPs of the game: Marlon Mack, Jonathan Williams
The running game finally took off after a bad couple of weeks. Mack was his usual self before leaving the game with a hand injury. He was patient behind the line of scrimmage and had a beautiful touchdown run where he spinned off two defenders. Williams surprised everyone and had himself a breakout day. The duo rushed for a combined 225 yards on just 27 carries. With Mack out against the Texans, the Colts will be hoping that Williams’ game was not a fluke.
Dud of the Game (The Grigsy): Right side of the line
It was hard finding any players that were bad this game, considering the Colts dominated the Jags all game, but the right side of the offensive line continues to be a problem for Indy. Braden Smith seems like he gets beat every other play on pass protection and Mark Glowinski has regressed tremendously to the point that he is either committing a penalty or letting the defender blow by him on every play.
Play of the Game: Marlon Mack’s spin cycle
With the Colts down 7-0 early in the first quarter, Mack capped off a dominant 76 yard drive with this amazing touchdown.
Worst Play of the Game: Special Teams mishap on a Jags punt
After the Colts defense once again forced a 3 and out, the Jags punted the ball away. Unfortunately, an unfortunate error by Bobby Okereke, where the ball dropped right next to him and touched him allowed Jacksonville to recover possession deep into Colts territory. The Colts D made yet another stand and forced the Jaguars to kick the field goal, and thankfully Lambo missed it, but it seemed like a missed opportunity to put the final nail in the coffin.
Best Position Group: Running Backs
What a day for the Colts backs. Mack was excellent once again and looked like the back we saw in the first few weeks. Williams had a breakout game subbing in for him and even Hines got into the action, catching 3 balls for 24 yards and adding a touchdown on the ground.
Unsung Hero: Adam Vinatieri
Let’s be real, many Colts fans were asking for Vinatieri to be cut or put on IR after yet another missed PAT against the Dolphins last week. This game, he was perfect on all his 5 kicks and more importantly the ball finally stopped turning sideways on every kick. Let’s just hope he can keep this solid kicking going at least till the end of the season.
Rookie of the Week: Rock Ya-Sin
Ya-Sin had an excellent game both in coverage, recording an interception and always being near his receiver, and also tackling. He had to leave the game with an ankle injury in the second half, but after watching him get burnt time after time during the first half of the season it is encouraging to see him make strides in his play.