The Indianapolis Colts went into Sunday’s game on the back of a bad division loss, having been beaten by the Houston Texans. The Colts came up against a strong team this week in the Tennesse Titans who were on a hot 2 game win streak. There were strong showings during the 31-17 loss, and a few poor ones, as well.
Here’s the stock report for week 13:
Zach Pascal has been the most consistent Colts wide receiver the team has had all season, that speaks volume. Hilton has been injured for 5 games, Funchess on IR, Campbell often injured and Rogers has been quiet. Pascal is the only Colts wide receiver to have a 100 yard game and he’s had two of them. Pascal had a really good showing against the Titans with a 7 catch 109 yard performance. Pascal is the Colts clear number 1 wide receiver at the moment and rightfully so.
Jack Doyle was back to Mr. Dependable Doyle as Colts fans have seen over his whole career on Sunday. He was constantly open and available whether it be down the field or on check down plays for Brissett to hit. Doyle is the Colts number 1 tight end and best receiving option at the moment and needs to be targeted as often as possible without being forced the ball. Doyle managed a 6 catch 73 yard day, while also managing to haul in a touchdown pass.
The Colts Pass Rush was on fire Sunday. The defense managed to sack Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill six times. It wasn’t just one or two indidivuals bringing the heat, but seven different Colts defenders managed to bring Tannehill down for a sack. Darius Leonard led the way with 2 sacks, Jabaal Sheard and Bobby Okereke both managed 1 and Anthony Walker, Denico Autry, Kenny Moore and George Odum all managed half a sack each. It is the Colts' highest sack total all year and was the main reason the Colts managed to keep the Titans offense to only 24 points (Tannehill throwing for two touchdowns, Henry rushing for one and a field goal).
Jacoby Brissett played a game of two halves. In the first half, he played like the quarterback all Colts fans have wanted: an aggressive, down the field thrower. The second half, though, Brissett played like he has the for most of the season, which is to say dissapointingly. Brissett’s yardage from Sunday looks good, 319 yards, but only managing 1 touchdown all game and throwing two bad interceptions doesn’t boast well. Brissett has not had a multi-touchdown game since Week 7, and Sunday was the first time Brissett had gone for over 300 yards since Week 7, as well.
Another Week and another poor showing for the Colts' Field Goal Unit. The Colts' field goal unit managed to miss a field goal, have one blocked and also have another blocked and returned for a touchdown. Adam Vinatieri was to blame for the first missed field goal as he missed it wide right, the second field goal was blocked after poor blocking upfront and a low kick from Vinatieri and the final attempt was a shocking attempt at blocking from the field goal unit which led to the kick being blocked and then it was returned for the touchdown. Special teams coach Bubba Vetrone has not had a good year in charge of special teams in his second season with the team.
While the Colts pass rush feasted on Ryan Tannehill all day the Colts Run Defense was porous all day. The colts defense allowed Titans running back Derrick Henry to rush for 149 yards and a touchdown. Henry rushed for an average of 5.7 yards a carry against the Colts and became the first rusher to go over 100 yards in the last 29 games. The Colts need to shore up the rush defense if they want to be able to make teams one-dimensional, or they will be fighting a battle on two fronts.