After a hard-fought, ugly game, the Colts came up with their first win of the season against an opponent we have gotten used to beating. It seems like the only thing the Colts have to do to beat the Titans is just show up, specially considering they were considered heavy favorites for this game (according to ESPN it was 65% Titans, 35% Colts) after beating the hyped Browns in Week 1. Despite Titans fans confidence in their team finally turning things around against the Horseshoe, history repeated itself and the Colts escaped Nashville with a narrow 19-17 win.
MVP of the Game: Jacoby Brissett
Even though he had his fair share of mistakes, including an ugly fumble on a pump fake, Brissett takes home the MVP award mainly because of his excellent pocket management, as he had some Houdini escapes on a few plays and his poise and accuracy in the red-zone, with magnificent throws to Campbell and Hilton. Brissett also gets extra points for once again leading a fourth-quarter comeback drive that ends in a touchdown. Thankfully, he is playing really well and should only continue to get better.
Dud of the Game: Clayton Geathers
It would be really easy to take the low-hanging fruit and pounce on Vinatieri for missing two PATs, but since it looks like he is retiring, I’ll cut him some slack in respect for all that he has done for this franchise. Instead, once again safety Clayton Geathers had a rough game. As of today, his main qualities are leadership and special teams play, but he is not suited to start alongside Malik Hooker on Eberflus’ defense.
Geathers looked slow and was a liability in coverage. He even lost some playing time to rookie Khari Willis. Unless Geathers can step up, I expect Willis to eventually take over the starting position. (On a side note, I would absolutely love the Colts trading for Minkah Fitzpatrick)
Play of the Week: Jordan Wilkins 55 yard run
Late in the fourth-quarter, with the Colts desperately needing a spark on offense, Wilkins rushed right through the middle and got the ball inside the 5 yard line. On the following play, T.Y Hilton scored the game-winning touchdown.
Worst Play of the Week: Jacoby Brissett’s fumble
The video speaks for itself...
Embarrassing fumble on a pump fake by Jacoby Brissett.pic.twitter.com/oPxauFQO2n— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 15, 2019
Best Position Group: Defensive Line
Despite not being really good against the run, the Colts defensive line was constantly getting pressure on Mariota’s face and the Titans passing game could never get on a rhythm. It was also encouraging to watch the depth on the D-Line, with Muhammad and Stewart stepping up and having a solid game.
Unsung Hero: Mo Alie-Cox
I know what you are thinking, how can a guy with 0 catches be the unsung hero?!? Well, Cox’s game is much more than his catching; he is an elite run-blocker and was a big reason why the Colts got over 150 yards on the ground.
Breakout Player: Jordan Wilkins
While he got just 5 carries, Wilkins made the most of it, turning them into 82 yards. Wilkins is the perfect complement to Marlon Mack and his workload should increase in the near future.