What a way to start things off at Lucas Oil Stadium! The Colts got a great win against a quality opponent and are now 2-1 to begin the season (could have easily been 3-0). This game seemed like a blowout at the half, with the Colts being up 20-3. However, the Falcons came out fired up in the second half and scored touchdowns on their first three drives. Luckily, the Colts scored in between that scoring barrage by the Falcons and managed to eat up the final 4:30 of the game.
MVP of the Game: Jacoby Brissett
I was tempted to give this one to Anthony Walker, who had a really good game, but he did miss a few coverages on Austin Hooper in the second half, so Jacoby is once again the Colts MVP of the game. Brissett was excellent this game, and despite a few little mistakes here and there, he had 310 yards and two scores, without any turnovers. Jacoby has developed a real connection with T.Y Hilton, especially in the red-zone, and he loves getting his tight ends involved. Reich was much more aggressive with his play-calling, and Brissett showed Colts fans that he can be trusted to lead this team. In case you have not noticed, I’m all about that JB hype.
Dud of the Game: Entire D-Line
The fact the defensive line was banged up throughout the game with injuries to Tyquan Lewis, Al-Qadin Muhammad, and Denico Autry is no excuse for how poorly the d-line played yesterday. Against a mediocre Falcons offensive line, the Colts did not get a single sack against Matt Ryan, and just amassed 4 QB hits on 34 attempts. In the running game, there were a few plays where Devonta Freeman had absolutely huge holes to run through, and he averaged 5.5 yards per carry, significantly more than what he was averaging entering the game.
Play of the Week: Jack Doyle’s late game catch to seal the game
On 3rd and 4, right after the Falcons burnt their last timeout with 1:54 seconds remaining, the Colts ran a perfect play-action that faked the run up the middle and left Doyle wide open for an easy third down conversion. Had the Colts ran the ball and kicked the field goal, Matt Ryan would have had a little bit more than a minute to score a touchdown, and even though that is not much time, he had been having his way against the Colts defense for most of the second half.
Worst Play of the Week: Failing to score a TD on 1st and Goal, mid 2Q.
The Colts had a first and goal on the 1 yard line of the Falcons midway through the second quarter. After a fantastic drive that started on the Colts 3 yard line, Indy made it all the way right to the doorstep of the Falcons’ end zone, yet after Marlon Mack was stuffed on 1st down, and Brissett threw two incompletions afterwards, the Colts were forced to settle for the field goal.
Best Position Group: Offensive Line
Big holes all game day long for Mack to run through, excellent protection in the passing game, and very few penalties this time makes the Colts offensive line the best position group on Sunday. Also, enjoy this clip of a Falcons cornerback absolutely cowering in the face of Big Q to start the week.
Unsung hero: Zach Pascal
What a game for Zach Pascal, who is typically used on special teams and as a blocking receiver. Pascal had a wide open touchdown on an excellent play call by Frank Reich and finished the game with two receptions for 53 yards and a score. Really solid game for him.
Rookie of the Week: Bobby Okereke
Starting at linebacker after Darius Leonard’s injury, Okereke had a solid first start on Sunday. He finished the game with 8 total tackles and had a really solid hit on Devonta Freeman. He was always near the ball and overall was pretty good filling in for one of the best linebackers in the game.