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Colts Stock Report Week 4

NFL: SEP 29 Raiders at Colts Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Indianapolis Colts went into Sunday's game on the back of a good win against the Falcons, and were feeling confident. However, the Colts were quickly brought back down to Earth and humbled by a defeat to the Raiders. There were plenty of ups and downs during the 31-24 loss and players improved and worsened their stock.

Here’s the stock report from Week 4:

Stock Up: Zach Pascal

Was this the Zach Pascal coming out show? Pascal was a very much welcomed bright spot on offense this Sunday, pulling in four catches for 72 yards. Pascal produced when pretty much the rest of the offense looked flat and were clouded by drops. Someone had to step up with Colts star wide receiver TY Hilton out of the game, and Pascal did that. He was a solid target for Brissett and may have just earned himself more snaps and playing time.

Stock Down: Pass Rush

One word for the pass rush on Sunday? Non-existent. The Raiders offensive line manhandled the Colts pass rushers all game and it showed. Derek Carr was given far too much time to operate and it ended with him finding plenty of wide-open receivers throughout the game. The Colts ended the game with one sack, and that was only because Derek Carr stepped out before the line of scrimmage. The Colts simply cannot give any quarterback that time to pass, otherwise it will be a disaster.

Stock Up: Khari Willis

Finding a bright spark on the Colts defense was not easy in the slightest. Khari Willis’ performance, however, was promising. Willis was thrown into a starting position after Malik Hooker’s injury last week. He handled himself very well, finishing the game with nine tackles, one tackle for a loss and a pass defended. Willis was especially effective coming downhill making tackles in and around the line of scrimmage. Willis is trending in the right direction and could be another promising talent found by Chris Ballard.

Stock Down: Run Defense

The Colts run defense this season, let alone this Sunday, has been flat-out disappointing. The early poor trend continued against the Raiders as they out-muscled the Colts defense and rushed for 188 yards and 5.9 yards per carry. The Colts defensive line was consistently outworked by the Raiders offensive line throughout the game, the linebackers took poor angles, the defensive ends were sucked inside, and there were missed tackles all over the field.

Stock Up: Jacoby Brissett

Many fans will blame Jacoby Brissett for the loss, but it’s the opposite. Brissett kept the team alive in the game and could have won the game for the team if it wasn't for a ill-timed interception. Brissett was immediately put into a tough situation by the Colts defense going down to a 14-0 deficit quickly in the game. Despite the poor play from nearly everyone around him, he managed to produce somewhat effectively. Forced to work with receivers who couldn’t seem to catch the ball, he still threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns. Brissett kept the team alive and even after his interception, when the team was driving for the score, he still managed to throw a touchdown to keep the game within one score. Brissett was not the problem this Sunday.

Stock Down: Eric Ebron

Eric Ebron probably had his worst game since joining the Colts last year. He was plagued with drops, and looked poor. Ebron did try to redeem himself with a late touchdown, but outside of that he was not the Ebron Colts fans have come to love. His play was well below what is expected of him and he was clearly frustrated with his own performance.