The Indianapolis Colts went into Sunday’s game on the back of a big overtime win against one of the top teams in the NFC the Green Bay Packer in week 11. The Colts came up against a strong team who were coming off a big victory over the Baltimore Ravens the previous week. There were some strong showings during the 45-26 loss against the Tennessee Titans, and a few poor ones, as well.
TY Hilton managed his best game of the season Sunday against the Titans, even though it was in a loss. Hilton had 4 catches on 5 targets for 81 yards and a touchdown Sunday. Hilton put in a great performance against a good defense and managed to end his 14 game touchdown drought too. Hilton proved Sunday he has plenty left in the tank and plenty to offer to the Colts offense going forward.
Nyheim Hines was the lead back on Sunday due to Jonathan Taylor ending up on the Reserve/COVID-list before the game. Hines did not disappoint, he played 65% of the offense snaps and managed 10 carries for 29 yards adding 8 catches for 66 yards receiving. At one point, when Wilkins was injured in the game, Hines was the only running back available and played well through out the game. The Colts know now they can rely on Hines in times of need and to make a play.
Danny Pinter had the hard task of stepping in for one of the best centers in the league in Ryan Kelly. Kelly was ruled OUT before the game with a neck injury and Pinter had to start in his place. Pinter, a rookie fifth round pick, was throw into the fire against a very good Titans defensive front and handle himself very well. Pinter did have a bad snap or two in the shotgun but put up a very solid performance, especially in pass protection, only allowing 2 pressures through out the game, according to Pro Football Focus.
Rock Ya-Sin had a game to forget on Sunday. After an up and down game against the Packers the week before, Ya-Sin needed a bounce back performance Sunday. Unfortunately for Ya-Sin he did the opposite and did not have a good game in which he ended up getting benched for TJ Carrie. Ya-Sin was targeted for most of the game and was beaten by AJ Brown for a 69 yard touchdown. But it didn’t end there, he gave up a big pass interference call which led to a scoring drive. He then was called for another penalty on third down when the Colts had sacked Tannehill and were set to end the drive, however his penalty negated the sack and the Titans scored on the drive. Ya-Sin still has the potential to be a very good corner but Sunday was a game to learn from in a major way.
Le’Raven Clark was asked to fill the very big shoes of LT Anthony Castonzo when he went down with a knee injury. Clark struggled mightily from the get go and looked uncomfortable all game. Clark couldn’t handle the Titans defensive line and was over matched consistently. He allowed several pressure and Rivers had to rush through his progressions for nearly all the remainder of the game. The Colts have been here earlier in the year against the Browns when Castonzo missed the game and Clark had to play. Similarly to the Browns game the Colts struggled mightily passing the ball, which they had to due to being behind in the game, and the offensive production took a massive plummet when Clark took over for Castonzo. The Colts need a better plan in place going forward if Castonzo miss time as Clark just isn’t it.