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Colts snap counts vs. Raiders: Week 14

Indianapolis Colts v Las Vegas Raiders Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

OFFENSE

Philip Rivers put together perhaps his best game of the season on Sunday afternoon. He threw passes to nine different targets and finished 19/28 for 244 yards and two touchdowns. This was good for a 118.8 QB rating. He has continued to get dialed in with T.Y. Hilton, who is experiencing a late-season explosion and showing signs that concerns about his career coming to an early end were perhaps premature.

It is worth noting that Rivers’ familiarity with the Raiders appeared to be a factor. So much so that after the game, which saw the Colts dominate in both offensive phases, Las Vegas head coach Jon Gruden first defensive coordinator Paul Guenther. I hope Rivers’ sends the Guenther family something nice for the holidays.

P Rivers QB 58 95%
J Brissett QB 3 5%

The Colts’ production on the ground on Sunday was absurd. Jonathan Taylor rushed 20 times for 150 yards, with two rushing touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 15 additional yards. Nyheim Hines carried the ball seven times for 58 yards and hauled in four passes for 17 additional yards.

These numbers combine for a ridiculous 27 carries for 208 yards, a 7.7 yards-per-carry average. The Raiders have been really bad against the run for much of the year, so it certainly skews the results and perhaps future expectations but games like this generate confidence and can help build on the momentum Jonathan Taylor has started to gather in the back-half of this season.

J Taylor RB 34 56%
N Hines RB 22 36% 2 7%
J Wilkins RB 6 10% 5 17%

Do-all tight end Jack Doyle finally started to look a bit more like himself against the Raiders. He led the position in snaps, receptions, and receiving yards. This is an important late-season development because the Colts now have had big offensive contributions from each of their three tight ends this season and Philip Rivers is starting to dial things in with one of his favorite position groups.

J Doyle TE 42 69% 8 28%
T Burton TE 25 41% 2 7%
M Alie-Cox TE 20 33% 2 7%

T.Y. Hilton feasted on the Raiders defense. He led the team in targets with seven, receptions with five, receiving yards with 86, and scored two of the team’s four total offensive touchdowns. He hauled in a huge deep TD pass of 41-yards and had the officials wave off a pretty obvious pass interference penalty on what could have been another.

Hilton’s rise back to offensive prominence couldn’t be coming at a more important time. In conjunction with Michael Pittman Jr.’s rookie season development, Hilton is giving Rivers more fire-power at the receiver position. It would be truly something if Parris Campbell managed to return before year-end.

M Pittman WR 55 90%
Z Pascal WR 41 67% 4 14%
T Hilton WR 41 67%
A Dulin WR 11 18% 15 52%
M Johnson WR 8 13% 8 28%

Anthony Castonzo’s injury has forced the Colts to do a lot of shuffling on the offensive line. The Le’Raven Clark experiment didn’t last long. The Chaz Green experience hasn’t been particularly promising. The Quenton Nelson plan? Not bad but moving an All-Pro guard out of position isn’t ideal either.

If anything has become abundantly clear it’s that the Colts need to focus some time this offseason on addressing offensive line depth. An heir for Castonzo at left tackle has to be very high on the priority list and more dynamic experience and athleticism behind the starters in free agency should receive attention.

B Smith T 61 100% 8 28%
M Glowinski G 61 100% 8 28%
Q Nelson G 59 97% 8 28%
R Kelly C 59 97%
A Castonzo T 46 75%
J Hunt C 10 16%
C Green T 7 11% 8 28%
D Pinter G 2 3% 8 28%


DEFENSE

On a quiet day from the defensive line, it did accomplish one of its most important jobs on Sunday. Josh Jacobs and the Raiders’ backfield was unable to get much going, even early in the game when things were close. Limiting the ground game setup Derek Carr to try to make things happen, which led to a huge red zone interception thrown to Kenny Moore and another short pass to Jalen Richard bounced off of his hands for a pick-six.

Carr is having a solid year but still has his limitations and the defensive line bottling up the running game allowed those limitations to see light.

D Buckner DT 49 72% 10 34%
D Autry DE 44 65% 5 17%
A Muhammad DE 42 62% 3 10%
G Stewart NT 39 57% 13 45%
T Lewis DE 32 47% 5 17%
J Houston DE 28 41%
T Stallworth DT 22 32% 5 17%
K Turay DE 16 24% 3 10%

Darius Leonard left the game early with a back injury. He was never ruled out for a return and put up an impressive 11 tackles, including a tackle for loss in his 53 defensive snaps — which led the team despite leaving the game early. His future is extremely important as the Colts cannot afford to lose one of its biggest defensive leaders down the stretch.

While Anthony Walker Jr. has popped up numerous times this season with limitations in the passing game, he continues to be one of the most active defenders on the stat sheets. In 41 defensive snaps, Walker finished second on the team with eight combined tackles.

Bobby Okereke’s return came at an important time, with the Colts facing off against the hyper-productive Darren Waller — who was coming off of a monster game. His presence helped to limits Raiders’ tight ends and encouraged Las Vegas to move Waller into isolation with Kenny Moore, a decision that caused them more harm than good. Holding Waller to under 100 receiving yards and out of the end zone was important in this one and Okereke’s presence helped make that possible.

D Leonard LB 53 78% 3 10%
B Okereke LB 50 74%
A Walker LB 41 60% 8 28%
Z Franklin LB 4 6% 21 72%

Kenny Moore’s one-handed end-zone interception will be featured very high on this season’s highlight reel. The fact that he added a forced fumble, which was recovered by the Colts in the fourth quarter, really should help generate some traction in Pro Bowl voting over the last few weeks.

Xavier Rhodes left the game early with a knee injury but, like Leonard, was not officially ruled out from returning to the game. This is another key situation to monitor as Rhodes has been the top corner on the team and re-established his career after falling off the last two seasons.

K Moore CB 57 84% 1 3%
R Ya-Sin CB 46 68% 8 28%
T Carrie CB 43 63% 17 59%
X Rhodes CB 35 51%
I Rodgers CB 11 16% 11 38%

Khari Willis finished tied for third on the team with six total tackles, had two passes defended, and returned an interception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. He led the safety group in snap count and had arguably his best performance of the season in a game with huge playoff implications.

K Willis SS 59 87% 2 7%
J Blackmon FS 59 87%
G Odum FS 9 13% 19 66%
T Wilson SS 9 13% 14 48%


SPECIAL TEAMS

While the Colts didn’t have any special teams fireworks to speak of in Las Vegas, Rodrigo Blankenship did establish himself as the all-time franchise leader in rookie scoring. He enjoyed another perfect day, going three-for-three on field goals and five-for-five on extra points. Blankenship has also taken over kickoff duties with Rigoberto Sanchez still on the mend after surgery to remove a cancerous tumor and has looked better each week in that role.

I Campbell FS 19 66%
M Adams LB 17 59%
R Blankenship K 16 55%
E Speed LB 14 48%
L Rhodes LS 10 34%
R Allen P 9 31%