The Indianapolis Colts went into Sunday’s game on the back of a important divisional win against one of the their AFC South division rivals in the Houston Texans in week 13. The Colts came up against a strong team who were coming off a victory over the New York Jets the previous week. There were some strong showings during the 44-27 victory against the Las Vegas Raiders and a few poor ones, as well.
Jonathan Taylor fully broke out! Taylor was the clear lead back from the start of the game and rightfully so. He had been improving game on game since week 11 against the Packers. Taylor was everything that was advertised of him pre-draft coming out of Wisconsin; speed, power, vision and patience were all on show against the Raiders. Taylor produced 150 yards on just 20 carries for two touchdowns. He also added 2 catches for 15 yards in the passing game. Taylor is breaking out at just the right time as the Colts are heading into the business end of the season. Taylor is the clear lead back and should continue to be so.
TY Hilton was again the wide receiver he has been for the majority of his professional career on Sunday. Hilton led the team in receiving and catches with 5 catches for 86 yards. He also managed to add 2 touchdowns to his production for the day. Rivers found Hilton often and the big down the field threat in Hilton returned with a huge 42 yard touchdown bomb. Hilton is finding his form of old at just the right time
Kenny Moore started off the game with two bad plays, the first he was beat in coverage by Darren Waller for a touchdown, then he was beaten again by Waller for 29 yard catch and run and had to horse collar tackle him to the floor drawing a penalty. Moore then flipped a switch and the Moore Colts fans know reappeared. Three plays after the horse collar tackle penalty, Moore intercepted Carr in the endzone with one hand for one of the most athletic interceptions in the NFL and turned the balance of momentum in the direction of the Colts. Moore in the second half swung the momentum the Colts way again when he tackled Hunter Renfrow and forced him to fumble the ball which the Colts recovered. Moore finished the game with 5 tackles, 1 pass defended, 1 forced fumble and an interception.
The Colts actually played a very good all round game and their were not many negative showings. The one glaring negative was the ineffective Pass Rush on display Sunday. The Colts couldn’t muster a pass rush all game, starting off trying to get home with just 4 rushers but that was ineffective so they sent the blitz and again even that was ineffective. The Colts managed just 1 quarterback hit and 5 hurries all game long. It was a big reason why the Raiders managed to score early and often and had some big plays especially in the first half passing down the field. If the Colts want to reach the playoffs and go far into them then they will need to find a way to have a consistent pass rush or they will not be able to match up with some of the top offenses in the league.