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2020 NFL Week 2: Vikings at Colts Second Half Open Thread — Colts lead 15-3

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FIRST HALF THOUGHTS

As expected, the Colts trotted rookie running back Jonathan Taylor onto the field for his first start. They established a powerful running game and mixed things up with inside and outside runs, including tosses and screens to keep the defense guessing.

The run game set up the passing game and led to a would-be long touchdown throw to T.Y. Hilton — oddly another drop to start the 2020 season for a sure-handed Pro Bowler and team captain. Mo Alie-Cox has gotten going at the tight end position after a big red zone drop led to an interception.

Sadly, injuries have continued to mount with Parris Campbell suffering a knee injury that looked bad enough to threaten his season. Malik Hooker left the field reportedly with his own Achilles injury, after Marlon Mack was lost for the season with the same issue a week ago. Special teams ace and backup linebacker Matthew Adams also suffered an ankle injury that resulted in a questionable designation.

The good news on defense is that not only has Julian Blackmon received his first looks at safety, he’s look really strong. His ability in coverage helped result in incompletions, breaking up a pass, and a tipped interception that led to a late first half field goal. He has looked strong tackling, looked like a natural fit with Khari Willis, and helped provide an answer in the secondary that was desperately needed coming into the game.

Rookie wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. also played an important role on offense. Bringing in key passes to keep drives going, including using his length and hands to haul in a tipped pass for a nine-yard gain when it could have otherwise resulted in another pick.

Colts ended the half with a 15-3 lead and will receive the football to start the second half. Hopefully both sides of the ball can keep things going.

How about Jonathan Taylor though?