Matt Eberflus vs. Jacoby Brissett
Advantage Eberflus, although Jacoby Brissett is not exactly a quarterback that instills fear in opposing defenses. The Colts defense was torn apart by injuries and Brissett probably had personal reasons to beat the Colts. Eberflus managed to keep Brissett in check enough to allow the Colts to get a three score advantage in the third quarter, essentially putting the game away.
Brissett ended the game with 199 yards on 30 attempts. This is a misleading number, as 42 of those yards came on a 42-yard jump ball to DeVante Parker in garbage time and a 22-yard reception by Mike Gesicki when the game was over. Without those two meaningless passes, Brissett had 4.82YPA.
Michael Pittman Jr. vs. Xavien Howard
Xavien Howard struggled against the Colts, allowing four catches on six targets, for 78 yards. It could have been even worse had it not been for a Parris Campbell drop on a deep pass. As for Pittman Jr., he once again led the team in targets (8) and caught six passes for 59 yards. Not great numbers but Pittman is clearly becoming a more consistent offensive contributor, which is encouraging after his up and down rookie year.
Mark Glowinski vs. Emmanuel Ogbah
While Ogbah lined up on the opposite side of the line for much of the game, he moved over to face Julien Davenport when he was at right tackle. Once Davenport was pulled, Ogbah lined up against Glowinski several times. Glowinski’s struggles continued, allowing four pressures and two hits on pass protection, while runs to the right side yielded only 3.16YPC. Let’s just hope Braden Smith can finally return from his injury.
Kemoko Turay/Ben Banogu vs. Austin Jackson/Liam Eichenberg
Breakout game for Kemoko Turay, who took full advantage of the matchup against Austin Jackson, who has been for the Dolphins what Davenport has been for the Colts this year. Turay got 2 sacks on 20 rushes and is starting to show his pre-injury form and athleticism. Banogu got just 6 snaps because the Colts insist on playing Al-Quadin Muhammad, but he got a hurry registered to his name. Tyquan Lewis also saw the field a lot, and he got 3 hurries and a massive run stop, throwing the running back to the ground.
Darius Leonard vs. Mike Gesicki/Myles Gaskin
Other than a touchdown catch on what seemed a miscommunication with Andrew Sendejo, and a 22-yard catch when the game was already over, Leonard and Okereke were really solid preventing yards after the catch and not allowing Brissett easy check downs to his running backs or tight ends. It is worth noting that Leonard looked way more explosive than the first three weeks, as he looks to get back to 100%, and Okereke looked like he belonged on a football field after failing to make an impact in previous games.