Under new interim head coach Jeff Saturday, the Indianapolis Colts came away with a 25-20 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders Sunday.
Here’s a look at the snap counts from Sunday’s game and what stood out most offensively and defensively from the playing time Indy’s players received throughout the roster.
The offense looked much different compared to what was on display in Week 9 vs. New England. Quarterback Matt Ryan played a massive role in Indianapolis’ victory Sunday, throwing for 222 yards and one passing touchdown to go along with a rushing touchdown and a career-long 39-yard run.
Running back Jonathan Taylor looked like his 2021-self, rushing for 147 yards and a season-long 66-yard touchdown. Taylor averaged 6.7 yards per attempt and looked healthy after missing Indy’s Week 9 game against the Patriots.
Wide receiver Parris Campbell had a career afternoon, hauling in seven catches for a career-high 76 yards and the eventual 35-yard, game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Campbell has found a rhythm within the Colts’ offense in recent weeks, and his big-play ability has shown this season.
Defensive tackles DeForest Buckner and Grover Stewart have been playing at an extremely high level this season. Both Buckner and Stewart played a significant role in Indy’s defensive line generating success in the pass rush and run-stopping departments Sunday. Buckner recorded 0.5 a sack, which was split with former Raider Yannick Ngakoue. Stewart was once again a force in the running game and recorded his second sack of the season, as well.
Let’s also be sure to give credit to Indianapolis’ linebackers, who again stepped up in a major way in the absence of All-Pro teammate Shaq Leonard. Bobby Okereke had a combined nine tackles and broke up a pass intended for Raiders’ tight end Foster Moreau, which would’ve given Vegas a late fourth-quarter lead. Zaire Franklin also had a productive afternoon with ten combined tackles.
Cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who’s come up clutch in several instances for the Colts’ defense this season, did so again Sunday with a pass deflection against one of the NFL’s top wideouts in Davante Adams. Gilmore’s fourth-down deflection sealed the win for Indianapolis.