Colts Game Review: Week 4, Colts vs. Jaguars

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Final Score: Colts 37 – Jaguars 3

If some people had doubts that who was the worse team in the NFL, well I hope Sunday’s blowout game was enough evidence. It’s been awhile since the Colts put 30+ points on the scoreboards but that’s what they actually did. It wasn’t the offensive start that Andrew Luck and the offense wanted but eventually the Colts offense found their groove. The defense was great in all cylinders and the special teams did their part in the Colts win.

Report Card:

OFFENSE:

Grade: B

The offense started off in the worst way possible by Luck throwing two interceptions (one INT was negated by a Jaguars penalty). However somehow or another, the Colts offense went full force against a Jaguars defense that is in the bottom three in the league. It all started with a Donald Brown 50 yard run that ignited the Colts offense which set up a Trent Richardson one-yard touchdown run. With that touchdown run, the Colts had a lead of 14 points in the second quarter.
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However the Colts had a tendency to not score a lot of points in the 2nd half which let opposing teams to catch up in the fourth quarter (i.e. Week one – Raiders, and Week two – Dolphins). However the Colts were not going to slow down and Andrew Luck found his “mojo” after halftime and passed for two touchdowns with one interception.

One takeaway from this game is that TE Coby Fleener can pick up the slack that was left, when Dwayne Allen received a season-ending hip injury, by catching 5 passes for 77 yards with one touchdown pass. Also another takeaway is that WR Reggie Wayne has a motor that cannot be stopped when he caught five passes for 100 yards with one touchdown.

DEFENSE:

Grade: A-

The defense, for the second straight week, has dominated against opposing offenses. The secondary has greatly improved since last season and the pass rush (which is led by OLB Robert Mathis) was pretty dominate. Even though Blaine Gabbert caused some of the sacks by running away from a clean pocket, overall there was consistent pressure from the pass rush.

The run defense was incredible. They stopped RB Maurice Jones-Drew to only 13 carries for 23 rushing yards (1.8 yards per carry). That was an incredible effort to stop Jones-Drew who’s averaging 106 rushing yards when going against the Colts (13 games total). Overall an incredible performance by the Colts defense showing that they can handle business on the road.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

Grade: B+

Short and sweet: The special teams did what they were suppose to do and that was to not let a lot of return yards in both punt returns and kick returns. Also Adam Vinatieri made all three field goals which showed that he can still kick. Overall special teams did their job which didn’t hinder the rest of the team. WR David Reed also made his season debut as a kicker returner by averaging 22 yards per kick on Sunday’s game (two kick returns for 44 yards).

Historic stats:

Robert Mathis is tied in the NFL in number of sacks. Mathis has 7.5 sacks which he only needs one more sack to be the 30th player in NFL history to reach 100 career sacks via Mike Chappell from indystar.com. Mathis needs to reach to 108 sacks to beat the Colts sack record in a career with the Colts. Dwight Freeney currently holds that record.

Reggie Wayne needs 11 catches to pass WR Hines Ward. When Wayne catches 11 passes, he will be the 9th player in NFL history with at least 1,000 receptions. Also Wayne needs 20 more receiving yards to pass Torry Holt and become 11th in NFL history in receiving yards.

According to ESPN.com, Reggie Wayne has 138 catches for 1,956 yards (14 yards per catch) when facing the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Quotes by Colts staff and players:

Head Coach Chuck Pagano talking about Andrew Luck and his slow start against the Jaguars: “The sky is the limit,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “Listening to him and talking to him, he did get off to a slow start, but he is an even-keeled guy. … He is one of those guys who can put things behind him and move on. Talent combined with that kind of mindset, the sky is the limit.”

Colts QB Andrew Luck talking about the slow start in the beginning of the game: “It wasn’t an ideal start,” Luck said. “It was more of a terrible start to the game offensively for us. … We sort of woke up in the second half. Those two scoring drives were big for us. That is what we needed.”

Colts CB Vontae Davis talking about the athletic interception that he caught in the first quarter: “Well it happened so fast and when I came down with the interception, I was surprised that I came down with it because it was tough.”

AFC South Standings and Week five match-ups:

Indianapolis Colts (3-1) vs. Seattle Seahawks (4-0) – Colts at home

Tennessee Titans (3-1) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (4-0) – Titans at home

Houston Texans (2-2) at San Francisco 49ers (2-2) – Texans at away

Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4) at St. Louis Rams (1-3) – Jaguars at away

Stats after Week four:

The following are stats that I complied that combines Week one to Week four:

Colts defense has allowed only 51 points in four games which places them at seventh place.

Colts offense has converted 48% of their third downs which places them 5th in the NFL.

Colts offense has had an average time of possession of 32 minutes and 42 seconds. That places them in sixth place in the NFL.

Colts are rushing an average of 149.5 yards per game which places them 4th in the NFL. However, the passing game has gone down since last year as the Colts are averaging 224.2 passing yards per game (23rd in the NFL). The good thing is that the Colts are averaging 373.8 total yards per game (10th in the NFL) and 26.2 points per game (8th in the NFL).

Andrew Luck amazing pocket presence:

We all know that Luck has gifted abilities for him to succeed in the NFL but one of his greatest abilities is his pocket presence and alluding sacks in the pocket. If you don’t believe me then look at this GIF of Luck pocket presence and alluding a sack where in the end causes him to run for 17 yards (and a first down) via Kyle Rodriguez from coltsauthority.com: http://coltsauthority.com/images/stories/GIFs/Luck%20Houdini%20Week4.gif

Injury Update and Roster moves:

Bjoern Werner probably would like to make an impact on a Colts defense that has pretty good players in the linebacker corps. However it seems that Werner will not make any impact for some time. According to Mike Chappell from indystar.com, head coach Chuck Pagano informed the media that OLB Bjoern Werner will miss between four-six weeks due to a torn plantar fascia.

Pagano stated that Cam Johnson will take the role that was left from Werner via Kevin Bowen from colts.com.

The Colts waived WR Griff Whalen to make room for FB Robert Hughes who signed to the active roster today via George Bremer from The Herald Bulletin. Some wonder what was the extent of the ankle injury that FB Stanley Havili received during the Colts vs. Jaguars game.

WR LaVon Brazill’s suspension has ended and the Colts have a tough choice to make a roster spot (by next week) if they want Brazill in the 53-man roster via George Bremer.

According to Josh Wilson from stampedeblue.com, safety LaRon Landry return is “up in the air” and will still be evaluated as the week goes on. Samson Satele is expected to start as the starting center against the Seahawks

UPDATE: According to Tom James from the Tribune-Star, Stanley Havili’s MRI on his ankle injury came out negative. Havili is day-to-day for now.

Week five preview:

The Colts are heading back to Indianapolis to face against the record-perfect Seattle Seahawks who on the road has struggled lately. The good thing is that the Texans almost beat the Seahawks after a close overtime loss. This shows that the rumors that the Seahawks are a bad road team are true.

Hopefully Richardson gets better runs as he had 20 carries for 60 yards against a Jaguars defense that was dead last in run defense. Seahawks aren’t any better in run defense so hopefully (without turnovers) the Colts can win a huge game at home.

Remember Russell Wilson did not throw for a touchdown and recorded a 52 completion percentage. Therefore, there is a way to stop Russell Wilson.

If the Colts win against the Seahawks, the momentum has shifted to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South.