Colts Week 9: Report Card vs. Texans

Final Score: Colts 27 – Texans 24

It was a heck of a game that lived up to the expectations but the Colts did not live to the expectations after going mediocre at best during the first three quarters. However, the Colts somehow mustered a game-winning drive which Andrew Luck threw his third TD to T.Y. Hilton. Hilton had a great night and probably the best he has had in his short career. Hilton caught seven passes for 121 yards with three touchdowns. Luck with a combination of drop passes and horrible interior blocking, Luck was sacked four times and recorded his first below 50 completion percentage game this season. It looks like maybe the Colts still need some self-evaluating for their upcoming home game against the St. Louis Rams who lost against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

Offense: The Colts offense started the game cold (near frozen) as Luck at one point of the game only completed three passes out of 11 attempts. With the combination of drop passes, horrible pass protection and inefficient run game, the Colts couldn’t move the ball down the field. It seemed that once the Colts offense found momentum either a drop pass or pressure on Luck forced the Colts offense to punt. However during the final seconds of the third quarter and the fourth quarter, the Colts were able to gain much needed momentum where the Colts were actually scoring touchdowns rather than field goals. Overall an average showing from the Colts offense however it showed that when Luck gets throw the ball with average protection, that the Colts offense can run over any defense.

Grade: C+

Defense: The Colts defense started the first half in the wrong end of the shoe by letting Texans WR Andre Johnson catch a 62 yard TD bomb. The Colts could not stop Johnson in the first half and it seemed that the single game receiving record was near to be broken. However in the second half of the game, the Colts defense tightens the protection by only allowing Johnson to catch two passes for 39 yards (he had a total of nine catches for 229 yards in the game). The motto of bend but don’t break that Colts head coach kept saying worked as the Colts scored 24 points in the second half while the defense limited the Texans offense to only three points which came in the third quarter.

Grade: B-

Special Teams: The special teams were a disaster for the Colts. A blocked field goal, an almost blocked punt and an almost punt fumble was the story for the special teams. It seemed that the Texans have the Colts number in special teams after the Texans blocked a punt last year at home (Houston). The special team’s needs a lot of work this coming week as the Colts special teams has not been impressive to say the least.

Grade: D+

Overall, it was a tough win at Houston as the Colts get a chance to win at home against the Rams. If the Colts want to win the division, they must win their division games and win games at home. This will be a tough test as the Rams, for the past two weeks, has shown some competitiveness against the Seahawks and the Titans. I feel like next week’s game won’t be easy but the Colts must sharpen their skills to take full advantage in creating turnovers and sacks.

Injury News via Mike Chappell from indystar.comColts WR Darrius Heyward-Bey left the game with a concussion. However, Colts medical staff evaluated him and notified the Colts coaching staff that he did not have a concussion. Good news for the Colts and hopefully DHB can have a breakout game soon.

Neat Stat via Kyle Rodriquez from coltsauthority.com: “The Colts had 6 “official” drops on Sunday, bringing their season total to 22. 8.3% of all Luck’s passes have been dropped (4th in NFL).” This stat needs to decline because the offense is being limited by the number of drops. Hopefully the Colts WRs can actually hold on to the ball rather than dropping the ball.