Colts Week 11: Game Report Card

Final Score: Colts 30 – Titans 27

Another slow start plagued the Colts in the first half and it seemed that the Colts would get another loss. However, the run game somehow found a surge with backup running back Donald Brown having 14 carries with 80 yards which included two touchdowns. It was Brown’s first multi-touchdown game. Also as the Titans shutdown the receiving group, TE Coby Fleener had a career night with eight catches for 107 yards. Luck had an efficient night by completing 64 percent of his passes and he ran for a touchdown. Robert Mathis had a quiet night by only recording two tackles and no sacks but he is still the leader in sacks with 13.5 sacks. Overall a good game that shows that this team can be an elite team however the slow starts are the reason they are not.

Offense:

The Colts offense started slow again but showed some sort of life in the first half. It didn’t help that the Titans only two drives in the first quarter used up most of the time which the Colts could only go through one drive which ended a quick three-and-out. The Colts offense could only get in the redzone once but with two Adam Vinatieri field goals, the Colts were only down 11 points going into halftime. Somehow, after the half, the Colts started clicking with two Coby Fleener catches for 27 yards and 16 yards. The drive ended with a Donald Brown run touchdown. With the help of the special teams that ended with a kickoff fumble, the Colts scored another touchdown with a beautiful fake screen-Andrew Luck run touchdown, the Colts who were once down 11 points were up three points. The Colts scored one more Donald Brown touchdown to put away the game.

Grade: A-

Defense:

It seemed that the defense were going to be a liability for the Colts to win against the Titans as they let running back Chris Johnson run over them early in the game. However with a “brick wall” mentality the Colts really stopped Johnson. This put all the pressure on the back of Titans backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick which the Colts limited his yards but couldn’t stop him from completing passes which he completed 22 passes out of 28 attempts. Overall a strong showing late in the game but some people are asking, where’s the great defense that showed up against the 49ers and the Broncos?

Grade: C

Special Teams:

The Colts special teams was fortunate to be on the end result of a game-changing kickoff fumble which the Titans did a costly mistake. Punter Pat McAfee had a bad night where he kicked a kickoff out of bounds which resulted the Titans to start on their own 40 (Titans could only score a field goal on that drive) and had an average of 37 yards per punt. Adam Vinatieri kept the Colts in striking distance by scoring two field goals in the first half which included a long 50 yard field goal. Overall a pretty good showing by the special teams.

Grade: B-

Colts Injury Update:

WR Darrius Heyward-Bey left the game in the second half with an ankle injury but it seems that it wasn’t serious which he will probably play on Sunday against the Cardinals via Mike Chappell of Indystar.com.

Coach Chuck Pagano stated on his presser today that all three defensive backs that were injured since the Broncos game practiced on Monday (CB Toler, S Howell, and CB Gordy) via Phillip Wilson of Indystar.com. It looks like the Colts secondary are going to get crucial pieces back in time for the Cardinals game.

Suspension but not confirmed:

According to Jay Glazer of NFL Network, OLB Erik Walden is on the process to be suspended for one game. However, coach Chuck Pagano stated that he and the rest of the Colts organization have not heard anything from the league in regards to the suspension. It’s only time if the report is true or not.

Man of the Year award goes to the veteran:

During today’s presser, coach Chuck Pagano decided to give out the Colts Man of the Year award to a long-time veteran, safety Antoine Bethea. With his community service and his leadership in the locker room and football field, Bethea is proud to receive the award and credits his parents and a handful of Colts players for being a role model to him.