Colts Week 15: Game Report Card vs. Texans

Final Score: Texans 3 – Colts 25

Due to some difficulties, I wasn’t able to do a report card last week when the Colts lost to the Bengals. However, I will be doing one for this game when the Colts won against the Texans.

Offense:

The Colts offense started the game in all cylinders by converting their first three third downs. They also scored their first touchdown in the first half since October 20th when Coby Fleener caught a short TD pass against the Denver Broncos. If the success in the offense continued throughout the game then I would have given them a better grade. However, the Colts offense was pretty bad in the second half as they couldn’t convert their last ten third downs. It’s a work in progress but hopefully the Colts can build with the momentum with Sunday’s win by going to Kansas City and beating the Chiefs.

Grade: B

Defense:

The Colts defense probably played its best game all year by not creating turnovers and by not allowing the Texans offense to get any rhythm. The defense didn’t allow the Texans offense to throw or run for a touchdown and they picked off Texans QB Case Keenum twice. Colts OLB Robert Mathis also sack-stripped Keenum for a safety which by that time the game was out of reach. The Colts defense needs to play at this type of level to stop Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles who caught four TD passes and ran for another TD.  Charles didn’t have a good game in terms of running the football but as a receiver he was phenomenal. The Colts needs to limit Charles catching yardage as the Chiefs tend to use short passes often.

Grade: A+

Special Teams:

They played well. WR/PR Griff Whalen returned a punt for 55 yards. K Adam Vinatieri was perfect for the day by making all three field goals. P Pat McAfee punted inside the 20 twice.

Grade: A

Overall a strong showing by the Colts team as a unit and hopefully with the momentum they can get another win against the Chiefs who have scored a total of 167 points in the past 4 games (41 points per game).

Player to watch next week:

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles: He leads the Chiefs in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving TDs. Charles also leads in almost every rushing category and has already reached the 1,000 rushing yards mark. If the Colts allow Charles to become involve in the passing game then the Colts including the defense will have a hard time stopping the Chiefs offense.