After the Colts’ 30-27 win in Nashville on Thursday, a number of recaps said Indy’s offensive line stiffened in the second half after a rough first. Right tackle Gosder Cherilus, who had a terrible first half, did get better in the second, but all four other blockers actually had worse second halves by percentages.
They did, however, improve at giving Andrew Luck time. Luck saw some of the cleanest pockets he’s seen all season. He was sacked only once and hit just four times. It sure makes a difference to be playing a so-so defensive front, after the Colts faced two of the league’s best defensive lines the previous two weeks.
Run blocking continues to be an issue. Though Donald Brown finished with solid numbers, half of his 14 carries went for three yards or less, and everyone but Anthony Castonzo blew at least five run blocks and finished at 80% or lower.
While it wasn’t a banner day for the offensive line, it was closer to league average, and if this group can play regularly at that modest level, Luck will have some big days.
Here are the breakdowns. As always, the numbers are subjective and based on whether the blocker appeared to best the guy in front of him. My charting table is at the bottom of this post.