Defense to the Rescue
The Colts defense came to the rescue in their 22-14 win over the Titans on Sunday. A big part of that was the return of solid play in the secondary. Here are some PFF stats – the highlights: Vontae Davis continues to bounce back from a rough stretch and allowed just 2 catches for 16 yards on 5 targets and a QB rating of 48.8 when he was covering the intended receiver. LaRon Landry allowed 4 catches on 5 targets, but for only 2.8 yards per reception and a 79.2 QB rating, and Cassius Vaughn, who moved into the slot, allowed 2 catches for 28 yards on 3 targets with his two interceptions, leaving Fitzpatrick with a 56.9 rating against him.
After an embarrassing 40-11 loss last week against the Arizona Cardinals, the Colts returned to Lucas Oil Stadium to play against division rival.
The Colts faced Tennessee Titans. They entered the game with a 5-6 record. Not scary by any means but with the lack of consistency of this Colts team, you never know what’s going to happen, especially if that opponent was playing to keep alive its hope of winning the Division.
After the jump, we take a look at the performance of the Colts’ three units and pick the best offensive and defensive players of the game.
The Indianapolis Colts beat the Tennessee Titans 22-14 on Sunday. This win completed the season sweep of the Titans and set the Colts' "magic number" for winning the AFC South at 1.
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Third and ten, Fitzpatrick under pressure, throws right, intercepted by Jerrell Freeman. Game. Victory formation. 22-14, Colts.
How they got there was rough to watch at times, except, perhaps, for a field goal enthusiast, but this one goes in the win column. Given what’s occurred in recent weeks, that “W” looks great.
The game began with excitement over the news that Indianapolis had finally benched the struggling Trent Richardson in favor of Donald Brown, but the first drive ended quickly, when Andrew Luck’s pass, though beautifully thrown where only his receiver should get it, bounced off T.Y. Hilton’s hands for an interception.
With the Thanksgiving weekend upon us, there won't be any Eyes in the Backfield this week, but I did get a chance to chat with our good friend, Tom Gower.
Tom Gower is one of the best analytical minds covering an NFL team. His work on Total Titans is always strong, and you can find him weekly on the Football Outsiders Scramble for the Ball column as well. Be sure to follow Tom on Twitter too. You can check TotalTitans.com for my answers to Tom's questions.
As a side note, Tom will be in town for the game with me. If you are interested in meeting him during the game, come by section 614, row 3 and say hi.
CA: Looking back on the first game between these two teams, it feels like a big missed opportunity missed for the Titans. If you could go back and flip just one factor from the first game to change the script in the second, what would it be?
Figuring out a way to do a better job on Coby Fleener would also be a good thing to do in the rematch. That task will be tougher if safety Michael Griffin is indeed suspended, though I thought strong safety Bernard Pollard was likely the player at fault on his biggest completions. The Titans played without Griffin against the Rams due to injury and dared Kellen Clemens to throw the ball into tight zone windows. I don't think they'd try the same thing against Andrew Luck, but you never know.no comments
Hello, Colts fans, and happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you. The Colts worked yesterday and will again today, and thus the Notebook is here. We’ll be talking defense, Da’Rick Rogers, and, of course, eating, so, sit back in your chair, let some of that good food settle, and read on. Then, if you haven’t yet, read this nice message from our own Kyle Rodriguez.
I rambled on about this on the podcast yesterday, so go listen to that if you want a longer version.
Today is Thanksgiving, and I just wanted to say thank you, from all of us at Colts Authority, for supporting us over the last year. We've been through some organizational changes, as well as personal hardships, that have made things more difficult than necessary at times, but overall, the last year has been extremely successful.
Whether it was the expansion of CA Radio, the Colts Authority Annual, CA Video Breakdowns (Which will be coming back, I promise) or the CA Charting Project, we've been able to branch out and take on some bigger projects all while holding to our standard of high-quality daily content. We wouldn't be able to do any of it without you, so thank you.
Our readers are some of the most insightful, hilarious and respectful groups of fans on the internet, and it is a blessing to know that you all are out there. Thank you, and have a Happy Thanksgiving.no comments
Welcome to Who to Root For for Week 13 of the NFL season.
Each week I break down the schedule in grammatically incorrect fashion. That is, of course, unless you consider avoiding awkward constructions to be the heart of proper grammar in which case this column will be near and dear to your heart. Though it likely means you aren't a big football fan, in which case this will be irrelevant to your life.
What's At Stake: The Colts are currently clinging to the 3rd seed in the AFC. They have a realistic chance to get a home game (top four seeds), and a bye (top two seeds). No matter what happens this weekend, the Colts will be no lower than the four seed in the AFC, and could close the week as high as two.
What It Will Take: Winning the South can be accomplished with a win over Tennessee this week and a win or a Titans loss in any other game this year. That ensures a home game in the playoffs. A bye will likely require a 12-4 finish. That will require a 5-0 close to the season.
EASY CALLS (home team in bold)
Texans over the Patriots
An Indy win and a Pats loss puts the Colts back in control of the two seed in the AFC.
Chargers over the Bengals
Indy needs to stay ahead of Cincinnati for the third seed.
Raiders over the Cowboys
Cardinals over the Eagles
Dolphins over the Jets
Jaguars over the Browns
49ers over the Rams
Seahawks over the Saints
All of these games are of minor import and either affect strength of victory or strength of schedule. It's unlikely any will be of real significance.
Chiefs over the Broncos
Worst case scenario for the Colts would go like this: Chargers win the 6th, Denver 5th, Cincy 3rd, KC 2nd, NE 1st. That could potentially force Indy to play Denver and New England in back-to-back weeks. At this points, it's better for the Broncos to take the first seed and the Colts to hang in for the third. Of course, you could argue that if Indy gets the third and KC gets the second things could really pay off for the Colts. If the Denver beats the four seed, the Colts would go to Kansas City while the Broncos and Pats had to play each other. That would be ideal.
At any rate, the Colts prime desire should be to avoid Denver and travel to Kansas City.no comments