Colts Review: Week 11

Colts Review: Week 11

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Tensions were high throughout the game, with four personal foul calls in one drive alone. Although the Colts’ once again dug themselves in a whole in the first half, Andrew Luck once again engineered a comeback victory over the Titans. Here’s what else we learned after the Colts’ 30-27 comeback win over their division rival Tennessee Titans…

 

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The power run game might finally work, just not with Trent Richardson. Although the Colts’ insist that they would make the same trade for Richardson again, their play calling depicted otherwise. It was the once-forgotten Donald Brown that carried the ball to close out the game. This was easily the best running game the Colts have had since the Week 8 bye. Mike McGlynn, Anthony Castonzo, and even Samson Satele all made key blocks en route to a two-touchdown performance by Donald Brown. Meanwhile, Trent Richardson once again struggled, averaging less than three yards a carry. He’s just not hitting the hole with any authority, hesitating in the backfield looking for a lane to open up. Expect Donald Brown to get more carries next week.

 

Andrew Luck has finally found his go-to guy. It’s been a struggle the past few weeks with Reggie Wayne out of the lineup. In Thursday night’s game, it was Coby Fleener that came to play. Fleener became the first Colts’ tight end since Jacob Tamme in 2010 to get over a hundred yards in receiving. Luck looked to him often as Fleener got a key first down off play-action in the fourth quarter and made tough catches in traffic throughout the game. It was clear that when Luck was in trouble he looked for Fleener.

 

Tension was high as pushing, shoving, and words were exchanged between the two teams. In the second quarter, the Colts’, the least penalized team in the NFL, gave up 41 free yards as a result of four personal fouls. Pushing and shoving broke out at the end of almost every play. The drive was highlighted by the Colts’ Erik Walden’s head butt on Titans’ tight end Delaine Walker who was helmetless. Walden should have been ejected at that point.  He’s now appealing a one game NFL suspension. Later in the game, As Andrew Luck kneeled to close out the game in the fourth, Titans’ defensive tackle, Jurrell Casey tried diving and swiping the ball out of the center’s hands as it was snapped. It resulted in another round of exchanged words between the two sides.

 

The division is all but clinched for the Colts. Although the Titans are still mathematically eligible to win the AFC South, last night’s lost erased any realistic hope for the division crown. With starting quarterback Jake Locker out for the rest of the year and a three game deficit to the Colts, the Titans must fight for the last AFC wild card spot.

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