Colts Review: Week 13

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It was another brutal game to watch,  but the Indianapolis Colts sneaked out of Lucas Oil Stadium with a win and a three game lead largely to their huge drive at the end of the fourth quarter. Adam Vinatieri may be the oldest in the league,  but he may indeed be the best.

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Ryan Fitzpatrick (Right) congratulates Andrew Luck (left) after the Indianapolis Colts 22-14 victory over their AFC South rival Tennessee Titans.

Vinatieri made all five of his field goals to help the Colts win the football game. Here’s three other things we took away from the 22-14 win over the Tennessee Titans.

1. Donald Brown starting over Treat Richardson was a good move by the Colts. Indianapolis finally gave the start to Brown at running back after a tumultuous 10 week run with Richardson as the main back. Brown wasn’t affective for most of the game as the whole offense struggled, but when the Colts needed a long drive to close out the game, Donald Brown delivered. 46 of his 54 yards came in the final drive as he ran for a touchdown to put the Colts up 22-14. Trent Richardson came off the bench running 8 times for 22 yards.

2. Andrew Luck needs  to be far more consistent. Early in the year after beating the two best teams in the league in the Seahawks and Broncos, Luck looked like a sure pro bowl player,  a top-five quarterback,  and even a MVP candidate. But ever since the bye week, Andrew Luck has struggled. He hasn’t thrown for over 250 yards in any of the games since. He has thrown 5 interceptions over that time while only throwing for 2 touchdowns. It’s clear that the absence of Reggie Wayne is hurting the Colts offense. Instead of keeping his eyes level and downfield, Luck is quick to either run or focus on a single receiver. He doesn’t seem to trust many of his options. Before, when Luck was in trouble he would throw the ball to Wayne so he could make a play. Without him, Luck’s been forcing the ball and making bad decisions to receivers that are clearly not winning their individual match-ups. Although it looked like TY Hilton was going to become a major weapon,  defenses have double teamed him, taking him out of the game in the process. Darrius Heyward-Bay continues to drop balls left and right. He dropped a potential third down conversion in Sunday’s game and you could hear the frustration coming from the home crowd. The offensive line has been no better. Luck was hit too often and was sacked 5 times for 40 yards against the Titans. With the running game average at best, Luck has to take control of the offense. The best quarterbacks in the league make their receivers better, something he hasn’t been able to do this point in the season.

3. Next week’s game at Cincinnati will define the Colts’ season. The winner of this week’s game will be in the driver’s seat for the AFC third seed and will be in contention for a first round bye. The loser will fall a game behind and will most likely face Kansas City in the wild card round of the playoffs.

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