Each week Colts.com will take a look at the rest of the AFC South and review the previous weekend’s games.
Texans 27 Jaguars 7 (Texans recap)
-The Texans once again put together a complete effort on each side of the ball in opening up their AFC South portion of their schedule. Running backs Arian Foster (110 yards and one touchdown) and Ben Tate (74 yards and two touchdowns) accounted for all three Houston touchdowns. Defensively, the Texans held the Jaguars to 0-of-9 on third down and had three sacks. The Texans schedule ramps up the next five weeks with three playoff teams from 2011 on the slate.
NEXT GAME: @Denver, Sunday at 4:25 EST
Texans 27 Jaguars 7 (Jaguars recap)
-The news heading into Week 3 of the regular season for the Jaguars surrounds the leg injury of quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Chad Henne played almost the entire fourth quarter once Gabbert left the game. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew was held to just 12 carries against the Texans as the Jaguars offense only had 16:41 time of possession. Jones-Drew had the lone touchdown for the Jaguars giving him 75 for his career (one of four active players who has reached that mark).
NEXT GAME: @Indianapolis, Sunday at 1:00 EST
Chargers 38 Titans 10
-Running back Chris Johnson was held to 17 yards on eight carries and the Titans suffered their second loss of the season. The Titans cut the lead to 24-10 heading into the fourth quarter but Chargers running back Jackie Battle scored a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to seal the victory. Getting Johnson back on track will be a focal point for the Titans returning home this week. Johnson has 19 carries for 21 yards this season.
NEXT GAME: Detroit, Sunday at 1:00 EST.
2012 AFC South Standings
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About the only thing that kicker Adam Vinatieri and linebacker Jerrell Freeman have in common outside of being Colts teammates is their brief history of playing football outside of the United States.
Vinatieri played in Amsterdam in 1995 before embarking on a 17-year NFL career filled with 24 game-winning field goals.
Freeman spent the last three seasons playing in the Canadian Football League and now is beginning his journey from a little college to the NFL.
On Sunday, Freeman got to witness first hand Vinatieri in his element.
With the game on the line and the clock winding down, Freeman watched in awe as Vinatieri delivered the first ever NFL win Freeman has experienced.
“I was just talking to him and said, ‘Man, I’ve seen it on TV and now I just saw it in real life,’ Freeman said of Vinatieri’s game-winning kick.
“He’s been in this league for about 35-40 years so I’m glad I was able to see that and I’m definitely glad he’s on my team.”
Freeman and many of his Colts teammates tease Vinatieri about his longevity in the league but none will underestimate what No. 4 means to the team.
With three field goals on Sunday, Vinatieri now has 390 career field goals and has scored a point in 132 consecutive games.
Four years ago against the Vikings, Vinatieri drilled a 47-yard game-winning field goal giving the Colts their first win of the 2008 season.
He was once again up to his old tricks on Sunday and for many of the Colts, it was a chance to see a potential Hall-of-Famer at his best.
“I didn’t have to see that today to know that I have confidence in him, knowing that he has three (Super Bowl) rings doing what he does is enough,” outside linebacker Justin Hickman said.
“He’s the ice man. He’s got ice in his veins. I knew he was going to go out there and knock it down.”
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He is just two games into his NFL career but Andrew Luck’s ability to thrive in the two-minute offense rivals that of almost any veteran quarterback around the league.
Luck has led the Colts offense on three two-minute drives (the three drives have lasted a combined 2:04) and each time has put his team in a place to score.
Head coach Chuck Pagano has taken notice of how Luck has performed in those situations and credits his rookie quarterback’s demeanor to be able to handle such a chaotic time.
“He’s calm. He doesn’t get rattled,” Pagano said of Luck. “He sees the field, he understands the offense extremely well, and he knows exactly what he’s getting because he puts the time in.”
Against the Bears, Luck and the offense got the ball back at the Indianapolis 22-yard line with 44 seconds remaining in the first half.
He connected on four straight passes for 59 yards, setting up a field goal opportunity with six seconds left in the half.
With the first half clock winding down again on Sunday, Luck was back at it again looking for a late score.
The Colts defense forced a three-and-out and gave the offense the ball back at Indianapolis’ own 36-yard line with 1:11 left until halftime.
Luck hit three of his first five passes (including a spike) on the drive for 24 yards and then scrambled seven yards to the Vikings 30-yard line with 14 seconds left in the half.
Instead of playing for a field goal with no timeouts remaining, Luck wanted the whole thing.
Wide receiver Reggie Wayne beat press coverage from the slot and Luck placed a perfect pass just over Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson for the 30-yard touchdown.
The Wayne score gave the Colts a 17-6 halftime lead and the touchdown proved to be pivotal when Luck took the field with 31 seconds left.
The Colts had surrendered their two-touchdown lead and overtime was staring Indianapolis right in the face.
However, Luck and the offense had other ideas, driving 45 yards behind a pair of 20-yard completions to set up kicker Adam Vinatieri’s 53-yard game-winning field goal.
“It’s just amazing that the guy is able to go out there and do the things that he does for a rookie,” Pagano said of Luck. “Obviously, we’ve talked many times before that he never acts like one. He certainly didn’t in that situation. It’s just a testament to him, the work that he puts in, all the guys around him, the receivers, everybody that made plays, he certainly had to put the ball on them and he did.”
Pagano said his staff has looked into more ‘no-huddle’ offense but the need for a stable offensive line is a key for success in those situations.
In his three two-minute drives this season, Luck is 10-of-14 (with two spikes) for 153 yards and has helped the offense produce 10 points.
“The way Coach Arians has it set up and it’s very friendly to the quarterback. Not having to call 18 words for a play, its two words and let’s go,” Luck said.
“I think Reggie Wayne, who’s probably done 1,000 two-minute drills in his life, seen every situation. He is a guy you can lean on. Donnie (Avery), did a great job getting open (Sunday), using his speed in two-minute, but I think it comes down to practice time and the O-line really just pressing, making sure you get that extra push in there and get that foot in the ground.”
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