INDIANAPOLIS – Sunday marked a third straight victory for the Colts as they held on for a 20-13 win against the Ravens.
With the victory, the Colts moved into a tie atop the AFC South with the Houston Texans.
The Colts (3-2) will now have a short week with a trip to Houston (3-2) on the schedule for Thursday Night Football.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
DEFENSE’S TURN TO SHINE– After the league leading Colts offense stole the show the last two weeks, the defense bailed them out on Sunday. The Colts defense held the Ravens to just 1-of-11 on third-down after Baltimore was converting 50 percent of its chances coming into Sunday. The Colts had four sacks, forced three turnovers and held the Ravens to just 13 points (three of which came off a turnover inside the Colts 20-yard line).
BJOERN WERNER CHANNELS HIS MATHIS – Sunday was supposed to be Mathis’ first game back. Instead, the Colts all-time sack leader watched Bjoern Werner turn in his best game as a professional. Werner had two of the Colts four sacks on Sunday after Joe Flacco came into Sunday without being sacked in 91 straight pass attempts.
OFFENSE COOLS – Moving the football was not an issue for the Colts offense on Sunday. On nine different times, the Colts penetrated Ravens territory. Yet only 20 points came from those drives. Some friendly fire on the Colts side of things and the Ravens top red zone defense in the NFL contributed to the inability to put the Ravens away.
SERGIO BROWN’S DEBUT – That energy we see from Brown on special teams was channeled quite nicely to the defensive side of the ball. Brown had a crucial sack of Joe Flacco, made a nice open field tackle on third down and had a pass deflection. The Colts secondary played very solid with Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith being held to just five catches for 34 yards.
SHORT WEEK COMING – It’s the Colts turn at Thursday night football. Indianapolis will travel to fellow AFC South leading Houston on Thursday night for the division lead. This year on Thursday night, road teams have been outscored on average by 28 points per game.
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