INDIANAPOLIS – It was a major bounce back for the Indianapolis Colts (6-3) on Monday night thanks to a 40-24 road victory over the Giants (3-5).
Andrew Luck continued his torrid start to the 2014 season with his seventh straight 300-yard passing day to go along with four touchdown passes.
The Colts (6-3) will now head into their bye week with a two-game divisional lead before the New England Patriots (7-2) come to Lucas Oil Stadium on 11/16.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
AN MVP-TYPE PERFORMANCE– Andrew Luck continues to shred opposing defenses and in doing so has put himself squarely in the MVP talk. Luck was 25-of-46 for 354 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions on Monday night. The third-year quarterback is rewriting Colts record books and is on pace to shatter some franchise marks, while challenging NFL ones.
MORE PASS CATCHING DEPTH – Everyone is still getting involved in the Colts passing attack with Luck fining nine different receivers (six of which caught at least three passes) against the Giants. On Monday night, Coby Fleener was the leader with four catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. Luck once again reiterated after the game how important that offensive balance is to the team’s trying to defend the league’s top attack.
BYE WEEK MOMENTUM – The Colts got back into the win column and now have won six of seven games heading into the bye week. At 6-3, the Colts have a two-game lead in the AFC South and carry an undefeated divisional slate into the stretch run. The division is the immediate goal but with Monday’s win, the Colts have maintained pace near the top of the conference.
ANOTHER ROOKIE SHINES – Last week it was Donte Moncrief shining for the rookie class. This week it was the fifth-round pick in Jonathan Newsome making some key plays with Erik Walden sidelined. Newsome had two sacks of Eli Manning and his forced fumble late in the third quarter set up the Colts final touchdown. Newsome gave the Colts pass rush a much-needed lift.
PATRIOTS ARE COMING – It’s fitting that this rivalry writes another chapter in two weeks with two of the hottest teams in the NFL meeting at Lucas Oil Stadium. If the Colts want to have a chance at home field advantage deep into the playoffs, a win over the Patriots is critical to staking that claim. It should be electric at Lucas Oil on 11/16 when these two meet for Sunday Night Football.
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