NASHVILLE – The first win of the 2015 season for the Colts came thanks to a 21-point final quarter on Sunday.
An early lead and strong finish were the highlights of the Colts 35-33 road win over the Titans (1-2).
The Colts (1-2) will now come back home to start the month of October with a visit from the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2) on Sunday afternoon.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
COMEBACK COLTS – It didn’t look like a comeback would be necessary after a 14-0 start on Sunday, but it definitely was for the visiting Colts. Down 13 points with 12:20 remaining, the Colts offense struck with big plays and the defense provided a key turnover. If this Colts season ends up being something special, look back on this fourth quarter as a key turning point.
LOWERY’S MVP DAY – On Sunday, Dwight Lowery turned in one of the better days a Colts defender has had in a long, long time. Lowery’s early pick six came off a crushing hit from cornerback Josh Thomas. Then in the fourth quarter, it was Lowery’s more traditional interception that set up the Colts with a touchdown to take the lead for good.
MORE GORE– The 14-carry, 86-yard afternoon for Frank Gore was good for 6.1 yards per carry. The Colts obviously have something in Gore and he’s only going to earn more and more respect from opposing defenses. When the Colts needed to burn some clock and move the chains late, Gore scampered for 25 yards and then punched one in from six yards out.
WHAT CHANGED – The Colts jumped out to an early second quarter lead of 14-0, however it wouldn’t last. An inability to consistently pressure Marcus Mariota allowed the Titans rookie to get into a serious rhythm. The Colts offense struggled mightily with penalties during this stretch, too. In the fourth quarter comeback, Luck was pressured just twice on 14 pass attempts.
DIVISION CONTROL – After three weeks of the NFL season, all four AFC South teams sit at 1-2. The Colts won their 14th straight AFC South game on Sunday afternoon, one shy of an NFL record for consecutive division victories. The Colts will now host Jacksonville on Sunday before heading to Houston a week from Thursday.
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