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Five Things Learned: Colts/Titans

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 23, 2016 – 7:32 pm

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INDIANAPOLIS – One week after letting one get away in Houston, the Colts flipped the script in Nashville.

 

Making the necessary plays late, the Colts (3-4) got a much-needed 34-26 road victory over the Titans (3-4).

 

The Colts (3-4) will now head back to Lucas Oil Stadium for a Sunday afternoon matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs (4-2) in Week Eight.

 

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

 

HAD TO HAVE IT – The alternative on Sunday would have put the Colts in an extremely unfavorable position within the AFC South. For meaningful football to be part of this team’s 2016 finish, the Colts needed to be on the right side of the scoreboard Sunday. They were, thanks to 34-26 victory over the Titans, marking the team’s 10th straight win they’ve had over Tennessee.

 

LUCK’S LEADERSHIP – These weren’t the typical pass catchers Andrew Luck was used to in a game setting. But Luck showed hardly any ill effects on Sunday. Luck was 27-of-39 against the Titans, throwing for 353 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. A 123.1 passer rating for Luck was the fifth highest of his career.

 

FINISHING IT OFF – Down 23-20 midway through Sunday’s fourth quarter, the Colts were back in a place they’ve found themselves every week this season. Could they finish? They did. First was a 12-play touchdown drive, with Luck finding Jack Doyle on a third-and-goal from the seven-yard line. Next up was T.Y. McGill stripping Marcus Mariota and Robert Mathis returning the fumble 14 yards for the game-clinching touchdown.

 

VINNY’S NEXT RECORD – Adam Vinatieri knocked home two field goals on Sunday, giving him an NFL record 43 straight makes. Vinny received a game ball after Sunday’s victory as he put another brick on an already very sturdy Hall of Fame resume.

 

TIME TO BUILD – The Colts will head back home to close out the first half of 2016. Sitting at 3-4, the Colts will have two more games before their bye week (Kansas City, at Green Bay). The Colts won’t see the AFC South foes for a while. Starting on Nov. 20, the Colts will have three home divisional games to close out the season.


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