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Each week Colts.com will take a look at the rest of the AFC South and review the previous weekend’s games.
Here is a look after Week Four:
Seahawks 23, Texans 20, OT
-After the Texans survived late game heroics the first two weeks of the season, Houston could not hold a 17-point third quarter lead on Sunday afternoon. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson kept numerous plays alive and a Matt Schaub pick six late in the fourth quarter sent the game into overtime. Schaub did throw for 355 yards and two touchdowns but a pair of interceptions to Seattle’s premier cornerback duo proved to be costly. Pro Bowlers Arian Foster (102 rushing yards) and Andre Johnson (110 receiving yards) led the Texans offensive attack. Houston did have five sacks of Wilson and forced a pair of turnovers (Wilson INT and a Marshawn Lynch fumble.
NEXT GAME: @ San Francisco, Sunday at 8:30 p.m. EST
Titans 38, Jets 13
-The Titans continued their impressive start to the season with a convincing win on both sides of the football. However, the health of quarterback Jake Locker is the real storyline following the win. Locker injured his hip during the second half of Sunday’s win and early timetables have him missing right a month, if not more. The injury is significant considering the Titans are the only team in the NFL who has yet to commit a turnover in 2013.
NEXT GAME: vs. Kansas City, Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EST
Colts 37, Jaguars 3
-The Jaguars jumped out to a 3-0 first quarter lead but the rest of the game went downhill for the home team. Pro Bowl running back Maurice Jones-Drew was held to a mere 23 yards on 13 carries. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert was sacked four times and intercepted three times. Good news for the Jaguars comes with wide receiver Justin Blackmon returning from suspension next week and Jacksonville can pair the 2012 first round pick with Cecil Shorts (seven catches for 61 yards on Sunday).
NEXT GAME: @St. Louis, Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EST.
2013 AFC South Standings
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The Colts will get back on the practice field this afternoon in preparation of the Seattle Seahawks. Today’s news looks at the growth of Coby Fleener and how the Colts have dealt with injuries.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, October 2nd.
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
The growth of Coby Fleener has been a key factor in the Colts turning in a 3-1 month of September.
Fleener being at the top of his game was critical. Two-tight end formations are prominent in coordinator Pep Hamilton’s offense but the team lost Dwayne Allen to a season-ending hip injury in the season-opener against Oakland. Along with remaining a viable option in the passing game, he’s being asked to amp up his contributions as a blocker, which had been Allen’s forte.
“Anytime a guy like Dwayne goes down who makes such a big impact for the offense, other guys are going to have to fill in here and there,” Fleener said. “So yeah, I would say my role has expanded a bit.”
Added coach Chuck Pagano: “We always knew what he was in the passing game. What a threat. We’re asking him to do a little bit more heavy lifting in the run game and he’s responding. He’s getting better.”
By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star
Holder looks at the Colts injury issues and how the team has overcome some significant absences early on in 2013.
The Colts’ injury list just keeps growing, with the latest additions being outside linebacker Bjoern Werner and fullback Stanley Havili. Those are key losses, but given the way the Colts have weathered their previous injuries, it’s understandable if you feel confident they’ll come through this latest test with flying colors, too.
We’ve addressed this story before, but it’s worth repeating. It’s absolutely remarkable the way the Colts have pushed through their rash of injuries. They lost three starters to season-ending injured reserve in the first two weeks of the season (Vick Ballard, Donald Thomas and Dwayne Allen), and several key starters have missed games – safety LaRon Landry (2), running back Ahmad Bradshaw (1), center Samson Satele (2), inside linebacker Pat Angerer (2) and defensive end Ricky Jean-Francois (1) among them.
The Colts’ depth has shown during this stretch. Backups like safety Delano Howell, offensive lineman Jeff Linkenbach, defensive end Fili Moala and Kelvin Sheppard deserve credit. There hasn’t been an obvious drop in performance in most cases where starters have been sidelined, and that’s rarely the case in the NFL. There has been less consistency in some instances, but the overall performance level has been impressive.
Tags: Bjoern Werner, Coby Fleener, dwayne allen, Pep Hamilton, Stanley Havili
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