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Reggie Wayne’s loss has been analyzed in about every aspect.
One of the main areas that people focused on with Wayne’s loss is where Andrew Luck would turn to on third-down.
It’s no secret Wayne was Luck’s “security blanket” and the Colts signal caller would have to look elsewhere to sustain drives.
The Colts had 13 third downs on Sunday with Luck dropping back to pass on 12 of those occasions (Luck had 11 pass attempts, was sacked once and Donald Brown had one rush attempt).
Against the league’s top pass defense, Luck was 5-of-11 for 50 yards (4 first downs) and a touchdown on third-down. He had an 89.2 quarterback rating on third-down.
Here’s a breakdown of those attempts:
- T.Y. Hilton’s targets-Hilton was the most frequent target on third-down with five targets including two second-half completions (one that went for a 10-yard touchdown). Hilton bounced back from an early drop with some important catches down the stretch and one would have to imagine the defensive attention will only increase towards No. 13 on the third downs.
- Griff Whalen’s targets-Whalen was similar to Hilton in his number of targets on third-down with Luck turning towards his college roommate in times of duress. Whalen’s 17-yard catch on the eventual game winning touchdown drive came from a clean pocket for Luck. Whalen was lined up on Houston’s nickel cornerback on many third downs, another reason for his four targets on those downs.
- Other targets-Luck only targeted Darrius Heyward-Bey once (DHB missed the entire 4th quarter due to injury) and many other times Luck was under intense pressure which forced some balls into crowded coverage. Moving forward, the attention that Hilton receives from opposing defenses will greatly impact the targets for Coby Fleener and DHB on third-down.
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The Colts will head back onto the practice field this afternoon in preparation for the St. Louis Rams. Today’s news looks at hazing around the NFL and the extra attention Colts receivers will be receiving with T.Y. Hilton’s stellar play.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, November 6th.
By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star
With the hazing news around the Miami Dolphins locker room, talk is around the NFL on whether this is prevalent with other teams.
It occurs in every NFL locker room — yes, even with the Indianapolis Colts. But here in Indy, there are a few, well, subtle differences from the despicable accusations being levied against Miami guard Richie Incognito for his treatment of teammate Jonathan Martin.
If you’re a rookie here, you had better not forget the sunflower seeds. That’s a must. And you’d be wise to carry veterans’ helmets and shoulder pads to the locker room after practice.
But that’s as deep as it gets in the Colts’ locker room, according to players and coaches. More troublesome hazing has long been considered off limits, going back to at least to the earliest days of former coach Tony Dungy, who was hired in 2002.
“Nothing to the extreme where you have a person pulling a no-show, messing with their confidence or anything of that nature,” outside linebacker Erik Walden said. “I don’t really (believe) in that.
“(We have) a no-nonsense policy. We don’t feel like we have to do that to your younger players to get a point across.”
By: Mike Wells, AFC South Blog
After a second-half to remember, the attention will certainly grow for T.Y. Hilton.
How will that affect the rest of the Colts receivers?
Things aren’t going to get easier for Hilton. He’ll likely start seeing some double teams as opponents try to slow him down.
That comes with success.
“Everybody else’s game has got to pick up because [teams are] going to find ways to not let [Hilton] wreck the game,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “We know that and certainly our opponents are going to do everything they can to make sure he doesn’t have seven catches for 121 yards and three touchdowns.”
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Andrew Luck guided the Colts to a 10th comeback win in his 24th start last Sunday at Houston, 27-24, keeping the Colts in first place in the AFC South and thrilling NFL fans with another outstanding performance in the clutch.
After the Colts trailed at halftime, 21-3, Luck directed the Colts to 24 second-half points and punctuated his passing night (18-of-40, 271 yards) with three touchdowns to T.Y. Hilton – 10, 58 and nine yards.
The touchdown passes came on three successive drives and allowed the Colts to match the sixth-largest comeback win in franchise history.
It was the third time this year Luck has directed a comeback win, and it moved the team’s record to 13-2 in the last two years in games decided by seven points or less.
Luck continues to place himself among the league’s top performers. For his efforts last week, he is a nominee for two awards – the FedEx Air Player-of-the-Week and the GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week.
Voting for those awards, plus the Pro Bowl is being conducted on http://www.nfl.com.
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