INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts notched their first win of 2014 on Sunday afternoon with a 44-17 victory in Jacksonville.
It was a dominant performance in all three phases with the Colts jumping out to a 30-0 halftime lead.
The Colts will now welcome Tennessee to Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday afternoon to continue a stretch of four games in 19 days.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
A STATEMENT – In a short week coming off a game that got away, the Colts preached the sense of urgency that was being brought to Jacksonville. That was channeled into a resounding road victory to not only give the Colts their first win of 2014, but also move them to just a game back in the AFC South at 1-2.
PASS RUSH – At every level of the defense on Sunday, the Colts pass rush was disruptive in getting after the Jaguars quarterbacks. The Colts had four sacks and seven quarterback hurries against the Jaguars and that pressure contributed to the defense forcing a season-high three turnovers, too.
CAREER DAY FOR LUCK – After back-to-back weeks in which Andrew Luck was kicking himself for late game miscues, No. 12 could kick his feet up late in the fourth quarter on Sunday. Luck was 31-of-39 for 370 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions against the Jaguars and his 140.4 quarterback rating was a career-high.
SPREAD THE WEALTH – Fantasy owners won’t like it but Colts fans shouldn’t care about the final stat lines for the skill players on Sunday. Andrew Luck hit nine different receivers at least twice getting multiple players involved at every skill group. The phrase “take what the defense gives you” was executed nearly perfectly for Luck on Sunday.
SPECIAL TEAMS CONTINUES TO DELIVER – Pat McAfee doesn’t do many thing quietly but he deserves plenty of praise for why the Colts coverage units are some of the best in the NFL. McAfee averaged 53.5 yards on his two punts Sunday with both finishing up inside the 20-yard line. He also set a franchise single-game record with eight touchbacks. Let’s not forget Adam Vinatieri’s three field goals to continue his streak of 12 straight field goals made.
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