INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts closed the first month of the season on Sunday afternoon with another impressive victory.
For the first time since 2004, the Colts have scored at least 40 points in back-to-back games.
The Colts (2-2) will now host Baltimore (3-1) on Sunday afternoon before traveling to Houston (3-1) a week from Thursday.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
ANDREW LUCK ANOTHER ELITE PERFORMANCE– In facing the league’s second ranked pass defense on Sunday, Andrew Luck’s NFL-best numbers were supposed to dwindle. Luck padded those stats against the Titans and his 13 touchdown passes after four weeks is the fourth most in NFL history. The Colts quarterback continues to spread the ball around with tremendous efficiency as eight different players caught at least two passes on Sunday.
EVEN QUARTER – Dropping the first two games of 2014 put the Colts behind schedule in re-capturing the AFC South. The tides have turned a bit after back-to-back division wins and now the Colts find themselves just a game back of the AFC South-leading Houston Texans. The Colts will travel to Houston on Thursday, October 9 in their last division game until November 23.
REGGIE IS BACK – Sunday served as another indication that Reggie Wayne is indeed back. Wayne’s 119-yard receiving day was highlighted by his first touchdown of 2014. Wayne continues to redecorate his own Hall of Fame resume while providing such a consistent target for Andrew Luck to turn to at the age of 35.
TURNOVERS STARTING TO BUILD – While the Tennessee Titans had trouble protecting the ball on Sunday, credit the Colts for being in the right place at the right time. Veteran safety Mike Adams had a pair of interceptions and, for the second straight week, the Colts defense forced three turnovers. Those turnovers have led to a significant discrepancy in plays run and time of possession for the Colts the last two weeks.
A DIFFERENT OCTOBER – Sitting with a 2-2 record at the quarter poll, the Colts will now take on four teams with .500 records or better the next month. The stretch begins with two days next week (Baltimore on Sunday and at Houston on Thursday). The Colts will then finish the month with Cincinnati coming to Lucas Oil on 10/19 and a trip to Pittsburgh on 10/26.
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