INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts (8-4) head into the final quarter of the season after a 49-27 victory over Washington (3-9) on Sunday.
It was an historic afternoon filled with massive plays for the Colts.
The Colts will begin December with a trip to Cleveland (7-5) on Sunday afternoon.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
CHUNKS, CHUNKS AND MORE CHUNKS—The Colts came into Sunday leading the NFL in plays of more than 20 yards. They added to that in a big way. With six touchdowns of at least 30 yards, the Colts became the first NFL team to accomplish that feat since 1996.
ANDREW LUCK’S CAREER DAY – All the hype of Andrew Luck seeing Robert Griffin III on Sunday quieted by midweek and went to a silence on Sunday. Luck threw a career-high five touchdowns and recorded the second highest passer rating in his 44 career games. For the sixth time in 12 games, Luck passed for at least 370 yards, this effort coming against a top-10 Washington defense.
SACKS GALORE FOR DEFENSE – The Colts recorded a season-high six sacks on Sunday. It was another day in which the sack correlation for Indianapolis related directly to the final score. No sack on Sunday proved to be more pivotal than Erik Walden’s on fourth-and-one midway through the third quarter. The strip/sack ended a Washington drive and led to a fumble recovery for a touchdown.
INJURY WATCH BEGINS FOR VONTAE DAVIS – Vontae Davis was the lone injury of the game for the Colts but the loss is significant. Chuck Pagano said after the game that Davis will begin the concussion protocol. If Davis has to miss next week, the Colts will be without their top cornerback going up against the dynamic Josh Gordon.
DIVISIONAL CROWN IN SIGHT – It was status quo atop the AFC South on Sunday with both the Colts and Texans winning. As the Colts head into the final quarter of the season, they carry a two-game divisional lead. No matter what happens next week, a Colts win over Houston at Lucas Oil Stadium on 12/14 would give Indianapolis a division title.
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It’s a new Colts football season and that means that it’s tailgating season! Just like last year, the Colts and Indiana Pork have partnered in search of the best pork tailgate recipe in all of Colts Nation, and guess who is in charge of it? Yours truly! We’re going to be searching for the best pork tailgate recipes you have to offer. We want to see some creativity and of course plenty of pork! What something to sweeten the deal? How about a year supply of bacon! Yes, the grand prize winner will receive a year supply of bacon. The weekly winners will receive a prize package consisting of a $50 Meijer gift certificate,101 Things to Do With Bacon Book, Indiana Pork Apron, Colts hat, Colts yearbook and Colts 2013 Season DVD.
This week’s winning recipe comes from Areli B. of Hopkinton, MA that has a very different twist on a tailgate and cookout staple. Now everyone has been to tailgates that serve up hot dogs. Some do the very basic ketchup, mustard and relish whereas some take it to the extreme. Areli’s recipe combines simplicity as well as unique flavors and textures then brings it all together with bacon. Grab a few ingredients at the store and you’re ready to go with these Bacon Burrito Dogs!
Bacon Burrito Dog
-8 Pork Hot dogs or sausages
-8 Fajita flour tortillas
-1 lb Bacon
-4 oz Shredded Monterrey cheese
-1 Tbs Canola oil
Heat on low a cast iron skillet, add oil. Assemble the burritos by placing the hot dog and cheese and wrapping tight the tortilla (eggroll style). Wrap the bacon around the burrito. Cook the burrito and turn it around until the bacon is crisp. Cut into halves, serve with fresh salsa.
Thanks for sharing Areli! Think your tailgate recipe is better? Enter it here.
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The Indianapolis Colts today agreed to terms with free agent cornerback Jalil Brown and waived cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy.
Brown, 6-1, 207 pounds, has recorded 24 solo tackles, two passes defensed, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 14 special teams stops in 36 career games (two starts) with the Colts (2013-14) and Kansas City Chiefs (2011-12). He was signed by the Colts on September 30, 2014 and appeared in two games this season. He also played in five games for the team in 2013, making two tackles. In 2012 with the Chiefs, Brown posted career highs in games played (15), games started (two), tackles (20), passes defensed (two) and forced fumbles (one). He was originally selected by the Chiefs in the fourth round (118th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of the University of Colorado.
Purifoy was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent out of Florida on May 13, 2014. He played in 11 games this season and totaled four tackles (three solo) and one pass defensed. He also contributed with five tackles and a forced fumble on special teams.
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The Indianapolis Colts today claimed outside linebacker Shaun Phillips off waivers (Tennessee) and waived outside linebacker Victor Butler.
Phillips, 6-3, 255 pounds, has recorded 554 tackles (397 solo), 81.5 sacks, 22 forced fumbles, 10 fumble recoveries and seven interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns, in 163 career games (121 starts). He has also posted 48 tackles (32 solo), 3.5 sacks and a fumble recovery in 11 postseason contests (10 starts). Phillips has totaled at least 7.0 sacks in eight of his first 10 seasons and his current sack total ranks 12th in the NFL since 2004.
Phillips played the first nine seasons (2004-2012) of his career with the San Diego Chargers, followed by the Denver Broncos (2013) and Tennessee Titans (2014). In 2009, he paced the NFL with a career-high seven forced fumbles, while leading San Diego to its fourth consecutive AFC West title. The following year, Phillips earned his first career Pro Bowl selection after starting all 16 games for the Chargers and posting 11.0 sacks. In 2013, he led the Broncos in sacks with 10.0, while adding five passes defensed, two forced fumbles and an interception.
Butler was first signed by the Colts as a free agent on October 6, 2014. He played in two games this season and totaled three special teams tackles in a Week 9 victory at the New York Giants. For his career, Butler has totaled 65 tackles (48 solo), 11.0 sacks, five passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 46 special teams stops in 65 games played (two starts) with the Colts (2014) and Cowboys (2009-2014).
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles to the practice squad and released outside linebacker Trevardo Williams from the practice squad.
Quarles, 6-4, 294 pounds, was first signed to the Colts active roster from the New England Patriots practice squad on September 16, 2014 and was waived on November 24. He has played in two games this season and recorded 1.0 sack and one pass defensed. Quarles played in 35 games (28 starts) in three seasons at the University of South Carolina and posted career totals of 105 tackles (66 solo), 13.0 sacks, 23.5 stops for losses and eight quarterback pressures.
Williams was signed to the Colts practice squad on September 23, 2014. He was originally selected by the Houston Texans in the fourth round (124th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of the University of Connecticut. At UConn, Williams started 30-of-50 games and recorded 134 tackles (85 solo) and a school career-record 30.5 sacks, which ranked as the sixth-best total in Big East Conference history.
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed wide receiver Griff Whalen to the practice squad and announced that running back Jeff Demps has agreed to sign to the practice squad. The team released running back Michael Hill from the practice squad.
Whalen re-joins the Colts after being waived from the active roster on November 22, 2014. In 19 career games (three starts), he has totaled 26 receptions for 282 yards and two touchdowns. Whalen has also contributed on special teams, recording 34 punt returns for 291 yards (8.6 avg.) and 16 kickoff returns for 401 yards (25.1 avg.). He was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent out of Stanford on April 30, 2012.
Demps, 5-8, 191 pounds, was first signed to the Colts practice squad on October 22, 2014 and was released on October 28. He played in two games in 2013 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and recorded one rush for 14 yards, three receptions for 21 yards and four kickoff returns for 93 yards. Demps was originally signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent on August 17, 2012 out of the University of Florida, where he finished his career as the school’s eighth all-time leading scorer. Demps played in 51 career games (27 starts) at Florida and totaled 367 rushes for 2,470 yards (6.7 avg.) and 23 touchdowns, while adding 57 receptions for 481 yards and one touchdown. He returned 21 kickoffs for 604 yards and one touchdown. Demps was also a four-year letterman on the men’s track team where he became the only Florida athlete to win a national championship in multiple sports (2009 football national championship and four indoor and outdoor track championships). He was a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic 4×100 meter relay team that won the silver medal.
Hill was signed to the Colts practice squad on November 18, 2014. He was originally signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent on April 27, 2013 and also spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Green Bay Packers before being released from the Packers practice squad on November 5, 2014. As a rookie in 2013, he played in eight games and rushed for 23 yards on nine carries and caught two passes for 23 yards. He also returned one kickoff for 19 yards.
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent outside linebacker Victor Butler to the active roster and waived defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles.
Butler, 6-2, 245 pounds, was first signed by the Colts as a free agent on October 6, 2014 and recorded three special teams tackles in two games this season. He was then waived on November 18. For his career, Butler has totaled 65 tackles (48 solo), 11.0 sacks, five passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 46 special teams stops in 65 games played (two starts) with the Colts (2014) and Dallas Cowboys (2009-2012). He was originally selected by the Cowboys in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Oregon State.
Quarles was signed to the Colts active roster from the New England Patriots practice squad on September 16. He played in two games this season and recorded 1.0 sack and one pass defensed. Quarles played in 35 games (28 starts) in three seasons at the University of South Carolina and posted career totals of 105 tackles (66 solo), 13.0 sacks, 23.5 stops for losses and eight quarterback pressures.
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This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is running back Boom Herron.
Sunday might have been Boom Herron’s first career NFL start but the crowd inside Lucas Oil Stadium already had his first name in their cheering repertoire.
Herron gave them a lot to cheer about on Sunday with 12 carries for 65 yards and five receptions for 31 yards.
“I was just honored that the coaches gave me the opportunity and the coaches believed in me. It was a great moment for me,” Herron said of getting the start.
Herron entered the Colts 2014 Training Camp as the team’s fourth string running back.
Yet, as is typically life in the NFL, more than a couple of running backs are needed to survive a 16-game regular season.
Of the Colts 74 offensive snaps on Sunday, Herron played 31.
The expanded role for Herron was expected after the Colts placed Ahmad Bradshaw on injured reserve earlier in the week.
Talk during the week had fans wondering if the Colts would explore other options at the running back position.
On Sunday though, it was Herron taking charge.
“They got me the ball a couple times and I tried to make something happen with it,” Herron said after the win.
“Obviously, I felt like I can play a little bit better but we got the win and it was a good team win.”
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INDIANAPOLIS – Behind a stout defensive effort, the Colts (7-4) recorded a 23-3 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-10) in Week 12.
The win was the Colts 13th in 14 tries following a loss under Chuck Pagano.
The Colts will now wrap up their three-game homestand with a visit from Washington (3-8) on Sunday afternoon.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
MORE “RESILIENT” COLTS—It’s one thing to talk about it, it’s a totally different ordeal to carry that out. The Colts have preached resiliency in bouncing back from losses and Sunday was another case of it. Under Chuck Pagano, the Colts have now won 13 games following their 14 losses, a feat that is why the team is staring at a third straight postseason appearance.
STOUT DEFENSIVE EFFORT – Following a disappointing effort against the Patriots, the Indianapolis defense put together one of its best performances of the year on Sunday. The Jaguars had less than 100 yards of total offense on their first 11 drives and the lone three points scored came on a short field.
HILTON BACK IN BUSINESS – Sunday will be one that T.Y. Hilton won’t soon forget. Hilton rose quite early on Sunday morning with the birth of his daughter around 7:30 a.m. He headed to work later and put in quite the day at the office. Hilton’s 73-yard touchdown tied the longest of his career and he reached the 1,000-yard plateau for the second straight season.
CRIBBS’ IMPRESSIVE IN DEBUT – It took just one touch from Josh Cribbs to show why the Colts signed the veteran kick returner. Cribbs’ 46-yard kick return to start the game on Sunday was the Colts longest kick return since 2012. Even with his third-quarter punt return for a touchdown that was called back, Cribbs showed plenty to add to the Colts playmaking ability.
DIVISIONAL LEAD EXPANDS – The Colts entered Sunday with just a one-game divisional lead, the smallest they’ve had in over a month. That lead grew to two games with the Colts (7-4) win and the Texans (5-6) dropping a home contest to the Bengals. The Colts have a two-game lead in the AFC South with five weeks left. Houston comes to Lucas Oil Stadium in Week 15.
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