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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