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Five Things Learned: Indianapolis/Washington

Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 30, 2014 – 11:00 pm



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.


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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