INDIANAPOLIS – It took longer than 60 minutes, but the Colts have put back-to-back wins together for the first time in 2015.
On Sunday, a 16-13 win over the Jaguars (1-3), gave the Colts the early lead atop the AFC South after the first quarter of the season.
The Colts (2-2) will now have an abbreviated 24-hour rule with a trip to Houston (1-3) coming this week for Thursday Night Football.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
A WIN IS A WIN – This one won’t end up on many franchise highlight tapes but the final score was all that mattered. The Colts grinded their way to a 16-13 win on Sunday afternoon against the Jaguars. After starting the season 0-2, the Colts knew they had to stack some wins together in the division, and they’ve done that the last two weeks.
HASSELBECK FILLS IN – For the first time in three years, Matt Hasselbeck was a starting quarterback in the NFL on Sunday. Hasselbeck got the nod on Sunday morning, in place of injured starter Andrew Luck. The 40-year old Hasselbeck was very sound in a 30-of-47, 282-yard, one-touchdown performance.
THE GOAT– The acronym stands for “greatest of all time” and it’s also how Colts players describe Adam Vinatieri. The 27-yard overtime field goal from Vinatieri marked the 25th time he’s knocked home a game-winner in his 20 NFL seasons. The field goal also gave Vinatieri 1,000 career points for his 10 seasons in Indianapolis, the most in franchise history.
TIMELY DEFENSE – On Sunday afternoon, the Jaguars had eight possessions after halftime and scored zero points. The Colts defense forced punts on six of those drives and kicker Jason Myers missed two game-winning field goals on the other two drives. It was exactly the performance the Colts needed to keep the offense within striking distance of a one-possession game.
AFC SOUTH LEAD – At the quarter pole of the 2015 NFL season, the Colts sit atop the AFC South at 2-2. They must re-shift their focus quickly though with a trip to Houston (1-3) coming on Thursday Night Football. A win on Thursday and the Colts would have early control on the division they’ve won the last two seasons.
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