INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis’ three-game losing streak ended Sunday.
In knocking off the undefeated Broncos 27-24, the Colts put together their finest 60-minute performance of the season.
The Colts (4-5) will now enter their bye week with a one-game lead in the AFC South.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
FAST START COMES SUNDAY – It was the mission Chuck Pagano preached all week long. Start like we finish. On Sunday, that came to fruition with the Colts jumping out to a 17-0 lead through the first quarter and a half. The start was even more impressive when you consider Denver came into Sunday having not allowed a single first-quarter point all season long.
COMMITTED GROUND GAME – With Rob Chudzinski calling the offensive shots Sunday, the Colts carried the ball a season-high 40 times. In doing so, the Colts had the more for 17 minutes longer than the Broncos. Chud also implemented many more two and three tight end looks on Sunday.
HILTON FIGHTS THROUGH INJURY – T.Y. Hilton was supposed to miss four weeks with a foot injury that kept him out of practice all last week. Hilton not only ended up playing Sunday, but he was more than effective. The Colts Pro Bowl wide receiver caught five balls (in six targets) for 82 yards Sunday. Hilton’s presence on the field as needed going up against arguably the league’s top cornerback duo.
INJURIES TO WATCH – Injuries to Mike Adams (ankle) and Henry Anderson (knee) will be the ones to keep an eye on into the bye week. After the game, Adams said the ankle injury was just a “little scare.” Unfortunately, Pagano said the injury to Anderson is “pretty significant” with MRIs coming on Monday for both defenders.
BYE WEEK MOMENTUM – The Colts now head into their bye week at 4-5, with a one-game lead in the AFC South. The schedule for the Colts does lighten up after the bye with road trips to Atlanta (11/22) and Pittsburgh (12/6) standing out on the second half. The Colts won’t get back into their AFC South schedule until 12/13, closing the season with three out of their last four against the division.
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