INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts strung their winning streak to three games on Sunday in a 25-12 victory over the Buccaneers.
It was a dominant second half for the Colts with their defense pitching a shutout and the offense finding the end zone twice.
The Colts (6-5) will next head to Pittsburgh (6-5) for a Sunday Night Football matchup in Week 13.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
STIRRING HALFTIME MESSAGE – Led by veterans Matt Hasselbeck and Kendall Langford, halftime messages definitely resonated with their teammates Sunday. The Colts looked like a totally different team following intermission. A 12-6 halftime deficit evaporated quickly for the Colts, helping them notch their third straight victory.
HASSELBECK CONTINUES TO LEAD – Jameis Winston called him “a straight surgeon” after watching Matt Hasselbeck operate on Sunday. Hasselbeck’s 315-yard, two-touchdown outing was once again highlighted by no turnovers. Hasselbeck joined Brett Favre as the only 40-year-old quarterback to win four straight starts in a single season.
COLTS RAMP UP PASS RUSH – Just like they did in Atlanta last week, the Colts pass rush was a different animal in the second half. Four sacks for the defense stymied anything the Bucs tried to do after halftime. The Colts were able to control field position thanks to a strong start to the second half from the defense.
HOUSTON KEEPS PACE – With a pair of home wins over the NFC South, the top of the AFC South kept pace on Sunday. At 6-5, the Colts hold the division lead over Houston (6-6) because of their Week Five victory over the Texans. These two appear to be on a crash course for a massive Week 15 meeting at Lucas Oil Stadium.
ONE MORE IN PRIMETIME – The Colts will have their fifth and final primetime game of 2015 next Sunday in Pittsburgh. The Steelers are coming off a 39-30, cross-country, loss to the Seahawks on Sunday. Ben Roethlisberger is undergoing the concussion protocol so that will be a major storyline heading into next week.
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