INDIANAPOLIS – In an action-packed afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Colts got their first win of 2016.
This time the offense and defense both made the winning plays on Sunday to help the Colts to a 26-22 victory over the San Diego Chargers.
The Colts (1-2) will now head five time zones east to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-3) in London on Sunday morning.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
T.Y. HILTON WALKS THE WALK – The Ghost did his talking on Wednesday and his walking on Sunday. Hilton said he needed to make more plays leading up to Week Three and he did—to the tune of eight catches for 174 yards and a touchdown. Hilton torched San Diego’s Pro Bowl CB-Jason Verrett all afternoon.
BOTH SIDES FINISH – Just like the first two weeks of 2016, the Colts had a chance late on Sunday to leave victorious. Both units were able to finish it off. The offense did it thanks to Hilton’s 62-yard catch and run. Then the defense clinched it with Clayton Geathers punching the ball loose from San Diego tight end Hunter Henry and Mike Adams jumping on the loose ball.
HEALTHY DEFENSE SHOWS UP – On Sunday, the Colts had 10 of their 11 expected starters on the field. From Henry Anderson, to Vontae Davis to Clayton Geathers, this was virtually the exact unit the Colts expected to have in 2016. Erik Walden was the star on Sunday with two sacks and two forced fumbles.
MUST WIN? – That phrase is rarely tossed around in Week Three of the NFL. But it was applicable to the Colts on Sunday. Even after starting 0-2, the Colts are now just one game back of the Houston Texans, who reside atop the AFC South at 2-1.
LONDON BOUND – Next up for the Colts is an altered workweek with the team leaving on Thursday to play in London. The Jaguars (0-3) will begin a stretch of three divisional games, all away from home, in four weeks for the Colts. Remember, the Colts will not have their bye week after London. They will host the Bears instead in Week Five.
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