This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is cornerback Rashaan Melvin.
The position that’s been hit the hardest injury wise in 2016 added another one on Sunday.
When a knee injury took Patrick Robinson out of the game in Sunday’s second half, the Colts had to call upon Rashaan Melvin.
Signed just before the start of the 2016 season, Melvin has seen his playing time fluctuate a lot with all the ups and downs of the secondary.
Melvin did more than just answer the “Next Man Up” call on Sunday.
Not only did Melvin contribute three tackles, but his forced fumble in the fourth quarter was the play of the day for the defense.
“I was just coming in, breaking on the ball, and making a play on the football,” Melvin said of his strip on Bears wideout Cameron Meredith. “Coming in, knowing that the ball was in position where I could put my hand on the ball and as I’m taking the man to the ground. It was a big play.”
Melvin also had coverage on the fourth-and-eight failed attempt the Bears had to end Chicago’s final opportunity.
Even if Robinson returns to work this week, Melvin will likely be needed again this season with how the injuries have piled up in the secondary.
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INDIANAPOLIS – There was no London hangover for the Colts.
Playing back at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday afternoon, the Colts got off to a nice start in a 29-23 victory over the Bears.
The Colts (2-3) will hit the road in three of the next four weeks, starting next Sunday with a trip to Houston (3-2).
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
TEMPO AIDS THE OFFENSE – It was talked about all week long and it took place on Sunday. The Colts did go no-huddle early in Sunday’s game, helping the offense to a score on all four first-half drives. On both of the Colts’ touchdown drives, they went no-huddle.
T.Y. HILTON SPARKS OFFENSE – San Diego couldn’t cover T.Y. Hilton and neither could Chicago. Against the Bears, Hilton had 10 catches in 11 targets for 171 yards and a touchdown. Hilton also had five grabs of at least 20 yards on Sunday. Both Andrew Luck and Hilton had some big plays coming off improvisation.
DEFENSE FINDS TIMELY TURNOVER – Sunday was definitely not the finest defensive performance for the Colts. When that unit needed stops though late in the game, it got them. First, it was cornerback Rashaan Melvin stripping wide receiver Cameron Meredith and D’Qwell Jackson jumping on the fumble. On the next series, the Colts got one final stop via a turnover on downs.
AUTOMATIC ADAM – Adam Vinatieri is a machine. The 43-year-old kicker converted all five of his field goal attempts on Sunday, including four from at least 41 yards. Vinny has now made 38 straight field goals, five short of the NFL record.
BACK IN THE DIVISION? – Next Sunday, it will be the Colts (2-3) and Texans (3-2) meeting at NRG Stadium. The winner will have the AFC South lead through six weeks of the season. The Colts will actually have back-to-back divisional games, going to Tennessee the following week, before taking a month-long break from the AFC South.
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