INDIANAPOLIS – The entire nation got to see the most dominant performance the Colts have had in 2016 on Monday night.
In beating the Jets 41-10, the Colts won their third straight game with Andrew Luck under center.
The victory put the Colts (6-6) into a three-way tie for the AFC South lead, with a critical matchup coming this Sunday against the Houston Texans (6-6) at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
GOOD TO HAVE LUCK BACK – Andrew Luck showed absolutely zero signs of rust in returning from his one-game absence due to a concussion. Luck was outstanding from the start, completing his first six passes. Luck finished Monday 22-of-28 for 278 yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions. His passer rating of 147.6 was a career-high.
TEAM FOOTBALL CARRIES COLTS – Before the offense got on the field Monday, the special teams set up great early field position, leading into a three-and-out stop by the defense. It was complementary football all night long. The defense picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick and Bryce Petty three times, equaling the Colts’ season total coming into Week 13.
DWAYNE ALLEN AND JERRY RICE? – Coming into Monday, the last player to catch three first-half touchdowns on Monday Night Football was Jerry Rice in 1995. Allen finished Monday with four receptions for 72 yards and three touchdowns. T.Y. Hilton’s nine-catch, 146-yard night also deserves mention alongside Allen. Hilton is now over 1,000 yards receiving for a fourth straight season.
MORE HALL OF FAME REASON – Frank Gore continued his ascent up the NFL’s all-time rushing list. Gore had 20 carries for 79 yards on Monday night. His 79 yards came against the NFL’s 4th ranked run defense and also moved him past Tony Dorsett for eighth place on the NFL’s all-time rushing list.
GAME OF THE YEAR COMING – With Monday’s win, the Colts joined the Texans and Titans atop the AFC South, at 6-6. The Colts and Texans will meet this coming Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. A win for the Colts, and they will have control of the AFC South. A loss, and the Colts will need some major help from the Texans in the final three weeks of the season.
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