Indianapolis Delivers A Christmas Eve Victory

The Indianapolis Colts delivered their fans an early gift on Christmas Eve last night. They took on the division leading Titans and came away with a 36-27 victory. The game was back and forth for most of the first 3 quarters, but the deciding factor in the game was turnovers as the Colts had 0 and Titans had 3. The Colts who have struggled against the run this year, held the always dangerous Derrick Henry in check for most of the game. The perennial MVP candidate finished with just 76 yards on 22 attempts which is his second lowest rushing yards in a game this season. The team seemed to be committed to stopping the run even while Aaron Rodgers was regularly finding all pro Jonnu Smith all over the field. The team forced a few key turnovers and never looked back. Jameis Winston who has been playing much better over his last 6 games had another no turnover game finishing an efficient 11 of 16 passing for 179 yards and 1 touchdown. Those aren’t eye popping numbers, but with Jonathan Taylor doing major damage the team relied on Jameis to do just enough while not forcing any mistakes. Taylor finished with 209 yards rushing on 26 attempts and a touchdown. He seemed to get stronger as the game went on and fished with 12 broken tackles. Rodrigo Blankenship kicked in 5 field goals to bring his total on the year up to 22. The defense stood up to the test and was led by the safety duo of Malik Hooker and Jaquiski Tartt who has 5 tackles each and Tartt had a key game sealing interception as well, his 3rd interception in the last two games.  Kenny Moore had the first interception of the game on a deep ball down field as he was left alone on an island and made a huge play for this defense. Khari Willis anticipated a drag route perfectly to come away with his 4 interception on the year. This defense has relied on turnovers all year and now has 33 interceptions to go along with 10 forced fumbles. Coming off of back to back 3 point losses the Colts have still have the slightest pulse when it comes to their playoff lives. Every game moving forward will be a playoff game for this team as they have no margin for another loss. If the Colts can continue to win the turnover battle and run the ball effectively they may be able to string a few wins in a row and shake this playoff race up, or at worst play spoiler.