Colts Defense Covers For Offense In Late Season Victory
Indy played spoiler Sunday night, with a victory over the Seattle Seahawks who are currently fighting for a playoff berth in the NFC. The colts who are eliminated showed up to play which is a good sign moving forward, some teams mail it in end of the year when there’s not much left to play for. This team was challenged by the coach who made it clear with the way the season has gone, there would be some changes next year. The gameplan coming in was simple, control the clock and win the turnover battle. They forced 7 turnovers and rushed for over 100 yards, so the gameplan worked to the tune of a 27-3 victory. Jonathan Taylor led the offense with 105 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns on the ground. Ty Hilton who has showed some flashes of when he was younger at times this year and proved he still has some left in the tank, he finished with 3 grabs for 119 yards including and 85 yard catch and score. The game puts him over 700 yards on the year to go along with 7 touchdowns, this was a different role he played this year as the seemingly always number 1 option in Indy saw himself play second fiddle to speedster Parris Campbell. The defense was led by Jaquiski Tartt who had two interceptions including one in the redzone which took points off the board for Seattle. Tartt who was a key offseason acquisition is second on the team with eight interceptions, and has also added in 1 sack and a forced fumble. The Colts got exactly what they wanted this year out of Tartt. Takk McKinley was back for the first time since his injury 8 weeks ago, he had a strip sack to know the hawks out of field goal position early in the game. The pass rush at times this year has been non existent so getting Takk back and getting an immediate sack was huge for the team. Malik Hooker continued to add to his all pro campaign this year with 3 tackles and another interception, now has 51 tackles 11 interceptions including one returned for a touchdown. Early indications show him in a close battle for an all pro bid, as well as having an outside shot at defensive player of the year honors He is the key to the secondary and will look to keep this momentum into next year. Jameis Winston continues to have a so-so campaign as he threw for just over 200 yards one touchdown and one interception. The Colts paid him to be the future but he struggled through most of the year. He needs to have a good final game of the year, as well as having a solid offseason to make the organization feel good about having him as the incumbent starter next year. The next game which happens to be the last game of the season will see the Colts take on the New York Jets. Both teams have been eliminated from playoff contention so it will be interesting to see which team comes out hungry. We’ve had early indication that pro bowl hopeful wide reciever Parris Campbell will see limited action as the Colts look to see what they have in rookie Shi Smith. Coach made it clear that the team will look to win the game and use the momentum heading into the offseason. When asked about the game plan coach Green would not offer much information besides offering a few keys for next week which were, win the turnover battle and make the young inexperienced Jets drive the field by winning the field position battle. If the teams follows suit it bodes well, as the games they win the turnover battle they’ve done very well in this season. With a 6-9 record on the year so far, it’s safe to say the team is not in the position they had hoped they would be in week 17. If they can pull out a week 17 victory it will be the first back to back wins of the season and will be a silver lining to a year that was filled with close losses and under achievements.