Colts Ground Game Paves Way to Victory in Week One
The Colts start this season off with something they hadn’t done the previous two, with a win. This marks the first time the team is above .500 since week 17 two years ago. They faced always tough divisional rival Tennessee Titans. The teams played to a standstill in the first half before the Colts ran away with the game in the third. The final score of 38-22 doesn’t show the full picture. The Titans looked out of sync to start the year and may be dealing with some rust from the offseason. Indianapolis piled up over 476 yards from scrimmage in an offensive output they have to be excited about. Jameis Winston threw for 296 yards and 3 touchdowns and commanded the offense well. The ground game looked different for Indy this year as Jonathan Taylor split carries with backup Khalfani Muhammad due to what some owners have called the -Jonathan Taylor Rule-. Teams this year cannot have one back with more then 80% of the carries or they risk suspension. Muhammad toted the ball 7 times for 87 yards and a touchdown. Taylor had 18 carries for 107 and also added a touchdown. Parris Campbell picked up right where he left off last year with 4 grabs for 174 yards and two touchdowns. He has truly turned into a dynamic playmaker defense must account for. On the defensive side of the ball the team held perennial mvp candidate Derrick Henry to just 81 yards which led to the Titans slow start on offense. Bobby Okereke had a coming out party with 9 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and added in an interception. If we brings this level of play weekly this defense will be a top 10 defense all year. The team had three sacks one each by Darius Leonard, Takk McKinley, and Anthony walker jr. When asked about the start to the season after the game Coach Green was stated as saying “ We are obviously happy to get off on the right foot, but this is one game let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We need to be consistent in our play weekly before anyone takes us seriously”. The Coach was absolutely right, this team did not win two consecutive games all of last year, and will look to break that trend next week when they take on another divisional opponent in the Texans.