Indianapolis Colts 22 vs Tennessee Titans 14
FG A.Vinatieri 47 yd. Field Goal (12-59, 6:09)
FG A.Vinatieri 48 yd. Field Goal (5-32, 1:09)
TD R.Fitzpatrick 1 yd. run (R.Bironas kick) (10-80, 4:20)
FG A.Vinatieri 45 yd. Field Goal (8-57, 2:47)
FG A.Vinatieri 37 yd. Field Goal (5-45, 0:26)
TD C.Johnson 1 yd. pass from R.Fitzpatrick (R.Bironas kick) (14-80, 7:31)
FG A.Vinatieri 49 yd. Field Goal (4-1, 1:14)
TD D.Brown 4 yd. run (A.Vinatieri kick) (11-92, 6:12)
What the Colts did Right
The offense was able to move the ball much better this game and that was thanks to better play designs and play calling as well as better decisions from Andrew Luck. Efficiency is the key to this offense.
Luck also used his feet well and had a huge 24 yard run that generated a lot of momentum. He needs to continue to develop his running ability and he needs to show other teams that he's a running threat too.
Donald Brown took over the starting job and had a great 2nd half. His play on the Colts' only touchdown drive was great and he put the cap on a win with his 4 yard touchdown. He's reading holes well and can cut well to avoid tackles. Stanley Havili had a nice game as well, blocking well and making a few big catches.
Coby Fleener had a few nice catches and TY was not bad. Lavon Brazill made a big catch towards
Adam Vinatieri was the main source of scoring for the team as he scored 16 of the 22 points and made a ton of big field goals. He's absolutely clutch.
As for the defense, the Colts received a few big performances. Jerrell Freeman and Robert Mathis really stood throughout the whole game with either pressure on the QB, making key tackles or making that big interception to seal the game. Speaking of interception, Cassius Vaughn had 2 of them, and both were because of him putting himself in the right place. He had a great game.
The Colts did a nice job containing and for the most part stopping Chris Johnson. He did not have one run over 9 yards and averaged under 4 yards per carry. He wasn't able to get loose and as the game went on, they needed to rely on Fitzpatrick more, which is exactly what they wanted.
Fitzpatrick threw the ball 37 times which is probably more than what I think the Titans wanted. Either way, he wasn't able to get comfortable all day and forced a lot of throws. That was thanks to great coverage and good pressure from a few different Colts, especially Mathis. The Colts made plays on defense and it's a big reason why they won today. They couldn't make any plays the last 4 weeks and that's why they either got killed or narrowly escaped games.
The defensive gameplan was a good one, they forced the Titans to go pass heavy and they were very aggressive in coverage, which is something that worked extremely well earlier in the season. They didn't really have too many guys deep (usually just one and that was Landry), and they played a lot of man to man. The cornerbacks were on their game and all 3 of the starters played well.
The defense won the Colts this game.
What the Colts did Wrong
Despite the nice victory, it was a relatively sloppy game for the Colts.
Andrew Luck was still a bit careless with the ball, and he needs to be more accurate with the ball. To be more specific, he needs to stop forcing a lot of throws and he needs to have better ball placement on passes to the receivers' outside shoulder.
Trent Richardson failed to do anything again. It's the same issues too, he's not reading the right holes and he's not explosive. It's good they didn't stick with him and went away from him after seeing that he couldn't do anything.
Darrius Heyward-Bey had another bad game. He had an opportunity to make a huge play late in the game, but tried catching with his chest and of course it bounced off it and he dropped the ball. The guy just doesn't learn and is costing the Colts A LOT of big plays. It's disgusting.
The offensive line was pretty horrid and Luck was tossed around for a big part of the game. Jurell Casey had a huge game against the Colts' interior lineman and was almost always in the backfield. He had a sack on Luck, and overall, the Titans had 5 sacks. That just can't happen and at times, it killed the Colts. It would completely stall a drive. It would also hurt in the running game and the interior offensive line was the main reason why the running game took so long to develop in this game.
On defense, the Colts really struggled with stopping Ryan Fitzpatrick on the ground. Fitzpatrick has some wheels and he used them. He had 8 rushes for 54 yards which is silly, and a few of those rushes came on 3rd downs which hurt them even more. The coaches needed to adjust to that as the game went on and should have had a spy on him or something. They cannot let that happen again. They'll be playing Alex Smith, Case Keenum and Andy Dalton before the end of the year, and all 3 can run (especially Smith), so the Colts have to prepare for that.
They also need to watch out for being too aggressive. Being aggressive is good, but when you start blitzing too many people, have no safety help on man to man coverage, you can catch yourself in some trouble on occasion. The Colts were fortunate it didn't happen more often, but the Titans took advantage of their over-aggressiveness on some big passes.
Colts Player of the Game
The player of the game is Adam Vinatieri. Vinatieri had one of the best games of his career nailing all five of his field goals. He made 37, 45, 47, 48 and 49 yard field goals, which is just down right crazy. Vinatieri was the Colts' offense today and scored 16 of the Colts' 22 points and without him, the Colts would not have won this game.