Sunday, October 21, 2012
Wrap-up: Colts 17, Browns 13
By Paul Kuharsky
Thoughts on the Indianapolis Colts' 17-13 win over the Cleveland Browns at Lucas Oil Stadium:
What it means: The Colts are at .500 after recording their third home win and have surpassed last season's total just six games into the 2012 season.
What I liked: A team that has struggled to run and to stop the run did both. The Colts turned 37 carries into 148 rushing yards with Vick Ballard and Delone Carter doing better with their chances and Andrew Luck running for two short scores. The previous Colts quarterback to score twice on the ground was Ricky Turner in 1988. The rush defense also fared quite well, at least in part because rookie back Trent Richardson was unable to play in the second half with the rib injury he suffered last week. The Browns managed just 55 yards.
What the Browns didn’t like: The dose of good fortune (for the Colts) that came with fewer than seven minutes left in the game, when rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden hit the mark on a play that would have put the Browns ahead, but receiver Josh Gordon dropped a long touchdown pass.
Good news: Colts coach Chuck Pagano, who's battling leukemia, was out of the hospital and watched the win from his family's home.
Welcome back: Inside linebacker Pat Angerer, who broke a foot in the preseason, appeared in his first game of the year. While the Colts didn’t record a sack, Angerer had two of their quarterback hits.
What’s next: The Colts, who’ve played four of their six games at home, head for Tennessee, where they face the 3-4 Titans. The winner of that one will stand as the second-best team in the AFC South.