NFC North: Greg Toler

Upon Further Review: Colts Week 16

December, 23, 2013
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An examination of five topics from the Indianapolis Colts' 23-7 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Denny Medley/USA TODAY SportsDonald Brown had 110 total yards and two scores against the Chiefs.
Charles causes pain: Colts defensive lineman Cory Redding left the game in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury. He said it happened while trying to tackle Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. “I was trying to get a diving tackle on Jamaal and landed on my shoulder, and it just kind of popped out and came back in,” Redding said. “I’m good to go. I’m from Texas where we’re tough.” Redding took part in the sack party that the Colts had on Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. Redding had a sack and recovered a fumble.

What can Brown do for you? Running back Donald Brown rushed for a team-high 79 yards on 10 carries with a touchdown. His 51-yard touchdown is the longest run of the season for the Colts. Brown also had two catches for 31 yards and a touchdown. The 110 total yards are a season high for Brown. He’s averaging 5.6 yards a carry this season. That average is good enough for second-best in the NFL among running backs with at least 90 carries. That’s the good. Here’s the not-so-good part. The rest of the Colts are averaging 3.7 yards a carry this season, with quarterback Andrew Luck averaging 6.1 yards a carry.

Protecting the ball: Protecting the football is part of the reason the Colts have a chance to match their win total of 11 from last season. They didn’t commit a turnover against the Chiefs and have committed a league-low 14 turnovers this season.

Toler returns: Cornerback Greg Toler returned to the lineup for the first time in seven weeks. He didn’t start, but the fact that he was able to play after an extended absence because of a groin injury was a step in the right direction for him. Toler didn’t have any tackles. “I was happy. I was able to get my foot in the ground when I wanted to,” Toler said. “They had me on a couple of meds before the game, but I was happy to have a chance to get back out there. I’ve been past the stage of thinking about my groin.”

Moving up the rankings: Luck was 26-of-37 for 241 yards and two touchdowns. Luck is 7 yards shy of surpassing Carolina quarterback Cam Newton for the most passing yards in the first two seasons of a career. Luck shouldn’t have a problem moving ahead of Newton because the Colts close the regular season against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Dec. 29. Luck threw for 257 yards against the Jaguars in the Week 4 meeting between the two teams.

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