Thursday, November 14, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Indianapolis Colts
By Mike Wells
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A few thoughts on the Indianapolis Colts’ 30-27 victory over the Tennessee Titans at LP Field:
What it means: The Colts continue to roll the dice with slow starts. They went into the half trailing 17-6 to bring their first-half deficit over their past three games to 66-9. But instead of waiting until the fourth quarter to get back into the game, the Colts got it going in the third quarter. Indianapolis used an 11-play, 74-yard drive that ended with running back Donald Brown scoring from 6 yards. The Colts got the ball back seconds later when Devon Wylie fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Dan Herron recovered the ball, and they took the lead for good two plays later when quarterback Andrew Luck, seeing Titans defensive lineman Derrick Morgan jump into the passing lane, tucked the ball and ran in from 11 yards. Luck spiked the ball with force once he got into the end zone. Brown outplayed teammate Trent Richardson, finishing with 14 carries for 80 yards and two touchdowns. Tight end Coby Fleener had eight catches for a career-high 107 yards. The Colts are in control of the AFC South now, ahead by three games with six games remaining.
Walden loses his cool: Colts linebacker Erik Walden should expect to hear from the league office after he gave a helmetless Delanie Walker a head-butt following a play in the second quarter. It was surprising that Walden wasn’t ejected because the league has taken a stand on protecting players. Walden tried to redeem himself with a sack in the third quarter, but it doesn't make up for his classless play in the first half. The league will at least fine Walden and could suspend him.
The ageless wonder: Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri nailed a 50-yard field goal in the third quarter to give him four field goals of at least 50 yards this season. He’s two shy of the Colts’ single-season record established by Dean Biasucci in 1988 and equaled by Mike Vanderjagt in 1998.
What’s next: The Colts play at the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 24. The Cardinals are coached by Bruce Arians, who coached the Colts last season while Chuck Pagano was out battling leukemia.