A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 15.
The Colts turned all of the pregame thinking about their ground game inside-out in their win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. They shut down the Jaguars' physical run attack. And they churned out over twice as many rushing yards.
For his part in that, second-year running back Donald Brown is the AFC South High Energy Player of the Week. He carried 14 times for 129 yards and a touchdown, posting his first 100-yard game in the NFL. He had an early 49-yard bolt up the middle that featured a stiff-arm to the outreached hand of safety Sean Considine, and a 43-yard touchdown run up the left side.
Brown has struggled while Joseph Addai and Mike Hart have been missing because of injuries, often looking tentative. But he ran with authority against the Jaguars, who have a pretty physical front, and it’s a development that could pay big dividends going forward. I don’t know if any doubt had crept in for him, but he knows he can do it now.
“I think that would shoot a guy’s confidence through the roof,” said Dominic Rhodes, the recently re-signed veteran running back. “Because when you see that you can do it in this league, that turns a light on in your head.”
The Colts could well be without Addai and Hart again Sunday in Oakland, and the Raiders are a big, physical running team like the Jaguars. If Brown can provide a similar boost for a second game in a row, the Colts will stand a far better chance of winning.