Friday, November 15, 2013
Keys to victory: Colts 30, Titans 27
By ESPN Stats & Information
What were the keys to the Indianapolis Colts' 30-27 win over the Tennessee Titans on Thursday?
Luck went their way
Andrew Luck didn’t throw for any touchdowns, but he was effective, completing 23 of 36 passes for 232 yards and not throwing an interception. He was 6-for-7 for 91 yards on his play-action passes, considerably better than the 1-for-5 he recorded in last week’s loss to the St. Louis Rams.
Luck has adjusted without the presence of injured receiver Reggie Wayne. Luck’s average throw when Wayne was on the team traveled 9.4 yards downfield. In the last three games, Luck’s average pass has traveled 7.0 yards downfield.
Coby Fleener was Luck’s main target, again, setting career highs for catches and yards. Luck was 8-for-10 for 107 yards when throwing to Fleener.
Fleener had 32 targets in his first seven games, but has been targeted 25 times in three games since Wayne’s injury.
Luck also ran for a touchdown, his ninth in the NFL over the last two seasons. That’s second-most by any quarterback in the NFL in that span, trailing only Cam Newton, who has 12.
Luck has five touchdowns on runs that were scrambles, tied with Christian Ponder for the most in the NFL.
The Colts have managed to find ways to win that don’t require Luck throwing a touchdown pass. They’re 4-2 the last two seasons in starts in which he has none.
Brown runs them over
Donald Brown had season highs in rushes (14), rushing yards (80) and nearly as many rushing yards as he had in his previous four games combined (86). Of those 80 yards, 79 came on runs between the tackles.
Brown actually has more touchdowns with the Colts since Trent Richardson joined the team with three, than Richardson has with the team (two).
The Colts had only eight rushes for 38 yards in the first half, but managed 99 yards on 24 runs in the final 30 minutes of the game. They managed only 18 rushing yards against the Rams last week.
Vinatieri from deep
Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri connected on three field goals, hitting from 48, 30, and 50 yards.
Vinatieri is now 6-for-8 on field goal tries of 48 yards or longer this season. The six makes tie him (for the moment) with Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski for the most in the NFL.