Nov 30, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) throws a touchdown pass in the first half action against the Washington Redskins at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports
The Indianapolis Colts overcame two early first quarter turnovers in order to beat the Washington Redskins 49-27 on Sunday afternoon. Behind the arm of their star young quarterback Andrew Luck, the Colts put on quite the offensive display in front of the home crowd. Luck was 19 for 27 for 370 passing yards, 5 touchdowns, and 1 interception on the day. The team was able to safely avoid disaster after two early turnovers: an Andrew Luck fumble and interception on back-to-back opening possessions respectively to eventually win this one quite handedly.
Of course, he got some help from his young and talented Colts’ receivers. T.Y. Hilton had a team-high 5 receptions for 62 receiving yards and a touchdown, while rookie wideout Donte Moncrief had a team-high in receiving yards with 134 receiving yards on his way to 2 touchdowns, including a 79-yard bomb of a touchdown strike from QB Andrew Luck early in the 4th quarter. Despite an early 2nd quarter “gimme of a touchdown” drop, tight end Coby Fleener redeemed himself on the afternoon, finishing with 4 receptions for 127 yards and 2 touchdowns, showing a spirited effort on his 2nd touchdown reception after the catch as he went 73 yards to paydirt.
The Colts also received a boost in the ground game, as Dan Herron rushed 8 times for 88 rushing yards (11.0 ypc), including a 49-yard touchdown run. While Trent Richardson continues to get a decent share of the workload, it’s clear that Herron has the clear more explosion of the two running backs, as Richardson had only 8 carries for 12 yards (1.5 ypc) on Sunday. However, Herron has to clean up his ball security issues, as he had another fumble that was lost late in the 2nd quarter. His second fumble lost in the past two weeks.
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Not to be outdone by the offense, the Colts defense also largely played well on the afternoon. They were able to get consistent pressure on Redskins’ quarterback Colt McCoy, getting 6 team sacks on the day.
Their biggest play of the afternoon came when with 5:12 in the 3rd quarter on 4th and short, Colts’ outside linebacker Erik Walden strip-sacked McCoy from the right side, and D’Qwell Jackson scooped up the football and took it 35 yards the other way for a touchdown. It made the score 35-17, and the game was well out of reach the rest of the way. Walden led the team with 2 sacks on the afternoon, while Jackson led them in tackles with 10 tackles (6 solo).