Week 12 Grade: Indianapolis Colts Offense vs Titans

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 26: Jacoby Brissett /

The Colts fell to the Tennessee Titans 20-16 on Sunday after Indianapolis blew another double-digit lead in the second half. The offense struggled to protect Brissett and hold the lead down the stretch.


Had this game lasted only two quarters, the Colts’ offense may have received a passing grade. However, an NFL game lasts 60 minutes and the Indianapolis offense fell apart in the second half once again.

On the positive side of things, Jack Doyle had another tremendous game. The Colts’ tight end hauled in 7 catches on 8 targets for 94 yards including 2 impressive receptions on third-down to keep Colts’ drives alive in the first half.

Frank Gore also played up to expectations with 17 carries for 62 yards. Near the end of the first half Gore scampered up the middle for 14 yards and a score, putting the Colts up 13-6 before halftime.

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The negative aspects of the offense from this game were much more glaring. Jacoby Brissett was sacked 8 times during the game. Granted, Ryan Kelly was ruled out for the second half with a concussion, but 6 of the 8 sacks were surrendered before halftime.

The Colts’ wide receivers could not get separation from the Tennessee defensive backs all afternoon. The Indianapolis wide outs combined for only 65 yards, and T.Y. Hilton was held to 15 yards on 2 receptions. In each of the Colts’ 3 wins this season Hliton has gone over 100 yards receiving. When Hilton is held in check, the Colts’ offense struggles to score points.

Marlon Mack‘s fumble in the third quarter started the tumble that would eventually see Indy’s 10-point lead turn into a 4-point defeat. Though the Colts won the turnover battle,  Mack’s fumble occurred deep in Indianapolis territory and the Titans would score on the ensuing possession with a touchdown pass from Marcus Mariota to Delanie Walker.

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The Colts’ final four possessions resulted in a fumble and three punts. Until the Indianapolis offense learns how to finish they will continue to lose close games.