The Colts played well enough today to save their season, beating the Texans 24-21. Here is how the offense played in the effort.
Early in Houston, the offense was having problems. They couldn’t move the ball at all, and failed to get a first down until the second quarter. But they got things figured out, and did just enough to win the game. Here is how each unit performed today.
The first quarter is what is keeping this grade from being any higher. In that first quarter, he did not play well. But after that, he moved the team down the field. He threw for 399 yards and 2 touchdowns. He did have one pick, but that was off of Zach Pascal‘s hands. Good game for Luck.
There wasn’t a lot of room for the running game today. The Colts’ running backs only combined for 34 yards on 17 carries. The only reason this grade is this high is because Marlon Mack did have a rushing touchdown. They didn’t do much in the passing game either. Not their best effort.
Houston was able to get two sacks in the game, although one of them wasn’t on the offensive line. But overall, the line did a pretty decent job. They weren’t good in the run game with opening holes, but they kept Luck upright for most of the day.
This grade could be higher as well, if not for a couple of drops. This unit had three drops. Two were from Eric Ebron, and one was from Erik Swoope. But Ebron did have four catches for 65 yards and a touchdown. He continues to be a big target in the red zone, but needs to clean up the drops.
T.Y. Hilton had a monster game, having 9 catches for 199 yards. They couldn’t cover him all game, and made big plays constantly. Pascal had 5 catches for 68 yards and a touchdown, but did have a drop that resulted in an INT. But this unit really showed up today and put up some big numbers.
The Colts did what they needed to do to win the game today. But they need to keep it going if they want to be playing football deep into January.