The Colts played a great game last night in their upset of the Chiefs. Aspects of the offense were a big reason for this victory.
It might not have been the prettiest football based on modern standards, but the Colts did well enough beat the Chiefs in Arrowhead 19-13. The offense wasn’t spectacular, but it did just enough to win the game. Here is how each unit played last night.
Jacoby Brissett didn’t have his finest game. He threw a bad interception in the redzone in the first half that cost the team some points. He was only 18/29 for 151 yards. But he managed the game well late in the game. He completed a lot of short passes that converted for first time.
Brissett will have to be better in other games this season. He can’t turn the ball over, especially in the red zone. But the good part of his game was that he shook off the mistake and managed the game extremely well down the stretch.
The offensive line was the story of this game on the offensive side of the ball. They were absolutely dominating during the entire game. They opened up big holes in the run game and got to the second level with ease. In pass protection, they did a good job as well.
This was the type of game we’ve been waiting for from this unit. Quenton Nelson and Anthony Castonzo were standouts on this unit too. They were pushing lineman way back in the trenches. If they keep playing like this, this is a really hard team to beat.
The second part of the dominating play up front was the running backs. Marlon Mack ran for 132 yards by himself. Jordan Wilkins added another 28 yards on 7 carries. The better the running game is for this team, the more wins they will rack up. Great game for these guys.
Eric Ebron continues to be a drop machine, only catching one of his four targets. Jack Doyle continues to be the exact opposite, catching three balls for critical yardage. He also did a great job blocking in the running game as well. This poor grade is really for the disappointing game Ebron had, which is becoming common.
They didn’t get a ton of opportunities to catch the ball and make an impact on this game. T.Y. Hilton caught 4 balls for 37 yards. Deon Cain caught one for 7 yards and Zach Pascal caught one for 8. That was it for the receivers. But they opened up the field for the rest of the offense. Having Hilton out there just as a threat was huge in this one.
It was a great team win for the Colts. They need to carry this feeling through the bye week and through the rest of the season.