The Colts didn’t need a ton of help from their special teams in their 30-23 victory over the Texans, but when they did they got it.
Special teams were an issue early in the year for this Colts team. That is no longer the case, as they have fixed their woes. It didn’t matter today, as the Colts still won. Here is how each unit did in the victory, and how much they contributed.
Adam Vinatieri wasn’t needed to kick any field goals today, but he did make all four extra points that he attempted. Vinny has fixed his kicking problems that plagued him in the first few weeks. Extra points are now being made with ease.
Rigoberto Sanchez wasn’t needed until the second half. But when he was needed, he did exactly what he was asked to do. He punted four times and had two of them downed inside the 20, including one that was downed at the 4 for Houston’s last possession.
Zach Pascal was busy on kickoff returns. He had three of them for an average of 22 yards a return. Typically, his returns resulted in average field position for the Colts. He usually got to or just past the 25 yard-line, which is where the ball would be placed for a touchback.
Chester Rogers was only able to return one punt, and he did so for 13 yards. A return of that length is solid, and it gave the Colts better field position than they would have had. Nothing spectacular from either guy, but solid performances nevertheless.
The Colts just need their special teams to not hurt them in games. That was the case today, and it resulted in a win.