Ranking the Colts’ 4 forced turnovers from the win over Buffalo
The Indianapolis Colts had a huge win over the Bills aided by four forced turnovers.
Entering the Week 11 game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Buffalo Bills, one of the storylines surrounded how both defenses were top two in the NFL in takeaways. Buffalo entered the game leading with 24, and Indianapolis was slightly behind with 21.
After Sunday’s blowout victory, the Colts now lead the NFL with an impressive 25, taking the ball away from the Bills four times.
Indianapolis’ three interceptions and one fumble recovery were a huge reason the Colts were able to run away with the victory.
With nearly a handful of takeaways, let’s rank the four:
4. Isaiah McKenzie gifts the Colts
This probably can’t be counted as a forced turnover, unless the turf is a member of the Colts, but it was still great. Especially since Indianapolis didn’t have to do much for it, other than run down on kickoff and essentially have the ball handed to them.
The only thing that could’ve made this better is if TJ Carrie and the kickoff unit were actually able to get into the end zone. However, it still worked out well, as the play set up Jonathan Taylor’s third touchdown of the game and put the Colts ahead 24-7, right before the half.
3. Colts linebacker Zaire Franklin’s first career INT
This interception had little impact on the game, but it was Zaire Franklin’s first career interception, and that alone makes it great. Franklin is one of the captains of this team and is always making plays, so it was great to see him finally steal a pass out of the air.
As for how he did it, Franklin was lurking in the middle of the field and smoothly slid right into the passing lane for an easy interception. He will, however, be penalized for not making it a house call. Franklin had a straight shot to the end zone if he turned on the jets or if TJ Carrie had delivered him a block.
Either way, it’s all laughs when you’re already up 41-15.
2. Xavier Rhodes & Kenny Moore play volleyball for Colts
This one gets all the style points. Rhodes and Moore made it a bit complicated by not just snatching it cleanly, but it ended up looking pretty cool. A nice way to complete the tip drill.
This interception came midway through the third quarter when the game was 31-7 and it set up Taylor’s fifth and final touchdown. In today’s NFL, a 24-point comeback is rather feasible in a quarter and a half, especially with an offense like Buffalo’s. So this interception was huge, as it was essentially the nail in the coffin.
1. George Odum gets things started for the Colts
While Moore’s interception was the nail in the coffin, George Odum’s was the one that got the party started. On the Bills’ first possession, Odum jumped the receiver and took the pick back 22 yards.
Odum did this when it was still a 7-0 game. This play not only gave Indianapolis good field position for their second drive, but it created a momentum swing that the team would ride all day.
Without Odum’s interception, Sunday’s game would have played out an entirely different way. His early play-making ability set the tone for the type of game that followed, and that’s why it ranks as the No. 1 takeaway this week by the Colts.
If Indianapolis wants to play more dominant games like the one on Sunday, the defense and special teams units will need to continue to force turnovers.