3 Colts to thank for the offensive explosion in Sunday’s win against the Jaguars
2. Colts’ offensive line finally showed up
Indy’s offensive line has hands down been the team’s worst unit and one of the worst units in the league in general. Every game, the offensive line has several miscommunications or is simply beaten straight up and it results in Matt Ryan on the ground. That’s why Indy entered Week 6 with 23 allowed sacks, the most in the NFL.
However, on Sunday, the Colts didn’t give up a single sack and Matt Ryan spent the majority of the game on his feet for the first time since he joined Indianapolis. Part of that was play-calling and Ryan getting the ball out fast but the offensive line also played their best game of the season.
Indianapolis has been experimenting with offensive line combinations all season and they may have found something on Sunday. From left to right, Indy started the game with Bernhard Raimann, Quenton Nelson, Ryan Kelly, Matt Pryor, and Braden Smith. Early in the game, the Colts brung in Dennis Kelly for Raimann at left tackle.
All of this resulted in a game where Matt Ryan dropped back 58 times to pass and wasn’t sacked once. Again, part of that is because Ryan was being quick with his decisions and accurately got the ball out and the other part is because the offensive line is gradually improving. As long as the line keeps moving in the right direction, the offense should be able to have more days like Sunday.