3 promising things from the final game of the season that Colts can build on moving forward
The Indianapolis Colts finished the season with a loss to the Houston Texans but there were still some promising moments for the team’s future.
In Week 1, the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans started the season with a bizarre 20-20 draw. Those same two teams finished the regular season with a Week 18 matchup that was just as chaotic. Although it was a game between two teams with less than five wins each, the NFL world was locked in on the action because of the draft standing implications the outcome had. Houston and Indy gave the NFL a show.
Despite entering the game being tied for the second-worst scoring offense, the Colts and Texans ended up in a high-scoring game— a game that had a chance to end tied up after regulation just like Week 1. However, the Texans decided to go for two late in the game and pulled out a 32-31 victory. This win gave the Chicago Bears the No. 1 pick in the 2023 Draft and moved the Texans to No. 2.
For Indianapolis, the loss gives them a 4-12-1 season, something no one expected at the beginning of the year. However, despite how underwhelming the season has been, the Colts have flashed promise throughout, including in their last loss. Here are three promising things from the Week 18 loss that Indianapolis can build off of.
3. Colts have a legit RB2 in Zack Moss
With Jonathan Taylor set to return from injury next season, Indianapolis doesn’t need a running back. Taylor has proven that he’s one of the best talents in the NFL when he is healthy, so his promising career should get back on track next year. However, he can’t carry the ball every play, and since Indy wants him to be around for a long time, the team doesn’t want him to carry the ball every play. That’s why having a quality RB2 is important.
It seems like the Colts have that in Zack Moss. Indy also had it in Nyheim Hines but the team couldn’t quite figure out how best to use him. That’s why Indianapolis and the Buffalo Bills exchanged Hines and Moss at the trade deadline. It’s looking like both teams will be happy with the running back swap.
On Sunday, Moss started and carried the ball 18 times for 114 yards and one touchdown. Moss was running hard and plowing through defenders, very much looking like a starting running back. Be it, it was the Houston Texans, the team with the worst rushing defense in the league, Moss looked like he could make a great duo with Jonathan Taylor next season.