The good and bad for Colts as they keep playoff hopes alive against Titans

The “cardiac” Colts get another tight victory over division rival Tennessee Titans as they sweep the season series with in the first game of December football. This is the first sweep of Tennessee since 2018.

Indianapolis Colts v Tennessee Titans
Indianapolis Colts v Tennessee Titans / Andy Lyons/GettyImages
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The good from Colts in Week 13 (continued)

Alec Pierce (finally)

Alec Pierce has awoken from his quiet season in a big way this week. Pierce had his best game of the season so far with three catches on six targets for 100 yards and his first touchdown of the season. The touchdown was a 55-yard reception where he was able to beat the Titans defense deep early in the game. He was also targeted in the endzone on a short route, but the ball was missed by Minshew and he also overthrew another deep ball where Pierce easily could have taken it all the way.

Pierce had a huge deep ball grab in overtime to set up the game winning touchdown to Michael Pittman Jr. While it’s unfortunate it took this long for Pierce to have a breakout game this season, it was bound to happen eventually. Being able to open the deep ball with Pierce will be a great element going forward to take some pressure off Pittman.

Micheal Pittman Jr. (again)

Michael Pittman Jr. had another solid week of work as he is really beginning to make the argument that he is a true WR1 in this league. Pittman finished with 11 catches on 16 targets for 105 yards and a touchdown, that happened to be the game-winning score in overtime. It’s becoming difficult to argue Pittman not being a WR1 anymore. Most of his passes were caught over the middle or on the sidelines.

Tennessee did not have an answer for him with simple slants and crossing patterns. Pittman is not a deep ball threat this season but his reliability for Minshew and this offense have put him in that WR1 category. The CBS telecast mentioned that this was his fifth consecutive game with at least eight receptions; that is the second longer streak in Colts franchise history.  Don’t forget that Pittman is in a contract year this season.