They have done it again. The Colts are once again AFC South champions. They have clinched back-to-back championsships and a spot in the postseason. The Colts will have at least one home playoff game this year, which was step one of their goals. Step two is staring them dead in the face, but there are problems. Big problems.
The Colts took out the Texans yet again today in Indy, which improved their home record against Houston to 13-0. Did they do it in blowout fashion? Nope. Did they have a shootout with the Texans? No sir. It was a defensive battle all game long. Each defense tallied two turnovers but the Colts turnovers came at a time when they needed their defense to step up to the plate. The Texans took the early lead when Kendrick Lewis picked off a bad pass from Luck and took it back for a pick-six. That was the only turnover that Luck would account for on the day…thank God. The Colts other turnover came at the hands of the Reggie Legend. He caught a short pass but the ball was taken from him and ruled a fumble.
No matter the turnovers, the Colts defense kept them in the game. In the second quarter, Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick tried to run the ball but when he was hit by Jonathan Newsome he didn’t get up. Fitzpatrick was taken off the field and put on a cart and taken to the locker room where he was later diagnosed with a broken leg and his season is finished.
I’m going to break from the post game report to say this one thing. Injuries in football are a part of the game. They are unfortunate for sure and no one likes to see an athlete get cut short one a random play. Prayers are with Fitzpatrick, his family and his teammates. However, bashing a player for doing his job is uncalled for and disrespectful. Jonathan Newsome didn’t wake up and drink his protein shake and think, “I’m gonna break a players leg today.” If you’re pissed that your team’s quarterback or any other player for that matter got hurt then be upset. We as Colts fans would be devastated if that happened to a key part of our team. However, don’t make an ass of yourself on social media because of your anger.
Now, back to the fun.
The Texans defense was on point today. Give them credit for holding the best offense in the league to under 300 total yards and one of the best quarterbacks to under 200 yards passing. However they couldn’t keep him from finding the end zone. Twice. Once to Hakeem Nicks and once to Dwayne Allen. J.J. Watt did find his way to Luck today though. Watt racked up two more sacks and added to his already impressive numbers.
The Colts defense was even more impressive today by only giving up 3 points. Foster ran for 99 yards but couldn’t find the end zone. Rookie quarterback Tom Savage came in after Fitz went down and did a decent job. At least the best job he could have done. Savage did fumble the ball early but that could have been jitters. However, at the end of the game a terrible read by Savage turned into an interception by Vontae Davis and sealed the AFC South championship once and for all.
Boom Herron continues to do what he can with his opportunities and continues to average over 5 yards per carry and be the workhorse for the team. As the season winds down I can see his workload getting bigger and he should be getting at least 20 rushing attempts as the playoffs begin. If he can get 60 yards on 11 carries what could he do with another 10 carries?
The Colts still need to knock off the turnovers. They can’t be doing that against the Cowboys or any AFC team they are going to face in the playoffs. Herron needs to see more time and Moncrief needs to be targeted more. I have seen on Twitter that there are people saying this team cannot win their playoff game and they will be one and done. I do not think this is the case. If they can get rid of the turnover bug and get back to their high powered offense that has gotten them this far then they should be in good shape.