Indianapolis Colts: Are They Real Contenders in the AFC?
The Indianapolis Colts trailed at halftime for the second consecutive week and this time it was against the Green Bay Packers. It was 28-14 at the time, but Indianapolis rallied and took down Green Bay 34-31 in overtime on a Rodrigo BlankenshipRodrigo BlankenshipRodrigo Blankenship 39-yard field goal.
The Colts were able to set themselves up in this position because Julian Blackmon forced a fumble on Marquez-Valdes Scantling. Indianapolis has one of the best rosters in the NFL and are they for real in the AFC?
They have been improving over the last couple of weeks and they always believe at winning the line of scrimmage. Frank Reich is a solid head coach and the Philadelphia Eagles wished he was still the offensive coordinator for Doug Pederson.
Matt Eberflus is the defensive coordinator and he does a really good at halftime adjustments. This team almost blew the game with several penalties in the fourth-quarter and almost didn’t get away with a potential Philip Rivers turnover, which could have cost them the game.
Rivers completed 24-of-36 passes for 288 yards three touchdowns and one interception.
This football team is about running the football as well. The running back room is the heartbeat and the heart and soul of this football team.
Jonathan Taylor rushed for 90 yards on 22 carries. He caught four passes for 24 yards receiving. Taylor is one of the best rookie running backs in the NFL and this is what Indianapolis fans were waiting for as well with him. He could be one of the best running backs in the NFL one day.
Jordan Wilkins rushed for 21 yards on four carries. He also caught one pass for 15 yards receiving. Wilkins is another talented running back for Reich’s bunch.
Nyheim Hynes has been the catalyst in the backfield for the Indianapolis Colts recently, but he was held in check with two yards rushing on six carries. Hynes also caught three passes for 31 yards receiving.
Michael Pittman Jr. caught three passes for 66 yards receiving and a touchdown. He has been very good at wide receiver during his rookie season for Indianapolis.
Trey Burton caught two passes for 25 yards receiving and a touchdown. He needs to be more involved in Indianapolis’s offense. Burton was with Reich in Philadelphia once before. He could be very dangerous if used correctly and his potential can be reached.
Quenton Nelson is the best offensive lineman in the game and this football team rarely gives up sacks.
Darius Leonard is the captain of the defense at the linebacker position and they are very dangerous on the defensive side of the ball.
This is one of the most untalked about teams in the NFL. They are currently the fourth seed in the AFC right now.
The Buffalo Bills (7-3), the Kansas City Chiefs (8-1), and the Pittsburgh Steelers (10-0) are all ahead of them in the standings.
Their are a lot of bright lights on this football team. General manager Chris Ballard deserves a lot of credit for building this football team from the ground up.
I don’t think this team is going to win the Super Bowl this season, but they could definitely win a playoff game or two if they make it to the postseason.
The Green Bay Packers (7-3) will take on the Chicago Bears (5-5) at home next Sunday night.
The Indianapolis Colts (7-3) will take on the Tennessee Titans (7-3) next Sunday in an AFC South showdown and Indianapolis just took down Tennessee 34-17 last Thursday night.
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