Colts’ Step Up Your Game: vs Arizona Cardinals Recap

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Sep 17, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett (7) breaks a tackle against Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Markus Golden (44) in the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 17, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett (7) breaks a tackle against Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Markus Golden (44) in the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Colts fought hard in a 16-12 loss to the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday in Indianapolis, but everyone saw the massive improvement from the 46-9 loss in Los Angeles to the Rams. The first individual player I said needed to improve was T.Y. Hilton who had fumbled week 1. Against the Cardinals, Hilton didn’t fumble and had four receptions for 49 yards which I would say is a major improvement. The next player I said would need to improve was Adam Vinatieri who missed two field goals in Los Angeles and was able to bounce back and score seven points by himself and making all his attempts, two being field goals and the other being an extra point. The last player I said would need to step up was Jacoby Brissett who did just that passing for 216 yards and going 20/37 in his completion/attempt ratio.

As for entire position groups the first group was the offensive line who allowed four sacks against the Rams. Against the Cardinals the O-line once again allowed four sacks. In Los Angeles, the Colts’ O-line only allowed Scott Tolzien to pass for 128 compadres to Brissett’s 216 yards which is a 88 yard difference and a major improvement.

The Colts’ defensive backs, Corners and Safteies, were the last position group who allowed the Rams quarterbacl Jared Goff to pass for 310 yards and expose multiple of the Colts blown coverages. Against the Cardinals, the group had seven pass deflections compared to the zero they had last week. Rookie corner Nate Hairston has a sack, and first round draft pick Malik Hooker got his first career interception, and together the defensive backs had 28 tackles while in Los Angeles they had 30 which is at the fault of the Colts sloppy offense as they couldn’t score till the 4th quarter. Second round draft pick Quincy Wilson also had a great game breaking up multiple passes and giving Hooker the interception after a great coverage on the Cardinals wide receiver. Wilson almost had an interception of his own if he had tracked the ball slightly better and got his hands on it.


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