Houston is T.Y. Hilton’s second home

Julie Voigt, Indianapolis Colts Reporter

By Julie Voigt // @JulieNoted_NFL  

Colts 24 – Texans 21

“This is my second home.” Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton tells the media after a victory over the AFC South Division leading Houston Texans.  And course, what a game performance from Hilton!

For the seventh straight season, Hilton has at least 800 receiving yards, making this the longest active streak in the NFL.  Also, Hilton broke a tie with former Colts’ WR and Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison for the most 150 yard receiving games in the Colts’ franchise history.  

On Sunday vs the Texans, Hilton caught 9 of 12 targets for 199 yards.  “He’s a baller, man. He’s a baller. It’s always an honor to play with.” Colts QB Andrew Luck tells Colts.com reporter Jake Arthur. “We all know T.Y.’s a tough guy.  Sometimes the best packages come in small sizes.”

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For the Colts, tough defense leads to a tough loss

Julie Voigt, Indianapolis Colts Reporter

By Julie Voigt //@JulieNoted_NFL

Jacksonville Jaguars 6 – Indianapolis Colts 0

 

After Sunday’s AFC South Divisional loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the jury is out on if the Indianapolis Colts can actually make a wild card playoff appearance. Although there are still 4 games left in the regular season, chances now appear to be diminishing.  

On Sunday’s matchup, it appeared to be the Battle the Defenses as the Colts only allowed the Jaguars 211 total yards. (132 passing and 79 rushing).

Defensive end Denico Autry led with seven solo tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles, and four quarterback hits.  Autry has become one of the first Colts’ to pick up three sacks since defensive end Robert Mathis in 2013. Although Indianapolis did not get their needed divisional victory, the defensive line kept Jaguars backup quarterback Cody Kessler and company from the end zone and forcing two field goals. 

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Are the Colts headed in the right direction for a playoff spot?

Julie Voigt, Indianapolis Colts Reporter

By Julie Voigt // @JulieNoted_NFL

Colts 27 – Dolphins 24

Playoffs? (In my Jim Mora voice)

Yes indeed, who would have even guessed that this Indianapolis team that started off the season with a rocky 1-5 start would go on with a 5 game winning streak, a great offensive line and unbelievable defensive rookies making a name for themselves?

The Indianapolis Colts are sure making headlines in more than one way after defeating the Miami Dolphins at home in a nail-biting, and at times ugly 27-24 win.  Although the sackless streak for Colts’ quarterback Andrew Luck ended, Luck is still making history.  

In 8 straight games, he has thrown at least 3 touchdown passes; that ties him with former Colts QB Peyton Manning.  If he keeps this up, he will pass Tom Brady, who did it for 10 games in a row.  Now, not only is Luck being talked about as becoming this season’s Comeback Player of the Year, but you can also hear the rumblings of MVP talks. Continue reading “Are the Colts headed in the right direction for a playoff spot?”

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Colts Ring of Honor Inductee Reggie Wayne

Julie Voigt, Indianapolis Colts Reporter

By Julie Voigt // @JulieNoted_NFL

March 2015.

News had traveled fast regarding the release of Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne.  And at that time, I had so many emotions. Knowing that he wanted to play for at least one more year, but didn’t want to see him play against us.

Something was just not right about this. Then, when the news broke that Reggie has signed on with the New England Patriots, more mixed emotions came upon me.

This was not right. I was happy when he didn’t continue with the Patriots, but something still didn’t feel right.  Colts Nation could never get that last chance to chant his name in “Reggie’s Corner.”

Until Sunday.

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The agony of defeat: Titans lose to the Colts 38-10

Karen Christensen, Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen // @ksc47

Colts 38 – Titans 10

The thrill of victory from last week’s win is totally forgotten after this bomb of a game by Tennessee.

The Titans started out slow and only showed any signs of life at the end of the fourth quarter. That’s when wide receiver Tajae Sharpe got the only Tennessee touchdown of the game with 1:49 left to play.  

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota never looked confident in this game, and in fact, he threw several interceptions in the first half and was sacked four times. Mariota ended up having to leave by end of the first half with what ended up being a right elbow injury.  

On the other hand, the Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was not sacked at all this game, in fact, was not even hit by the Titans.

The score at halftime was Colts 24, Titans 3. The Titans only score was a field goal by kicker Ryan Succop during the first quarter.

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Indianapolis’s offensive line leads the way for the Colts

Julie Voigt, Indianapolis Colts Reporter

By Julie Voigt  //@JulieNoted_NFL

Indianapolis Colts 29 – Jacksonville Jaguars 26

About this time last year, Indianapolis had a problem when playing Jacksonville.  In fact, Jacksonville earned the name “Sacksonville” while recording 10 sacks on second stringer QB Jacoby Brissett. 

Brissett was filling in for a very injured QB Andrew Luck of the Colts and not allowing one win. And with that, the Jaguars proceeded to win the AFC South and started off this season as a favorite to take over and potentially become a contender.  But the AFC South has been very unpredictable this season.

This past Sunday in Indianapolis, the Colts matched up with the Jaguars in a must-win divisional game.  The Colts pulled off a victory over the Jaguars 29-26 and extended their win streak to three.  Jacksonville, on the other hand, has a six-game losing streak going.

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Indianapolis Colts struggle on offense in week 3

Ana Krasuski Indianapolis Colts Reporter

By Ana Krasuski // @ana_krasuski

Philadelphia Eagles 20 – Indianapolis Colts 16

The Indianapolis Colts were unable to pull off a victory against the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday in a 20-16 loss to put their record at 1-2. 

Though the loss was only by four points, the Colts seemed to have regressed, especially offensively. They showed little efficiency on third down and committed 11 penalties for 77 yards. It was sloppy, uninspired football.

The Colts’ leading rusher was quarterback Andrew Luck, with 33 yards. It was known that the Colts run game would be by committee this season, but that was obviously not working on Sunday. The next highest rusher was RB Jordan Wilkins, who had 6 carries for just 19 yards.

Perhaps the only silver lining in this team’s performance was the secondary, specifically linebackers Margus Hunt and Darius Leonard, made things difficult for Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia offense. 

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Colts look to improve performance in third preseason game

Official Colts Reporter

By Ana Krasuski // @ana_krasuski

The Indianapolis Colts will host the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday at 4:30 pm ET at Lucas Oil Stadium on Fox.

After a sloppy performance in Monday night’s preseason game against Baltimore, the Colts must improve upon the lazy, uninspired football they’ve been playing.

The third preseason game traditionally features more playing time for the starters, which gives Indy the best opportunity for improvement against the 49ers.

Several Colts players will be returning for this third preseason showcase.

Colts safety Malik Hooker will be returning from a ten-month absence after suffering a season-ending knee injury against Jacksonville last October.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Hooker told reporters earlier this week. “For me finally get out there and get cleared to be able to go out there and play Saturday, it’s a great feeling.”

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Indianapolis Colts struggle in preseason game against the Ravens

By Ana Krasuski // @ana_krasuski

The Indianapolis Colts showed considerable preseason growing pains in their hometown debut against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night. It’s more evident than ever that Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is on a long road to recovery after missing over a year on the field. Unfortunately, the situation is more urgent than ever as the regular season is just around the corner.

Luck appeared in Monday night’s game for just five series, going 6-for-13 for 50 yards, along with a pair of sacks and a red zone interception. “I didn’t feel like we as an offense got into any semblance of a sustained rhythm,” Luck told the Indy Star. “I think we were just sloppy a little bit.”

Head coach Frank Reich has been thrilled with the Colts’ progress in training camp, but has utilized a more simplified offensive scheme in the first two preseason games, reserving the Colts’ best plays for the regular season and a well-adjusted team.

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Don’t Be Down On Luck Yet

Ana Krasuski Official Colts Reporter

By Ana Krasuski // @ana_krasuski

Colts fans can’t remember an offseason with this much importance.

The Indianapolis Colts were named one of the league’s six most improved teams of 2018 by ESPN’s Bill Barnwell- not surprising after the last couple of seasons the Colts have had. Quarterback Andrew Luck has returned after two long awaited years on injury reserve and has been practicing with the team in training camp.

Head coach Frank Reich told Sports Illustrated,“Some of the progressions we’ve worked through, his command of the offense, to me those are things you watch. After one day of watching him in the huddle I was like, ‘O.K., we’re good, we’re gonna be alright.’ ”
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