By Julie Voigt //@JulieNoted_PFG
LA Chargers 30 – Indianapolis Colts 24 (OT)
Week one has come and gone for the Indianapolis Colts, and there is one thing for sure…Jacoby Brissett is the right man for the starting quarterback position. Brissett appeared to be in complete control as he went 21 of 27, leading the offense to 376 yards, no turnovers, with a 77.8 completion percentage.
On Sunday, the Colts went to Los Angeles to face the Chargers as the NFL season kicked off. And although they played a good Chargers team that is always a Super Bowl contender, the Colts hung on. Ultimately they were defeated in a 30-24 loss in OT.
This matchup was nothing less than entertaining. When the schedule was released, it was felt that this matchup was going to be tough, and that was when QB Andrew Luck was still the starter.
Defensively, this Colts unit did not look like the same top 10 defensive that we saw last season. They gave up some big plays, much of the middle field was left open, which gave the Chargers the opportunity to make big plays. Perhaps this is something that needs to be worked on in the coming week.
The Colts defense finished the game recording an impressive 4 sacks. The big defensive play in the game came from safety Malik Hooker as he picked off Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers with a beautiful one-handed catch in the end zone.
Another player that did not look the same from last season was Colts’ kicker Adam Vinatieri. Although he possibly was part of the issue by not being able to produce the seven points throughout the game. The last time we saw Vinatieri struggle was the 2018 AFC Divisional round game vs Kansas City.
Despite his struggles, there should not be anything to worry about quite yet. Perhaps Vinatieri is second-guessing himself, or maybe there is some type of struggle he is going through. Whatever the case may be, I believe we will continue to see the GOAT succeed in this season.
Offensively, from a couple of touchdown catches to wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, to a fantastic running game brought by running back Marlon Mack, Brissett and the offense looked very comfortable and well prepared for this tough matchup. Mack led the team in rushing with 25 carries for a career-high 174 yards. He also had a 63-yard touchdown run in the third quarter along with a 2 point conversion for the tie. Also, Hilton scored the first touchdown of the season showing he can connect well with Jacoby Brissett.
This loss is definitely a team loss. And with all the miscues that lead to this, one thing is clear: The Colts can only get better. But after the performance like the one Jacoby Brissett just showed us, while Luck will be missed, he isn’t needed. This was, once again, a very tough Chargers team to take on. And if he was given a chance in OT, I’m positive the outcome would have been much different. And as a fan, I am proud that this team hung in like they did.
It can only get better from here.
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