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.
In Week 12, although there were some early issues both offensively and defensively, things came together in the fourth quarter. Luck was able to lead his team to victory, giving him the nickname, “The Comeback Kid.”
Of course, Luck had a little help from wide receivers T.Y Hilton, and Chester Rodgers and tight end Eric Ebron, who had two of Luck’s touchdown passes. With that, though, came some bad news as running back Marlon Mack ended up in concussion protocol and TE Jack Doyle suffered a season-ending kidney injury.
Defensively, rookie linebacker Darius Leonard outshines as he now has a team-best 10 tackles, 9 sacks, one tackle for loss and one quarterback hit. He now has 114 combined tackles, six sacks, seven quarterback hits, four forced fumbles, one interception and two fumble recoveries in just this season. Even though Leonard is shining, the defense as a whole still has some work to be done, but it seems like everything can only get better from here.
With the Tennessee Titans losing to the Houston Texans in a Monday Night matchup, this puts the Colts, who are over .500, nicely in second place in the AFC South. And with both Miami and Cincinnati losing, Indianapolis is tied for the sixth postseason spot with the Baltimore Ravens.
This Sunday, the Colts will head to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars. The Jaguars just fired offensive coordinator, Nathaniel Hackett, also benched their starting quarterback Blake Bortles. To add insult to injury, RB Leonard Fournette will have to sit out as he is suspended one game after being ejected for fighting in his last game vs Buffalo. Although Jacksonville sits on the bottom of the AFC South, this game is still important for the Colts.
It’s time to believe our eyes and realize that this team is competitive, and a playoff spot can come into focus.
Can things continue to fall in to place?
Yes, they can.
It feels so good to actually be excited to watch @Colts football on Sundays again. They’re back baby!!
— Charon Vonberg (@CharonVonberg) November 28, 2018
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