by: SETH HALL
With the Colts struggling this season on the offensive line, Andrew luck has been getting licked a handful of times by the big and bad defense of linemen. These struggling Colts had to go into a tough environment in Tennessee and fight out a tough game with their division rival. With the Colts, 2-4, and the Titans, 3-3, this was a huge game for the Colts to get one game closer to first place in their division, and this is the time to execute.
Andrew Luck and the Colts were having a tough go around in the first quarter with only scoring 7 points with a great pass to connect with Frank Gore in the back of the end zone late in the first. With a 7-6 lead going into the second quarter, the Colts were looking to take advantage of the lead going into halftime. With trying to add to their lead, they needed the defense to step up and hold them to a low scoring quarter, and that is what they got. With the defense holding the Titans to 7 in the second quarter, they gave Andrew Luck his time to shine and give them a greater cushion. With connecting with T.Y. Hilton, The Ghost, in the back of the end zone again and a 28 yard field goal from Vinatieri, the Colts led 17-13 at the half.
Going into the third the Colts had the momentum going their way, and they were ready to take advantage of that momentum. The defense of the Colts were extremely to throw and run on all day, and in the third the Titans had no response to their defense and was held to 0 points. With great defense displayed, the Colts did not have to rush anything on offense and played it extra safe and scored 3 points off of another field goal from Vinatieri from 33 yards out to give the Colts a 20-13 lead going into the fourth.
Early in the fourth was a struggle; the Colts to get any offense going, and the defense was struggling as well. Allowing Mariota and Murray drive down the field to end up getting a 7 yard pass to Delanie Walker to tie it all up at 20. The Titans were not done, driving down the field again to get a 48 yard field goal from Succop to go right through the uprights. Yet, with the best comeback quarterback in the league with 13 comebacks in 5 seasons, he was ready to do some work again. Driving down the field to find Jack Doyle in the back of the end zone again to give the Colts back the lead at 27-23, then the defense did the rest. Robert Mathis bullied his way through the defense of line and hit the Mariota in the arm to force the ball out and pick it up to end up 34 yards later in the end zone. With that, the Colts were ready to celebrate.
With getting the big win in hostile territory, the Colts are looking to keep a little winning streak going with a couple more wins to get up there in the standings to fight for a spot later in the season. The Colts might have finally figured things out this year, and they are ready to ride it out.