Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/29/12
This week we saw a Colts team rally in the closing minutes of the fourth to push a divisional game to overtime, and witnessed Jacksonville compete in what could easily have been the second divisional upset of Green Bay this season. Colts Don’t Flinch In The Clutch The Colts won the overtime coin toss, and elected to receive.After a deep Rob Bironas kick and touchback, the Colts would take over possession at the 20-yard-line.Donald Brown, who had received only eight carries in regulation, showed the value of fresh legs. Brown carried the ball on six consecutive plays. With gains of 4, 19, 9, 5, 5 and a loss of 3, Brown escorted the Colts to the Tennessee 36-yard-line.Andrew Luck then found Reggie Wayne for a 20-yard completion over the top.On the ensuing first down, Vick Ballard took a carry for no gain at the Tennessee 16-yard line.The next play began with Luck rolling out to the right of the pocket. After dropping back nearly 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage Luck whipped around and completed a throwback screen-pass to Ballard. Ballard caught the ball at the 22-yard-line (thrown just inches past the hands of a pursuing Tennessee defender) and ran to the six-yard line.Ballard then emerged from a phone booth dressed in tights and a cape, and took flight. He covered six yards in the air, while doing a full 180 degree rotation, and taking the pylon out with top of his helmet before landing.In what was easily the biggest play of the day (perhaps the season) Vick Ballard gave the Colts their first road win of the season. Running Back Role-ReversalThough Chris Johnson gained 99 yards on 21 carries this week, I’m going to say that the Colts were successful in stopping him. This is the same guy that put up 195 yards a week ago, and the Colts have struggled against other premier backs this season.The Colts’ tandem of Donald Brown and Vick Ballard gained a combined total of 135 yards in the second consecutive strong performance by the Colts’ running backs.While Johnson averaged 4.7 yards per attempt, the Colts running backs averaged 5.2.I have to think that very few people expected the Colts would out gain the Titans on the ground, let alone carry a higher average YPA.  The offensive line for the Colts has been an anomaly over the last two weeks. I see a running game that seems to gradually improve, while also watching Luck spend most of his day escaping pressure outside of the pocket.The running game has been impressive, but it has also been against the Browns and the Titans. The Dolphins will provide a much more aggressive defensive unit in week 9. We will see just how strong the O-line is. They hold the success of this young team in their large, heavily-taped, manly hands.  As for the Titan’s offensive lineman, they allowed two sacks of Hasselbeck on the day. You know about Johnson’s performance, but they too could have performed at a higher level. They were slightly banged up today, but should be back at full health in week 9… and they’ll need it against the feisty Bears’ defense.   Jacksonville Just Misses Out On The Upset The Jaguars came into this matchup with the Green Bay Packers without running back Maurice Jones-Drew. Blaine Gabbert was nursing an injured shoulder. I’m going to be honest; I did not think they stood the slightest of a chance against the Packers.The Pack was pretty banged up too, however, and allowed the Jaguars to hang around until late in the fourth.The Jaguars scored first with a Scobee field goal. The Packers went on to score 14 points, one touchdown from Mr. Aaron Rodgers, and one from a blocked punt recovery in the end zone. The jaguars would come back with 10 points of their own in the second quarter.Going into halftime the Jaguars trailed by just two points.Neither team was able to score in the third quarter. The fourth was all Green Bay, as Donald Driver reeled in a four-yard pass to put the Packers ahead, and seal the deal.Blaine Gabbert was impressive in this game, throwing for 303 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. He threw a season-high 49 times, completing 27 of those.Rashad Jennings was impressive as well. He rushed for 59 yards, and hauled in six receptions for 56 yards. Jennings has accounted for at least 100 all-purpose yards in each of his games filling in for Jones-Drew.How About Houston?Reports out of Houston are all positive over the first half of the bye week.Some headlines out of Houston this week include:-          Whitney Mercilus Gets Sack, Expects more-          Texans Focus On Special teams In Final Practice Before Bye-          Texans using bye To Evaluate Offensive Line RotationsHead coach Gary Kubiak said that Mercilus has looked extremely confident in practice up to the bye week. After recording his first career sack against  Baltimore, the rookie looks primed to continue his success.Special teams have been the biggest concern for the Texans up to this point in the season. The coaching staff has acknowledged this problem, and spent additional time in practice on putting together a strong special teams unit.The Offensive line, obviously intricate to Houston maintaining the team’s strong run game, has been moved around quite a bit this season. Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison is working to get a unit together that will remain together through the second half of the season.(AFC RANK) Divisional Standings (Record) [Next Opponent](1st) 1. Houston (6-1-0) [vs. Buffalo](6th) 2. Indianapolis (4-3-0) [vs. Miami](13th) 3. Tennessee (3-5-0) [vs. Chicago](15th) 4. Jacksonville (1-6-0) [vs. Detroit] 
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