Let me start by saying that, with the holidays upon us, I committed the unthinkable: I missed the first 17 points scored by the Indianapolis Colts today. But I think I got the gist of it from the rest of the game.
T.Y. Hilton had a career day with 11 catches for 155 yards. (Photo credit: Colts.com)
It was an all around great performance by the Colts coinciding with an all around bad performance by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Andrew Luck completed 70% of his passes for 282 yards and 1 touchdown. 11 of those passes went for 155 yards to T.Y. Hilton.
Both those stat lines are excellent.
Griff Whalen also looked solid today making some tough grabs on his way to 4 receptions 32 yards and a touchdown.
One of my few complaints would be the decision to start Hugh Thornton and Jeff Linkenbach at each guard position.
Linkenbach has notably been a mediocre at best starter since the beginning of his career. While, Thornton has had a less than stellar rookie season.
Xavier Nixon and Joe Reitz have proven themselves as adequate to good starters in 2013, and I hope to see them in the starting lineup alongside center Mike Mcglynn, come playoff time.
The defense played great, they essentially gave up 3 points, Jaguars got a garbage time touchdown late, and Robert Mathis added 2 sacks to his total.
Robert Mathis increased his season total to 19.5 sacks with 2 on the day (Photo credit: Colts.com)
Mathis now has 19.5 sacks on the year and has made a strong case for defensive player of the year.
I really like what I’ve seen from the Colts at the end of the season and I really expect them to make some noise in the post-season.
They should definitely win their wild card matchup and put up a good fight in the division round, potentially coming out victorious.
Speaking of playoff seeding: the Colts are no longer in contention for the 2nd seed with the Baltimore Ravens failing to take advantage of the Cincinnati Bengals’ Andy Dalton throwing 4 interceptions today.
However, the 3rd seed is still a possibility. It will require a Buffalo Bills win over the New England Patriots. That game is going on at the moment.
Honestly, the wild card matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs may be more favorable but a 3rd seed could potentially come into play down the road.
We’ll just have to wait to see what happens. Go Colts!