The Indianapolis Colts went into Allegiant Stadium and got their revenge against the Raiders from last year’s loss. Here’s how they did it.
Indianapolis finally commits to the run game
The red hot Indianapolis Colts finally committed to the run this week versus the Las Vegas Raiders. This was the perfect time to do it since Vegas has one of the worst defenses in the league against the run. Rookie Jonathan Taylor had the best game of his rookie year, rushing for 150 yards on 20 attempts with 2 rushing touchdowns. Nyheim Hines also rushed for 58 yards on just 7 attempts. The return of Anthony Castonzo helped this run game immensely. Hines and Taylor both averaged over 7 yards per carry and Vegas had no answer.
T.Y. Hilton has returned
As expected, T.Y. Hilton took care of business and is playing back up to his normal standards. Hilton had 5 receptions for 86 yards and scored 2 touchdowns. Hilton is a reliable receiver that makes clutch plays. If Hilton can play up to this standard the rest of the season, he and Michael Pittman Jr. will be a scary duo to watch. Improved quarterback play from Philip Rivers has made all the difference, as we finally got to see a signature T.Y. Hilton deep ball today. Hilton took advantage of the young Vegas secondary today and exploited their weaknesses. Watch out for Hilton to make his presence known in these last few games of the season.
The Colts defense held down the Raiders offense
The Colts defense made plays and shut down Derek Carr and the high-powered Raiders offense. Kenny Moore proved he is the best slot corner in the NFL today. He was making plays all over the field, along with an incredible one-handed interception over Darren Waller in the back of the endzone to save a touchdown. Although the Colts only held the Raiders to 27 points, they still need to make better decisions and play better in the first half. Playing against elite offenses such as the Kansas City Chiefs, the Colts cannot take advantage of the situation and only show up in the second half of games.
The Colts are in the homestretch of the season and have a favorable schedule. Their final 3 opponents are Houston, Pittsburgh, and Jacksonville. The best-case scenario for the Colts is to go 2-1 in this final stretch, but the way that the Colts are playing, they have the ability to go 3-0. The Colts proved today that when their offense is hot they can compete with anyone in the AFC.