Last week: 9 (+2)
If the playoffs were to start today, Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts would travel to the Denver Broncos to play Peyton Manning, who through 8 games, has exactly the same amount of passing yards as his replacement Luck, 2404. The Colts are 4-1 in their last 5, since Chuck Pagano had to leave the team to undergo treatment for Leukemia, with that one loss coming against the Jets in a game in which they were understandably flat off a huge emotional win at home against the Packers in the first ChuckStrong game. This team is playing with purpose and for something greater themselves. Anyone who watched Chuck Pagano’s post-game speech can’t help but believe in this team.
On a less poignant, more concrete note, the Colts may be 5-3, but they still are -32 in points differential and have yet to win by more than a touchdown, going 5-1 in games decided by 7 points or fewer, something they can’t rely on going forward. However, their schedule is a joke from here on out, with games against Jacksonville, Kansas City, Tennessee, and Buffalo. If they win those, they’d just have to pull an upset against Detroit, New England or Houston, who they play twice (they could be resting starters week 17) to get to 10 wins. 9 might even do it in the AFC. They’re the favorite to be this year’s team that goes from 5 wins or fewer to the playoffs.
QB Andrew Luck: 30 of 48 for 433 yards, 1 batted pass, 1 hit as thrown, 4 drops, 106.9 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 21 of 50 drop backs (1 sack, 1 scramble, 13 of 19, 1 touchdown, 1 hit as thrown, 1 touchdown)
LG Joe Reitz: Didn’t allow a pressure on 54 pass block snaps, 1 penalty, run blocked for 14 yards on 3 attempts
WR Donnie Avery: Caught 5 passes for 108 yards on 7 attempts on 38 pass snaps, 6.0 YAC per catch
MLB Moise Fukou: Allowed 2 catches for 17 yards on 5 attempts, 5 solo tackles, 4 stops
SS Antoine Bethea: 1 solo tackles, 3 assists, 1 stop, didn’t allow a completion on 2 attempts
MLB Kavell Conner: Didn’t allow a completion on 1 attempt, 1 pass deflection, 5 solo tackles, 4 stops
RG Mike McGlynn: Allowed 5 quarterback hurries on 54 pass block snaps, run blocked for 17 yards on 4 attempts
RB Vick Ballard: Rushed for 60 yards (33 after contact) on 16 attempts, 3 broken tackles, 1 fumble, allowed 2 quarterback hurries on 15 pass block snaps, caught 3 passes for 38 yards on 6 attempts, 1 drop
CB Cassius Vaughn: Allowed 4 catches for 54 yards on 4 attempts, 2 penalties, 5 solo tackles, 1 assist
CB Jerraud Powers: Allowed 6 catches for 81 yards on 7 attempts, 1 pass deflection, 4 solo tackles, 2 missed tackles
FS Tom Zbikowski: 2 solo tackles, 1 assist, 2 missed tackles, allowed 2 catches for 27 yards on 2 attempts, 2 kickoff returns for 52 yards
LOLB Jerry Hughes: 1 quarterback hurry on 21 pass rush snaps, 1 assist
RE Fili Moala: 1 quarterback hurry on 25 pass rush snaps, 1 solo tackle, 1 assist