The Indianapolis Colts have struggled the last few games on the ground. After the first half of play in tonight’s Thursday Night Football contest against the Tennessee Titans, you would have thought they’d be on pace for their second straight loss.
However, in the second half, the running game and offensive line led the Colts to the 30-27 victory and improved them to 7-3. The team was sparked by Donald Brown‘s great performance going for 80 yards and two touchdowns on only 14 carries. He scored a touchdown on the opening second half drive, then sealed the victory with a fourth quarter score, putting the Colts up 10 with just over three minutes to go in the game.
Indianapolis looked like a complete different team in the second half, as the line was getting hats on hat blocking giving Brown, Andrew Luck and Trent Richardson holes to run through to keep drives alive.
Luck had 31 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, while Richardson had 22 yards on eight carries. Mixed with fullback Stanley Havili, the team had 137 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries. It was a phenomenal 4.3 yards per carry average, which helped the Colts prevail to a three game lead in the AFC South.
Now, Indianapolis is in the driver’s seat to win the division, as all they have to do is win the rematch with the Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium on Dec. 1 and it’s all theirs; they can thank the running game in the second half for that. If they can keep that kind of football up, they can be a threat in the post season.
Eric Smith is the Lead Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the past four seasons and is recognized as an accredited member of the team by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru