Here are my takeaways:
WHAT WENT RIGHT
There was a lot of good coming out of this game for the Colts, as they fulfilled every single one of my points leading into this week.
Time of possession was the most important factor for the Colts to get a win this week. After running 66 plays compared the Vikings’ 44 plays, and holding the ball for a total of 38 minutes and 25 seconds, you can say they succeeded in working the clock.
Controlling the line of scrimmage was the next-most important path to victory. The Colts rushed for over 150 yards and the defense recorded three sacks — if that isn’t controlling the line of scrimmage, I don’t know what is.
My final point, entering this week, was to avoid having Philip Rivers throw the ball 46 times. Even throwing close to 35 times would likely spell defeat for the Colts. Lucky for the Colts, it seems as if they read my preview before the game started! Philip Rivers threw the ball only 25 times, completing 19 of those attempts. In comparison, the Colts ran the ball 40 times. This is winning football for the Colts, and if they keep it up, we will start to see the wins mount.
WHAT WENT WRONG
The T.Y. Hilton-Philip Rivers connection. All training camp, the noise coming out was that Hilton and Rivers were on the same page. They had been connecting for multiple long touchdowns in practice and were ready for the season. Heading into Week 3, Hilton has recorded only 82 yards on seven through two games, with almost as many drops, including a terrible near-touchdown against the Vikings in Week 2. The Colts need T.Y. Hilton to get back on track if they’re going to be a serious contender this year. Luckily for him, he gets to play the winless New York Jets next week, and they may be just what the doctor ordered.
Parris Campbell‘s injury. After being carted-off early in the first quarter, the Colts received the relatively good news that Parris Campbell did not tear his ACL. The bad news, however, is that he did not return to the game and has an MRI scheduled to determine the extent of the injury. The best-case scenario is that Campbell is out for a few weeks and is able to return soon. However, the worst is that he could potentially be out for the season after an exciting Week 1 performance.
The WTF of the week is brought to you by angry and confused Nyheim Hines fantasy owners. In Week 1, the Colts gave Hines 15 touches, which he turned into a combined 73 yards and two touchdowns. Fantasy players hit the waiver wire, excited to pick up Hines after a productive Week 1, and an unfortunate injury to Marlon Mack left the door open for more touches moving forward. Then, Week 2 came, and Hines watched as Jonathan Taylor and Jordan Wilkins combined for 35 carries. Hines, himself, didn’t receive a single carry and only touched the ball once for four yards. This section was created for players like Nyheim Hines, as fantasy managers looked at their phones all day long, screaming “WTF” at the screen, seeing Hines getting absolutely no carries throughout the game.
Wrap it Up:
The Indianapolis Colts did what was necessary to get a win and move to 1-1 on the season after physically dominating the Minnesota Vikings en-route to a 28-11 victory. Looking ahead, the Colts get the winless New York Jets in Week 3, who currently look to be in the running for the first-overall pick. If the Colts can match what they did this week, all season, it will be a fun one — but it all depends which Colts show up on any given Sunday.
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