Where do we even want to start with this one for the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3?
The Colts beat the New York Jets, 36-7, in Week 3 and dominated all aspects of the game. They forced three interceptions from Jets QB Sam Darnold (don’t blame him; he saw ghosts), two of which were returned for touchdowns. Jonathan Taylor rushed for another touchdown and averaged 4.5 yards per carry. Philip Rivers played turnover-free ball for the first time all season and the Colts moved to 2-1 on the season.
The Colts defense is currently ranked #1 in total yards allowed per game, #1 in passing yards per game, and #2 in points allowed per game.
The Week 1 defeat to the Jacksonville Jaguars may have been the best thing to happen to this Colts team, as it forced them to play to their identity early on in the season. Defense and running the football are what make up the core of Indianapolis, and both were on display in their Week 3 thrashing of the Jets.
After a game like this, I would have to actively be looking for things to complain. Luckily for you, it’s my job!
T.Y. Hilton played a more efficient game than he did in Weeks 1 and 2, catching all three of his targets for 52 yards. But, I need more. Hilton is known for his game-breaking speed and playmaking ability, and he hasn’t shown that yet this season. Although this game was over before halftime and there wasn’t a big need for him in this game, Hilton needs to get going.
With that said, I am not worried about Hilton at all. I have to nitpick, and Hilton seems to get most of my critiques lately. This is largely because I know how good he is, and just how vital he is to the Colts long-term success this season.
The real bad news from this game is the injury to Michael Pittman, Jr. Pittman suffered compartment leg syndrome in his calf, which required surgery almost immediately. Pittman should be okay, but is likely out until at least Week 8 after the Colts bye. Not the ideal way to start off your rookie season. Lucky for him and the Colts, it isn’t an injury that will hold him out the rest of the year.
Mo Alie-Cox played college basketball.
This really isn’t a WTF, but with over 100 yards receiving or a touchdown in back-to-back games, Mo Alie-Cox is starting to garner some big-time attention. With that big-time attention, I can guarantee you that, if you haven’t already heard that he played college basketball at VCU, you will hear about it soon. The NFL loves their former basketball players-turned-tight ends.
The Colts’ first primetime game is November 12th, against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football. Starting today, I am going to keep a log of how many times I hear that Mo Alie-Cox used to play basketball. Then, I will compare it to the broadcast that night to see if they can beat it. You know why? BECAUSE (again) THE NFL LOVES FORMER BASKETBALL PLAYERS-TURNED-TIGHT ENDS. The fact that he’s playing with Philip Rivers doesn’t help his case, either. Antonio Gates is one of the most famous football players who began with basketball, and the connection between Gates and Rivers is that which will be told, one day, in Canton, OH.
At the end of the day, in case you’ve already forgotten (and it bears repeating): Mo Alie-Cox played basketball in college.
But, in all seriousness, Alie-Cox has shown that he can be a force on the gridiron as well as the hardwood. Moving forward, you definitely want to know his name if you haven’t memorized it already.
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