The Colts picked up their third win of the season against the Raiders in Oakland, 42-28. This game was a back and forth battle for the first three quarters, with both defenses failing to come up with a stop. However, the Colts dominated the fourth quarter, blanking the Raiders and putting up 21 points in the period. It started with a Jack Doyle touchdown and on the next drive, Darius Leonard forced a fumble, essentially sealing the game.

Darius Leonard continues to dominate the football field in his rookie season. In this game, he recorded nine tackles, a QB hit, and a huge forced fumble. His tomahawk chop forcing Doug Martin to fumble turned the tide of the game. On a defense devoid of talent, he has been a game changer. The Colt defense didn’t impress much outside of Leonard. Derek Carr threw for 244 yards and three touchdowns and Martin added 72 on the ground. No sacks, no tackles for loss, and no picks isn’t usually a reliable formula.

Andrew Luck had another solid performance, completing 22 of 31 passes for 239 yards and three touchdowns. He had a few missed throws but was on target for most of the game. The tight ends dominated this game, with Jack Doyle, Eric Ebron, and Mo Alie-Cox all scoring touchdowns. In his first game since week two, Doyle added 70 yards on six catches and Alie-Cox made a ridiculous one-handed touchdown grab.

Dontrelle Inman was the only receiver who consistently produced, racking up six catches on 52 yards.

Marlon Mack had his third straight dominant performance, toting the rock 25 times for 132 yards and two touchdowns. Mack has rushed for 100 yards in back to back games, the first Colt to do so since 2007. Nyheim Hines was excellent as a change of pace back, rushing for 78 yards. The offensive line run blocked very well and still hasn’t given up a sack since the New England game. The Colts need to clean up the penalties, as they committed 10 penalties for 77 yards.

Adam Vinatieri passed Morten Anderson on the all-time points list and is now the NFL’s all-time points leader.

Sitting at 3-5, the Colts sit tied with the Jaguars and a half game behind the Titans. Playing the second easiest remaining schedule in the NFL, playoffs aren’t out of the question for the Colts. Heading into the bye, this defense needs to get right. Their next matchup comes at home against the Jaguars in week 10.

Ben Pfeifer is the Managing Editor of the Colts for Full Press Coverage, the AFC South Division Editor, and head NBA editor. Want to continue the discussion? Contact Ben Pfeifer on Twitter @Ben_Pfeifer_, @FPC_NBA and @FPC_Colts.

 

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