NFL world reacts to Bills’ win over Colts in 2021 Super Wild Card Weekend opener

Originally posted on Sportsnaut | By Matt Fitzgerald | Last updated 1/9/21

The Bills defeated the Indianapolis Colts 27-24 to kick off the NFL’s Super Wild Card Weekend on Saturday, marking Buffalo’s first postseason victory since the 1995 season.

Think about it: Three years after that, the Colts drafted Peyton Manning No. 1 overall and came to expect Super Bowl contention every year. Now, the Bills have a legitimate superstar at quarterback in Josh Allen, who outdueled gusty veteran Philip Rivers to push Buffalo to the AFC divisional round.

Much of the pressure was on Buffalo to get the job done, given its lengthy playoff drought and status as a heavy favorite against the Colts, who were the seventh and final playoff seed in the conference.

The Colts could’ve taken a field goal late in the first half, but opted to go for it on a key fourth down deep in Buffalo territory, only to come up short.

Allen went 26-of-35 passing for 325 yards and two touchdowns, including a beauty in the fourth quarter to Stefon Diggs that put the Bills up 24-10:

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Colts enter Super Bowl conversation with thrashing of Titans on ‘TNF’

Originally posted on Sportsnaut | By Vincent Frank | Last updated 11/12/20

Philip Rivers and the Indianapolis Colts were looking to make a major statement to open Week 10 on “Thursday Night Football” against the first-place Tennessee Titans.

Indianapolis was coming off a 24-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens and stood at 5-3. The Titans were a game ahead of Indy in the AFC South.

What we saw Thursday in Nashville was rather stunning. After seeing Tennessee take a 17-10 lead, the Colts ran off 24 consecutive points. That included a blocked punt for a touchdown and an impressive drive by a quarterback in Rivers who had struggled to an extent in his first season with the Colts.

By virtue of their 34-17 win on Thursday night, the Indianapolis Colts sit at 6-3 on the season. They also now have to be taken seriously as a Super Bowl contender. Here’s why.

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Colts announce several positive COVID-19 tests

By Erin Walsh | Last updated 10/16/20

The NFL has been hit pretty hard by the coronavirus over the last two weeks, and the Indianapolis Colts now are feeling the effects of the virus that has swept the league. 

Indianapolis announced Friday that several members of their organization tested positive for COVID-19. They did not reveal a specific number. 

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Report: Colts fear Marlon Mack tore Achilles vs. Jaguars

By Erin Walsh | Last updated 9/13/20

The Indianapolis Colts will be in trouble if Marlon Mack misses the remainder of the season. 

Mack suffered an ankle injury during the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars and was carted off the field. The running back caught a pass from Philip Rivers and immediately fell to the ground clutching his ankle. He was carted off the field with help from the training staff and was ruled out for the remainder of the game. 

According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and Mike Garafolo, the Colts now fear that Mack tore his Achilles tendon. 

Mack had taken just four carries for 26 yards while catching all three of his targets for 30 yards.

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The AFC South Is so Horrible Jacksonville Is Probably Going to Make the Playoffs

Written by Dan Levy at The Comeback

The AFC South is terrible. Horrible. It’s a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad division. The Indianapolis Colts are in first place with a 6-7 record, solely based on the fact that three of those six victories have come from within the division. The division, mind you, that has a collective 20-32 record with a total net points of, and this is not a typo, -217 on the season.

The Colts, after Sunday’s disastrous loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, have a -81 net points and are still winning the division.

There are only three teams in football—San Francisco (-127), Cleveland (-117) and San Diego (-84)—with a lower point differential than the team in first place in the AFC South. Writers and fans have mocked the NFC East all season long for how terrible that division is, and even that division has a better record and higher net points than the AFC South.

The Houston Texans had a chance to take hold of the division with a win over the New England Patriots on Sunday night, but failed to keep pace with Tom Brady and the Pats, falling 27-6 at home in prime time. As if anyone expected a victory.

The Texans have one of the best receivers in the game this year in DeAndre Hopkins, and J.J. Watt is still widely recognized as the best player on the defensive side of the ball in the sport (note: Khalil Mack is on line two), but Houston doesn’t have much else. They certainly don’t have a quarterback.

Speaking of quarterbacks, the Colts could get better once Andrew Luck returns from a lacerated kidney. They could (really, they could), but the chances of Indianapolis even having meaningful games left to play by the time he comes back are dwindling. This is a headline on the Colts’ website on Monday: Injuries To Andrew Luck, Matt Hasselbeck Complicate Availability For Colts Quarterbacks

Here’s the first line. Read this. Read it twice if you have to.

In the Colts most important game of the 2015 season, Charlie Whitehurst could be the starting quarterback.

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Colts Donte Moncrief’s Stock Should Rise Under Chudzinski

Written by Kelsey Smelser at Punch Drunk Wonderland

The 2015 Indianapolis Colts have been a mess. I’ve never seen a team swing so steadily from preseason Super Bowl pick to clumsy bottom dwellers. Yesterday’s firing of Pep Hamilton is likely the first in a number of changes in a volatile situation in Indianapolis. Everyone is accountable. Players. Coaches. GM. Someone had to bite it, and Pep drew the short straw. Now Assistant Head Coach (and Pagano confidant) Rob Chudzynski has stepped into the role of Offensive Coordinator. What does that mean for this struggling Colts team? Right away, probably not much. There probably isn’t enough time to shake things up too much before the Week 9 game versus Denver, but things could be changing after Indy’s Week 10 bye. And, one thing that could be changing is Donte Moncrief’s breakout potential.

Chudzinski has a solid resume when it comes to finding success in an offense. With the Carolina Panthers he ushered Cam Newton into the league and the result was Newton becoming the first rookie to throw for over 4,000 yards in a season and have the most total touchdowns by a rookie in a season. And, don’t think it was easy. Chud is a tough couch who made his young signal caller in Carolina work. He and Cam butted heads plenty. Additionally, Chud produced a 2011 Carolina offense that became the first in NFL history to have three players rush for over 700 yards. He also found significant offensive success during his time as Offensive Coordinator in Cleveland. He’s particularly known for building strong running games and for making excellent use of the X receiver. Chud comes from the Don Coryell school of offense and the “Air Coryell” system is certainly something he’s made use of in the past. Stretching the field and taking advantage of size mismatches and one-on-one scenarios with larger receivers has been a noted identifier in some of his systems of old. Think Braylon Edwards in Cleveland. During Chud’s time as Offensive Coordinator in Cleveland Edwards was a prototypical big bodied and athletic X receiver and Chud used him well. He was targeted 292 times while pulling in 135 receptions for 2,162 yards and 19 touchdowns in two seasons.

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