Luck’s Late TD to Doyle Enough as Colts Top Titans 34-26

Indianapolis Colts v Tennessee Titans

Andrew Luck threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jack Doyle with 1:55 left to put Indianapolis ahead to stay, and the Colts rallied to beat the Titans 34-26 Sunday for their 10th straight win against their AFC South rival.

The Colts (3-4) came in having lost two of three, including blowing a 14-point lead in an overtime loss last week at Houston. But Luck has never lost to Tennessee, and he improved to 8-0 against the Titans with yet another comeback win. He finished with 353 yards passing and three TDs, the last after Tennessee went up 23-20.

T.Y. Hilton caught seven passes for 133 yards, including a 37-yard TD . The Colts shook off 12 penalties for 131 yards in pulling out their 15th win in 16 games against Tennessee.

The Titans (3-4) saw their two-game winning streak end.

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Colts at Titans NFL Week Seven Inactives

Colts: WR Phillip Dorsett, WR Donte Moncrief, TE Dwayne Allen, OG Jack Mewhort, Jack Mewhort, LB Curt Maggitt, DL Zach Kerr, DE Henry Anderson

Titans:
TE Jace Amaro, LB Aaron Wallace, CB Cody Riggs, DB Curtis Riley, G Sebastian Tretola, WR Harry Douglas, DL Austin Johnson

Colts vs Titans NFL Week Seven Capsule

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (2-4) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (3-3)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  COLTS TITANS
SERIES LEADER 29-13  
STREAKS 14 of past 15  
COACHES VS. OPP. Chuck Pagano: 8-0 Mike Mularkey: 1-3
LAST WEEK L 26-23 (OT) at Houston W 28-26 vs Cleveland
LAST GAME 1/3/16: Titans 24 at Colts 30. Indianapolis QBs Ryan Lindley and Josh Freeman combine for 207 yards & 2 TDs. Colts LB Jerrell Freeman records 23-yard INT-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/27/15: Colts 35, Titans 33. Indianapolis RB Frank Gore rushes for 86 yards & 2 TDs. Colts S Dwight Lowery records 2 INTs, including 69-yard INT-TD.
REFEREE Jerome Boger
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS: 121 (Ind), 145 (Ten). XM: 382 (Ind), 227 (Ten).

STATS

PASSING Andrew Luck: 152-237-1721-11-4-94.2 Marcus Mariota: 117-189-1372-10-6-88.3
RUSHING Frank Gore: 100-434-4.3-2 DeMarco Murray: 114-526-4.6-4
RECEIVING T.Y. Hilton: 38-556-14.6-3 DeMarco Murray (RB): 24-172-7.2-2
OFFENSE 364.2 366.2
TAKE/GIVE 0 -3
DEFENSE 411.2 324.0
SACKS Erik Walden: 4 Brian Orakpo: 7 (3L)
INTs Darius Butler, Vontae Davis: 1 Perrish Cox, Jason McCourty: 2
PUNTING Pat McAfee: 50.4 (2L) Brett Kern: 46.2
KICKING Adam Vinatieri: 62 (1L) (14/14 PAT; 16/16 FG) Ryan Succop: 30 (12/13 PAT; 6/8 FG)

NOTES

COLTS: QB ANDREW LUCK is 7-0 as starter vs. Ten. (4-0 at Ten.)…RB FRANK GORE has 432 scrimmage yards (108 per game) & 5 rush TDs in 4 meetings. Has 4 rush TDs in 2 games at Ten. Ranks 9th in NFL history with 12,474 rush yards, incl. 106 yards last week…WR. T.Y. HILTON had 4 catches for 94 yards (23.5 per game) in last game at Ten. Has 28 catches for 436 yards (109 per game) & 3 TDs in past 4. WR PHILLIP DORSETT had 35-yard TD catch at Ten. on 9/27/15…LB ERIK WALDEN has 3 sacks & 2 FFs in past 4. LB ROBERT MATHIS has 2 sacks & FF in past 3 meetings. Ranks 4th among active NFL players with 119 sacks & 1st with 48 def. FFs. DE KENDALL LANGFORD has 3 sacks in past 3 meetings. S MIKE ADAMS has 3 INTs, FF & FR in past 6 vs. Ten…K ADAM VINATIERI has made 41 consecutive FGs, 2nd longest streak in NFL history…TITANS: QB MARCUS MARIOTA passed for 367 yards & 2 TDs in only start vs. Ind. Has 6 pass TDs, 125.3 rating, 124 rush yards & rush TD in past 2…Since 2013, RB DE MARCO MURRAY leads NFL with 32 rush TDs & is 2nd with 4,194 rush yards. In past 4, has rushed for 395 yards (98.8 per game) & 4 TDs…Since 2015, TE DELANIE WALKER ranks 3rd among NFL TEs in catches (111) & 4th in rec. yards (1,334). WR ANDRE JOHNSON spent 2015 with Ind. In past 7 vs. Colts, has 57 catches for 839 yards (119.9 per game) & 7 TDs. Is active leader in career catches (1,062) & 2nd among active players with 14,185 rec. yards. WR KENDALL WRIGHT had 8 catches for 133 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Ind. with TD…LB BRIAN ORAKPO has 7 sacks in past 5 & aims for 6th in row with sack. Since 2013, DT JURRELL CASEY has 25.5 sacks, 2nd most by NFL DT. Has 3 sacks in past 2. LB DERRICK MORGAN has 3 sacks in past 2. LB AVERY WILLIAMSON leads team with 45 tackles.

Colts Ink TE Chase Coffman Following Injury to Dwayne Allen

Dwayne Allen

On Tuesday morning, the Colts signed veteran tight end Chase Coffman, Kevin Bowen of Colts.com reports.

The move to bring Coffman onboard comes after the Colts were awaiting MRI results for Dwayne Allen ’s injured right ankle.

Allen suffered the injury on the fifth snap of Sunday’s loss to Houston. While engaging former No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney, Allen was rolled up on at the bottom of a pile.

NFL.com has reported that Allen is “week-to-week” and will likely miss some time.

On Sunday night, the Colts relied on Jack Doyle and Erik Swoope to make up for Allen’s loss.

Luck Says He’ll Take the Blame for Sacks for Holding the Ball Too Long

Andrew Luck

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is on pace to be sacked an astonishing 60 times this season, Mike Wells of ESPN.com reports.

An ongoing narrative is that one of the reasons why Luck has already been sacked 20 times through the first five games is because he holds the ball too long.

Luck is currently averaging 2.81 seconds to attempt a pass (NFL average is 2.48 seconds), according to ESPN Stats and Information. He’s thrown seven of his 10 touchdown passes when taking longer than the league average. Luck, though, has been sacked 15 times in that time span because the offensive line has not done an adequate job blocking.

Luck, in typical Andrew Luck fashion, would rather take the blame for the sacks rather than point the finger at his protection.

“You are going to have a clock in your head regardless of how much you are getting hit or not hit or sacked or whatever that is,” Luck said. “Again, I have said this before, I don’t think the sacks are necessarily indicative of how well our offensive line is playing. You can probably blame me for holding the ball too long. It is that clock developing in the game.”

Luck at times has missed opportunities to deliver the ball more quickly, but he’s only been a small part of the problem.

One could suggest that offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski should call plays for Luck to get rid of the ball quicker to avoid taking as many hits. That’s a good thought and all, but their receivers don’t always have success getting off press coverage to get open underneath quickly. The other reason is the Colts are at their best when getting chunk plays.

“It’s a double-edged sword like most things in professional sports,” Luck said. “We know as an offense that big plays are great but also first downs and touchdowns are great. Everything positive is great for an offense. It’s finding the right balance and I think we are still working at getting that.”

Colts vs Texans NFL Week Six Capsule

SUNDAY NIGHT

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (2-3) AT HOUSTON TEXANS (3-2)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  COLTS TEXANS
SERIES LEADER 23-5  
STREAKS 6 of past 7  
COACHES VS. OPP. Chuck Pagano: 6-2 Bill O’Brien: 1-3
LAST WEEK W 29-23 vs. Chicago L 31-13 at Minnesota
LAST GAME 12/20/15: Colts 10 at Texans 16. Houston WR DeAndre Hopkins has 8 receptions for 94 yards. Texans RB Alfred Blue has 107 rushing yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/8/15: Colts 27, Texans 20. Indianapolis QB Matt Hasselbeck passes for 213 yards & 2 TDs for 107.4 rating. Colts RB Frank Gore rushes for 98 yards & TD.
REFEREE Bill Vinovich
BROADCAST NBC (8:30 PM ET): Al Michaels, Chris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Ind), 81 (Hou). XM: 226 (Ind), 225 (Hou).

STATS

PASSING Andrew Luck: 131-205-1469-10-3-95.4 Brock Osweiler: 109-188-1133-6-7-70.6
RUSHING Frank Gore: 78-328-4.2-2 Lamar Miller: 101-371-3.7-0
RECEIVING T.Y. Hilton: 35 (3L)-507-14.5-3 DeAndre Hopkins: 22-283-12.9-3
OFFENSE 358.6 310.4
TAKE/GIVE 0 -4
DEFENSE 410.6 300.4
SACKS Erik Walden: 4 Whitney Mercilus: 3.5
INTs Darius Butler: 1 Andre Hal, Quintin Demps: 1
PUNTING Pat McAfee: 51.8 (1L) Shane Lechler: 49.7
KICKING Adam Vinatieri: 51 (T1L) (12/12 PAT; 13/13 FG) Nick Novak: 40 (7/7 PAT; 11/14 FG)

NOTES

COLTS: QB ANDREW LUCK aims for 6th consecutive win vs. Hou. In last game at Hou., passed for 370 yards & 3 TDs. Has won 14 of past 15 starts vs. division…RB FRANK GORE rushed for 98 yards & TD in last game at Hou. Has 12,368 career rush yards & passed HOFer JIM BROWN (12,312) to move into 9th all-time…WR T.Y. HILTON has 21 catches for 432 yards (144 per game) & 4 TDs in past 3 at Hou. In 10/9/14 meeting, had career-high 223 rec. yards. In 11/3/13 game at Hou., had career-best 3 rec. TDs. Had 10 catches for 171 yards & TD last week. Aims for 4th consecutive game with TD…LB ERIK WALDEN has 3 sacks & 2 FFs in past 3. Aims for 4th in row at Hou. with sack. LB ROBERT MATHIS has 8 sacks, 4 FFs & FR in past 11 meetings. Ranks 4th among active NFL players with 118 sacks. S MIKE ADAMS has 2 INTs, FF & FR in past 2 vs. Hou…TEXANS: QB BROCK OSWEILER is 3-0 as starter at home with Hou…RB LAMAR MILLER aims for 3rd in row vs. Ind. with rush TD. Has 453 scrimmage yards (90.6 per game) in 5 games with Hou…WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS has 19 catches for 263 yards (131.5 per game) in past 2 meetings. WR-PR WILL FULLER leads NFL rookies with 327 rec. yards. WR JAELEN STRONG has 3 TDs in 2 career meetings…LB WHITNEY MERCILUS has 10 sacks in past 7 (incl. playoffs). Had sack in last meeting. LB BERNARDRICK MC KINNEY leads team with 48 tackles. Had sack in last meeting. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY had career-high 4 TFL last week. Leads team with 8 TFL. LB JOHN SIMON had sack in last meeting. CBs A.J. BOUYE (6) & JOHNATHAN JOSEPH (5) lead club in PD.

Late Luck to Hilton TD Leads Colts Over Bears 29-23

Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck threw a 35-yard TD pass to T.Y. Hilton with 3:43 left Sunday to lead the Colts past the Bears 29-23.

It’s the first time the Colts (2-3) defeated the Bears in Indianapolis.

After hearing a clamoring for changes all week, Indy went to the hurry-up offense and Luck made the alterations look good early and late.

When the Colts opened up the passing game and took shots down the field, they were efficient. When they didn’t, they bogged down.

The result: Indy had its first halftime lead of the season, 16-13, and when they fell behind midway through the third quarter, the Colts turned up the pace again. This time, Luck needed six plays to move 82 yards — the last 35 coming on the TD pass to Hilton that gave Indy a 26-23 lead.

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Bears at Colts NFL Week 5 Inactives Announced

Bears: QB Jay Cutler, S Deon Bush, CB Deiondre Hall, RB Jeremy Langford, OL Eric Kush, NT Eddie Goldman, OLB Leonard Floyd

Colts: WR Donte Moncrief, RB Robert Turbin, OL Le’Raven Clark, OL Jeremy Vujnovich, OL Jonotthan Harrison, WR Devin Street, DL Art Jones

Bears at Colts NFL Week 5 Capsule

CHICAGO BEARS (1-3) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (1-3)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  BEARS COLTS
SERIES LEADER   22-19
STREAKS 6 of past 7  
COACHES VS. OPP. John Fox: 2-2 Chuck Pagano: 0-1
LAST WEEK W 17-14 vs. Detroit L 30-27 at Jacksonville (in London)
LAST GAME 9/9/12: Colts 21 at Bears 41. Chicago QB Jay Cutler passes for 333 yards & 2 TDs. Bears WR Brandon Marshall has 9 receptions for 119 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/7/08: Bears 29, Colts 13. Chicago RB Matt Forte rushes for 123 yards & TD. Bears LB Lance Briggs has 21-yard FR-TD.
REFEREE John Hussey
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 135 (Chi), 84 (Ind). XM: 380 (Chi), 230 (Ind).

STATS

PASSING Brian Hoyer: 67-97-697-4-0-103.3 Andrew Luck: 103-166-1147-8-3-91.1
RUSHING Jordan Howard (R): 35-178-5.1-0 Frank Gore: 64-253-4.0-2
RECEIVING Eddie Royal: 18-241-13.4-2 T.Y. Hilton: 25-336-13.4-2
OFFENSE 335.0 349.3
TAKE/GIVE -2 -1
DEFENSE 333.5 382.8
SACKS 5 tied: 1 Erik Walden: 4 (T3L)
INTs 3 tied: 1 Darius Butler: 1
PUNTING Pat O’Donnell: 42.2 Pat McAfee: 49.4
KICKING Connor Barth: 14 (8/8 PAT; 2/4 FG) Adam Vinatieri: 34 (10/10 PAT; 8/8 FG)

NOTES

BEARS: QB BRIAN HOYER passed for 302 yards & 2 TDs for 120.1 rating in Week 4. Aims for 3rd in row with 300+ yards. Passed for 312 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting (10/8/15 with Hou)…Rookie RB JORDAN HOWARD rushed for career-high 111 yards last week. RB JOIQUE BELL had 102 scrimmage yards (81 rush, 21 rec.) in only career meeting (12/2/12 with Det)…WR ALSHON JEFFERY had 80 rec. yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with 100+ rec. yards. WR-PR EDDIE ROYAL had 7 receptions for 111 yards & TD in Week 4. TE ZACH MILLER has 3 TDs in past 2…DT AKIEM HICKS had sack in Week 4. LB JERRELL FREEMAN leads team with 41 tackles.  CB JACOBY GLENN had INT last week. DB DEIONDRE’ HALL had 1st career INT in Week 4…COLTS: QB ANDREW LUCK aims for 3rd game in row with 60+ yard TD pass. Passed for 309 yards in only meeting. In past 3 at home, has 968 pass yards (322.7 per game), 7 TDs, 1 INT & 104.4 rating…RB FRANK GORE has rushed for 356 yards (89 per game) & 2 TDs in 4 games vs. Chi. Has 12,293 career rush yards & ranks 10th in NFL history. Needs 20 rush yards to pass HOFer JIM BROWN (12,312) to move into 9th all-time. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD…WR T.Y. HILTON has 14 catches for 253 yards (126.5 per game) & TD (63 yards) at home this year. Aims for 3rd consecutive game with TD. WR PHILLIP DORSETT had career-long 64-yard TD catch last week…DE ROBERT MATHIS has 4 sacks, 3 FFs & FR in 4 career meetings (incl. SB). Ranks 4th among active NFL players with 118 sacks. Is tied for 1st among active NFL players with 47 def. FFs. LB ERIK WALDEN has 3 sacks & 2 FFs in past 2. Had career-high 3 sacks vs. Chi. (1/2/11 with GB). Leads team with 4 sacks, tied for 3rd most in NFL. LB D’QWELL JACKSON & S MIKE ADAMS each have 21 tackles.