Best And Worst From First Half Of Colts 2019 Season

Best And Worst From First Half Of Colts 2019 Season

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Best And Worst From First Half Of Colts 2019 Season

We have reached the midway point of the 2019 season for the Indianapolis Colts (5-3). Let’s hand out some awards after eight games.

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts are halfway done with the marathon that is an NFL regular season. 

For those wanting entertainment from their Colts, they’ve given you more than you ever could have expected.

Even with the Andrew Luck saga two weeks before the start of the season, the Colts are still in the middle of the AFC playoff picture thanks to a 5-3 record.

With the Colts now at the midway point of the 2019 season, let’s hand out some awards after the first half of the year:

Most Valuable Player

Quenton Nelson takes home this honor. First, when I say ‘most valuable player’ I mean ‘who is having the best season in 2019?’ Honestly, it was kind of hard to pick someone that’s really separated themselves from the pack. I know Nelson’s past two weeks haven’t been a total clean sheet, but I still think he deserves this honor. Nelson had some All-Pro like performances earlier this season, which were needed with a limited vertical passing game.

Others Receiving Votes: Marlon Mack, Frank Reich, Justin Houston


Biggest Surprise

Zach Pascal takes home the honor. This guy more than deserves some hardware after the start to 2019 he has had for the Colts. With injuries and inconsistent play at the wide receiver position, Pascal has delivered for that group, and still continues to play a big role on special teams. Pascal has 19 catches for 321 yards and 5 total touchdowns. He has a 70.4 catch percentage, with a team-leading 16.9 yards per reception. Those two numbers together are really impressive. Jacoby Brissett certainly deserves some notoriety here, but Pascal was a guy who some thought should have been cut in August. Now, he’s one of the team’s most important players.

Others Receiving Votes: Jacoby Brissett, Khari Willis


Biggest Disappointment

Adam Vinatieri takes home the honor. When you are dead last in the NFL in field goal percentage/extra point percentage (72.2%, 26-of-36 this season), the kicker carries the vast majority of that blame. The kicking operation has been far from perfect, but Vinny’s kicks have not been too pretty. One could make the case that Vinny and the kicking unit has cost the Colts a game or two this season. Instead of making a personnel change to correct this issue, the Colts are holding their ground in hoping (praying?) this problem gets fixed.

Others Receiving Votes: Quincy Wilson, Deon Cain, Eric Ebron, defensive tackle group


Best Rookie

Khari Willis takes home this honor. And it really isn’t that close. While all of the other rookies have had your expected ups and downs as first-year players, Willis has been rock solid. Chris Ballard talks like Willis as if he’s some veteran. With a couple of injuries to both starting safety spots, the Colts have needed the versatile Willis to fill a variety of roles. Willis has been too good to keep off the field, which is a dream for any member of the coaching staff.

Others Receiving VotesWillis gets all the votes.


Telling Stat

All 8 of the Colts games have been decided by one score takes home the honor. It hasn’t happened very often in NFL history, but the Colts have seen every single one of their games go down to the final two minutes. They’ve played to their competition so far in 2019. Now, more often than not, the Colts have found ways to pull out victories late. But the question is there if the Colts are playing with a fire a bit too much in all these one-score games.

Others Receiving Votes: Kicking percentage, 4th down efficiency


Biggest Remaining Question To Be Answered

Are the Colts a legit contender in the AFC? This question is something you can relate directly to the most telling stat above. From a record standpoint, just 2 games separate the AFC’s No. 2 seed right now to the 8th spot in the playoff picture. The Colts are just a half game back of the Texans in the AFC South, but also only a game ahead of being outside the playoff race. With a schedule that is tougher to close the season, the Colts will have to pass some tests in order to secure a playoff spot in 2019.

Others Receiving Votes: How will Adam Vinatieri end the 2019 season? Is Jacoby Brissett the definite franchise quarterback of the future?


Most Important Game Left

Week 12: at the Texans takes home the honor. Instead of the usual Colts/Texans matchup in the month of December with major AFC South implications, this year’s second matchup will come on a Thursday night in late November. It will be a short week trip for the Colts traveling to Houston (the Texans play at Baltimore on the previous Sunday). With the Texans at 6-3 (2-1 in the division) and the Colts at 5-3 (2-0 in the division), this game means a ton to who will win the AFC South. The Colts have that early head-to-head tiebreaker over the Texans, and a season sweep would be massive. Currently, the Texans and Colts are both 2 games up in the loss column over the Jaguars (4-5) and Titans (4-5).

Others Receiving Votes: at Jacksonville (Week 17)

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