Hits And Misses: George Odum Shines In Place Of Malik Hooker

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Hits And Misses: George Odum Shines In Place Of Malik Hooker

Let’s take a look at the good and the bad from the Colts (3-2) shocking the Chiefs (4-1), at Arrowhead Stadium in Week Five.

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INDIANAPOLIS – Here’s our latest ‘hits and misses’ piece on 1070TheFan.com highlighting the good and bad from the previous game.

The Colts (3-2) earned one of their finest regular season wins in franchise history on Sunday night, knocking off the Chiefs (4-1), 19-13.

What was the good and bad from the Colts heading into their bye week at 3-2?

Hits

-George Odum Steps Up: The Colts had several ‘go check the program’ defenders stepping up on Sunday night (former reserves in DT-Grover Stewart, CB-Shakial Taylor, LB-Bobby Okereke, WR-Ashton Dulin). But atop that list was S-George Odum, who started in place of S-Malik Hooker. Entering Sunday, Odum had played less than 15 total snaps on defense this season. He was on the field for every play against the Chiefs, finishing with a team-best 6 tackles, and a huge forced fumble. Odum made some really important stops in the open field that should not go unnoticed in limiting yards after catch/touch. When the Colts lauded their safety depth this offseason, it was more than just Khari Willis. Saying goodbye to Matthias Farley before final roster cuts was because they really liked the potential of Odum. We saw the second-year undrafted free agent deliver on Sunday.

-Defense Alters Scheme: Yes, the defensive line was better than what we saw against the Raiders. But the coverage approach changed a bit in the secondary. From the opening series, the Colts had their defensive backs hovering near the line of scrimmage consistently. With some press/jam looks from the pre-snap change, the Colts disrupted Patrick Mahomes’ timing. Without Tyreek Hill, and with Sammy Watkins leaving on the first drive of the game, the Chiefs didn’t have the explosive wideout that needed tons of attention. The Colts kept tight end Travis Kelce in check (4 catches and 10 targets) and found the necessary rush/cover recipe that had been missing.  

-Durable Offensive Line Delivers: While the Colts have suffered some important injuries on both sides of the ball early this season, the O-line has been extremely durable. The starting five has yet to miss a snap. No other OL unit can say that. It’s one thing to be available, but you still must go out there and prove yourself. And the O-line did that on Sunday. It was a humbling effort from that group in its last outing in Kansas City, back in January. This time around, the offensive line established its dominance on the opening drive, and continued that punishing style behind body blow after body blow, as the Colts possessed the ball for nearly 15 more than the Chiefs.

-Adam Vinatieri Has Perfect Night Outdoors: I made the analogy during the game that Adam Vinatieri was connecting on all of his 4-foot par putts on Sunday night. Vinny returned outdoors on Sunday night, where he’s had recent issues. But Vinny was perfect on Sunday, knocking home four field goals from 29, 31, 32 and 32 yards. Since the early-season issues, Vininy is a perfect 7-of-7 on extra points, and 7-of-8 on field goals. His FG makes are from 21, 49, 26, 29, 31, 32 and 32 yards. His lone miss was from 57 yards. If Vinny’s confidence was shaken in mid-September, the last three weeks should have given him a boost, especially with a nice outing outdoors in Arrowhead.

 

Misses

 

-Stagnate Passing Game: The vertical passing game continues to be virtually non-existent for the Colts. You earned a 53-yard pass interference penalty from Deon Cain, but the next longest reception was 18 yards (to Nyheim Hines). Jacoby Brissett had some struggles, with a terrible interception in the red zone. When trying any pass attempt of more than 10 yards, Brissett found virtually no success. Brissett’s QB rating of 61.1 and yards per attempt number of 5.2 rank near the bottom for his career. With heavy attention towards taking away T.Y. Hilton (4 catches for 37 yards), no other pass catcher truly emerged for Indianapolis. When the Chiefs brought pressure to Brissett, the Colts couldn’t hit a hot route and make Kansas City pay. Situationally, Brissett has been pretty good this season. But the Colts weren’t as efficient on Sunday in third down and the red zone.

 

-Kemoko Turay’s Season-Ending Injury: It was about the only sour note on a night fans will remember for a long, long time. But a broken ankle for Kemoko Turay suffered on Kansas City’s final offensive snap is a tough, tough blow. Turay was really effective on Sunday, with 3 quarterback hits and a half sack. He is this team’s best pure speed edge rusher. In the present, this is a significant loss because of the unique trait Turay gives more powerful rushers in Justin Houston, Denico Autry and Jabaal Sheard. Looking past this season, such an injury also stunts the growth of Turay, which is so vital at a position where the Colts are looking for a young rusher to emerge. The Colts have other D-end options, but rookie Ben Banogu is the closest ‘speed’ guy to Turay. It’s time for the TCU rookie to step up.

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