Hits And Misses: Zach Pascal Continues To Be Colts Bright Spot

Hits And Misses: Zach Pascal Continues To Be Colts Bright Spot

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Hits And Misses: Zach Pascal Continues To Be Colts Bright Spot

Let’s take a look at the good and the bad from the Colts (6-6) losing their fourth game in the last five weeks, losing 31-17 to the Titans (6-6) at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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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 gave up 24 unanswered on Sunday against the Titans, suffering a major blow to their playoff hopes.

What was the good and bad from the Colts (6-6) losing 31-17 inside of Lucas Oil Stadium?

Hits

-Defensive Playmaking: When you go back and watch the tape, there was a good amount to like from Sunday’s first half---nothing more than the defensive playmaking the Colts got from their front 7. You had 5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles in the first half. Behind a ball hawking linebacker trio of Anthony Walker, Bobby Okereke and Darius Leonard, the Colts defense created some terrific field position early on. This was exactly the type of playmaking the Colts needed, in trying to help a barren skill group offensively.

-Zach Pascal Steps Up: Who would have thought back in August that Zach Pascal would be the Colts only 100-yard receiver this season? That’s the case as the Colts enter December, as Pascal had his second 100-yard game of the season against the Titans. With the Colts down so many key skill players, Pascal led the group with 7 catches for 109 yards. No player has made a bigger leap for the Colts in 2019 than Pascal, who helped spark the passing offense on Sunday with 4 receptions of at least 19 yards.

Misses

 

-Placekicking Group: The entire 11-man group falls into this category for the three missed kicks on Sunday. The Colts kicked 4 field goals against the Titans, and came out minus 4 points on those plays. That’s beyond inexcusable. In 2019, the kicking issues began with Adam Vinatieri, and now that pressure has impacted several other parts of the kicking operation. It’s why Vinny has now missed a career-high 14 kicks, with 3 of those being blocked.

 

-Jacoby Brissett’s Turnovers: Sunday’s first half was a pretty nice bounce back performance from Jacoby Brissett. He hit on some chunk plays, which was a major area of necessary improvement. But it came crashing down in the second half, with two fatal interceptions. The picks led directly to 10 Tennessee points. Both came on very clean pockets and had no chance of being completed. These were turnovers that Brissett has often avoided this season, but they arose in the second half of a massive game, with a one-score game being the difference when both picks occurred.

 

-Your Healthy Units: To see the Colts struggle to cap offensive drives on Sunday wasn’t a surprise. But the surprises did come with how the team’s healthy units performed. The fully intact offensive line couldn’t get the run game going (3.2 yards per carry) and the pass protection saw way too many free rushers, with blame extending beyond just the 5 offensive linemen. Defensively, the Colts were incredibly healthy entering Sunday. But once that elite playmaking subsided at halftime, Indianapolis finished the game allowing 5.7 yards per carry to Derrick Henry and 77% completion percentage to Ryan Tannehill. That’s way too much balance allowed.

 

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