Fresh off their bye week, The Indianapolis Colts took it to the Detroit Lions, winning 41-21 on Sunday.
Tied with the Tennessee Titans now for first in the AFC South, they play the Baltimore Ravens next Sunday, November 8th.
Rivers Shines For The Colts
Philip Rivers is a key for the Colts, we know, and this week again, he did not disappoint.
He completed 23-of-33 passes (70 percent) for 262 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for an overall QB rating of 123.5.
In his last two games, Rivers has combined to complete 52-of-77 passes (67.5 percent) for 633 yards with six touchdowns to just one interception for a QB rating of 113.2.
He’ll face a Baltimore Ravens defense this coming week that is ranked fifth overall in the NFL. Indianapolis’ defense is ranked third.
The Colts offense also sputtered to start the game again as they did give up a blocked punt, which allowed Detroit to score first.
The Ravens will find ways to make Indianapolis pay should they make mistakes early, and they will be looking for revenge after losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Ravens will also be affected by COVID 19 protocols though as cornerback Marlon Humphrey tweeted Monday morning that he had a positive test.
We’ll see what that does to their defence.
Colts Defense Shines Again Against Detroit
The Colts defense is currently the third-ranked defense in the NFL after Week 8 action.
This unit has its injuries, too, including Week Four, when Linebacker Darius Leonard was out with a groin injury. He took revenge on Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford late in the third quarter, with a big sack.
They’ve also been without players such as Cornerback Rock Ya-Sin, who exited against the Lions and should be back for the Colts game this week. He had some COVID concerns earlier in the season but should be good to go.
The Colts defense held the Lions to just 29 rushing yards. They sacked Stafford five times and tallied nine total tackles for loss on top of the two takeaways.
The Colts will face the tough task of trying to stop Ravens QB Lamar Jackson this week. This is the opposite end of the spectrum to facing Stafford.
Jackson has the single-season rushing record for a quarterback, led the NFL in touchdown passes, and was named the second unanimous MVP in league history last season.
After facing the Ravens, the Colts will meet the 5-2 Tennessee Titans (twice), the 5-2 Green Bay Packers and, the 7-0 Pittsburgh Steelers. They also have divisional games against the Houston Texans (twice) and Jacksonville Jaguars and a game against the Las Vegas Raiders.
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