With the Colts’ 2nd win of the season, it’s time to acknowledge the “Horse Heroes” of Week 4 against the Tennessee Titans. These are players that went above and beyond their positional requirements and delivered an exceptional performance, in another winning performance to boot:
QB Andrew Luck: Another AFC South divisional opponent, another consecutive 4 touchdown performance from the Colts’ star young quarterback. Luck was simply brilliant in this one, as he was 29 for 41 (70%), amassing 393 passing yards, and 4 TD’s (to 4 different Colts’ receivers). While his one interception before the first half was a costly one, allowing the Titans to score a touchdown in the closing seconds, one bad throw doesn’t ruin what was otherwise was a great day.
Through the first 4 games, QB Andrew Luck leads the league in passing yards (1,305), touchdowns (13), and is 5th in QB Rate (108.0). According to the advanced statistics provided by ProFootballFocus, he’s currently the 2nd best QB in the NFL, behind only Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers.
WR Reggie Wayne: The Colts’ veteran wide receiver had been steady, yet unspectacular in his first three games back from ACL surgery. This Sunday was a “vintage Reggie” performance, as “old reliable” turned back the clock, yet again, to record 119 receiving yards on 7 catches and a touchdown. It wasn’t just the catches though, it was truly the nature of them, as many of them were quite highlight worthy.
ILB D’Qwell Jackson: He’s clearly come into his own during the last two contests, as this is his second consecutive double-digit tackling game. Jackson finished the day with 10 tackles (8 solo), 1 sack, and 1 QBH, clearly reminding Colts’ fans why he was so sought out as a free agent during the offseason.
S Mike Adams: No one will ever confuse Adams for Troy Polamalu, but the former had quite a game for the Colts yesterday. He broke up a potential touchdown pass in the 2nd quarter to Titans’ WR Justin Hunter and presumed to finish the day with 2 interceptions. Despite making no tackles, Adams was seemingly everywhere at the right time in coverage.
Don’t look now, but PFF has him quietly ranked as the 15th best safety in the NFL. Not bad for a veteran safety that was brought in purely for insurance purposes and to bring competition to the safety job.
DE Cory Redding: Redding honestly might be the most underappreciated player on the Colts’ entire roster. Not only is he a team leader of the defense, but he’s also been their best defensive lineman through 4 weeks. He finished yesterday with 5 tackles (4 solo), 1 sack, and 1 QBH, and he was simply a force to be reckoned out there for the Titans’ offensive line, who are still searching for anwers.
Penalties: There wasn’t anyone or much to fault in yesterday’s 44-17 demolition of a win. However, the Colts (as a team) committed 11 penalties for 88 yards. Head coach Chuck Pagano and his coaching staff will make sure that gets cleaned up for next Sunday. While it didn’t factor into the decision, it could down the road against a better football team in a closer game.