Despite falling behind 14-0 early, the Colts got back into the win column Thursday night, as Andrew Luck has yet to lose back-to-back games in his career. Barring a Luck injury, the victory all but ensures the Colts will win the AFC South, especially since the next time these teams meet will be in Indy. The Colts have trailed a combined 66-9 in the first half over their last three games, but apparently it doesn’t matter when you have comeback specialist Luck on your side (he's now won six games when trailing by 12+ points, while Tom Brady has seven such occurrences in his career).
Trent Richardson looked like he was stuck in mud yet again, gaining just 22 yards on eight carries (although he did secure all five of his targets for 31 receiving yards). He doesn’t have a single run of 20 yards this season (and just one that’s gone for 15) and hasn’t totaled 80 yards in a game. I wonder if the Colts could even get a fifth round pick in return for him right now…Meanwhile, Donald Brown got 80 yards on 14 carries, including two touchdowns. At this point, there’s zero question who’s Indianapolis’ best running back.
Chris Johnson frustrated those who had him on their bench, as one week after rushing for just 30 yards at home against the winless Jaguars and facing a Colts D that had been stingy against opposing fantasy RBs this year, he ended the first quarter with eight carries for 70 yards and two touchdowns. It got ugly after that, as Johnson had nine carries for 16 yards over the next three quarters, but the damage was already done. Thanks to his two scores Thursday night, Johnson now has one more rushing touchdown than Andrew Luck over the past two seasons.
Coby Fleener and Delanie Walker combined to reel in 18-of-20 targets for 198 yards and a score, as each tight end had a career night…The weird thing about Darrius Heyward-Bey isn’t that he continues to disappoint but how he’s doing so. Al Davis (over)drafted him for his speed, but DHB looks slow right now, someone who could easily be confused for a tight end…Kendall Wright hasn’t scored since Week 2, but he’s emerged as Tennessee’s clear No. 1 wideout, to say the least. He’s averaged 9.0 targets over the past seven weeks and is locked in as a solid WR3 type (I know it’s all relative)…T.Y. Hilton was held to just 44 yards, but he saw another nine targets and had to go against Alterraun Verner, who entered having allowed an NFL-low 23.8 QB Rating on passes thrown his way this season. If this in any way creates a buying opportunity, please take advantage. Hilton will be a top-10 fantasy WR from here on out.
Andrew Luck had a modest passing night, throwing for 232 yards (6.4 YPA) and no touchdowns but 31 rushing yards and a score on the ground salvaged an otherwise extremely disappointing fantasy game. Indy’s passing attack featured almost exclusively underneath routes, although it should be noted they were facing a Titans secondary that entered having allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. In fact, Tennessee hasn’t allowed a single 300-yard passer this season and has ceded the fewest passing touchdowns in the NFL, including just one over the previous six games! Luck deserves a pass here, although he has to face this same secondary two weeks from now…After ripping off Delanie Walker’s helmet, Erik Walden then proceeded to head butt the tight end and was somehow not kicked out of the game.