Indianapolis Colts: promising victory

The Indianapolis Colts pounded their division rival Houston Texans today. A much needed 25-3 victory, after weeks of struggling to put points on the board.

And most of the damage was done in the first half.

Griff Whalen hauls in a touchdown pass on the very first drive of the day. (Photo credit: Colts.com)

Griff Whalen hauls in a touchdown pass on the very first drive of the day. (Photo credit: Colts.com)

Yes, the COLTS, actually put up points at the start of the game. They scored on the very first drive and on a few more after that, ending with 20 points at the end of 2 quarters.

Andrew Luck had 158 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception in the first half. And offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton called some of the best football of his young career in those 30 minutes.

And hey, the defense had a hell of a game, too, even without much of a pass rush (outside of a few blitzes). Sure, the Texans offense is pretty bad, but four sacks and two interceptions, both picks by Darius Butler, don’t just happen themselves.

But the second half offense left something to be desired. It was more on the “let’s not mess this up” play calling by Hamilton than anything else. But that is quite concerning in and of itself.

He has done this several times during the season, and if it weren’t for the fact that the Texans have a lackluster offense, the Colts might’ve paid for it.

He really needs to understand that you must keep your foot on the pedal, especially when there’s still 2 whole quarters left to play.

I would like to see more of the no huddle, spread them out, offense we saw in the first half. It was a thing of beauty.

And it helped players like Griff Whalen and T.Y. Hilton have spectacular outings.

Hilton loves showing up against the Texans and he did it again today. It was a pleasant sight, especially since he’s been struggling the past few weeks.

Darius Butler produced two interceptions today for the Colts defense. (Photo credit: Colts.com)

Darius Butler produced two interceptions today for the Colts defense. (Photo credit: Colts.com)

Whalen had a great training camp, followed by being placed on the practice squad, brought up for a few games, not playing that hot, being demoted to the practice squad again and finally being put back on the roster this week. Whew, and good thing he was back.

Although he didn’t play great during his last stint on the 53-man roster, he showed potential. And he displayed some of his talent today, with 45 receiving yards and a touchdown catch.

Not to mention a 51 yard punt return.

Thanks to Whalen, even without LaVon Brazill, the coaches were able to relegate Darrius Heyward-Bey to, almost exclusively, blocking duties. Which was a most welcoming strategy.

Between Hilton, Da’Rick Rogers, Whalen and Brazill the colts seem to be developing a nice group of receivers for Luck heading into the playoffs. And this offense is getting hot at just the right time.

Look out for the boys in blue come playoff time. Go Colts!