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Let’s be honest here Clayton Geathers Jersey , there wasn’t really all that much to be excited about in the Indianapolis Colts Week 13 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. For starters, they were shutout for the first time in Andrew Luck’s career. Additionally, we’ve talked for weeks now — and the national media was just starting to come around — about how the Colts were better than their record, yet they didn’t show that against the previously 3-8 bottom dwellers of the AFC South.However, like every week, win or lose, there were some good performances that need to be acknowledged. It may not feel like there were many that deserved to be recognized, but here are the game balls for the Colts in their Week 13 loss to the Jaguars.Denico AutryFor my money, Autry was the obvious major highlight of the game for the Colts. Autry has put together some really impressive performances this season, but he’s also been injured for a few games, and has had others in which he was minimally productive as well. Sunday Autry was a terror for the Colts’ defense and had a major impact on the field. He alone notched 3 sacks, 4 quarterback hits and 7 total tackles in a game where getting pressure on the inexperienced Cody Kessler was key to taking control of the game.Autry wasn’t just showing up in the box score though either. He was a big contributor in clogging up running lanes for the Jaguars as well. With his help, the Colts allowed only 79 yards (an average of 2.9 yards per carry) on the ground which is their second-fewest rushing yardage allowed on the season, and their fewest first downs. His presence is a big one when he’s on, and Sunday he was on.The team has been needing a force to show up in the front-four this year, and with Tyquan Lewis looking to be a nice burst of youth, strength and athleticism over the past few weeks, the Colts desperately need Autry to continue this kind of play as they attempt to push for a playoff berth.Eric EbronEbron just continues to be a massive contributor for the Colts offense as the season progresses. Sunday Ebron hauled in 10 catches — 4 of which came in the final two drives of the game — for 81 receiving yards. His 16 targets and 10 catches are both season-high marks for Ebron, who is having a career year for the Colts.He wasn’t able to get a touchdown Sunday, but then again, nobody else did either. He is, however Nate Hairston Color Rush Jersey , maintaining his production despite having Jack Doyle on Injured Reserve and that’s a very good sign. He’s drawing more attention, and against the back-seven of the Jaguars who had a great game, he still managed to get open an remain sure-handed throughout the game with tight coverage.Ebron’s ability to create matchups outside, as well as up the seam have been a vital part of the Colts ability to move the chains and will continue to be down the back stretch of the season. His game wasn’t flashy, but he still came to play on a day in which the Colts offense struggled to move the ball consistently.Anthony Walker — Darius Leonard — Jabaal Sheard — Tyquan LewisI’m just going to go ahead and give this quartet a game ball as well. Each of them made real contributions to the game, and have been playing really well so far this season. Lewis was used on the edge to take a advantage of Ereck Flowers who started at left tackle for the Jaguars and it forced the offensive line to give him help throughout the day. He showed off his combination of speed, power and hand usage to force pressure on Kessler earning himself 2 quarterback hits on the day and opening up things for the rest of the defensive line.Walker forced the only turnover for the Colts Sunday, and quite honestly, it should have been enough to win the game. The Colts got the ball in good field position, but turned the ball right back over to Kessler and the Jags who only put up two field goals on the day. Walker is second on the team in tackles (85 total) and has become part of a very good Colts linebacker duo, and is showing great chemistry with Darius Leonard. Speaking of Leonard, he’s just a tackling machine and is near the ball on every down even if he isn’t making the tackle. He accrued 1.5 tackles for loss Sunday and had 8 total tackles while being a vital part of the Colts run defense in the process. Even when he doesn’t rack up double-digit tackles, Leonard is still a major presence on the field for the Colts.Sheard had himself a really nice game as well Sunday. He didn’t have a major production type of game in the box score, but he did rack up 2 tackles for loss and forced Carlos Hyde and T.J. Yeldon to find alternate routes in the running game throughout the day. This is just as important as getting the tackles himself, as others benefited from his push on the Jaguars’ offensive line throughout the day. This quartet will continue to be big players for the Colts defense with the final four games of the year on the horizon. If they can continue their play, the Colts defense will continue to assist the offense enough to pull out some wins. As we witnessed yesterday, though, both units have to come through on that in order for it to work. I’ve been a football fan as long as I can remember and have a strong appreciation for all the great rivalries across the sport.Colts/Titans isn’t a rivalry. In fact, a quick Wiki search yielded a budding rivalry between the Titans/Texans and Titans/Jags. This makes sense because those teams have basically battled for the bottom of the Division during much of the AFC South’s existence. Somebody has to be the whipping boy.Sure, for the last couple years, the Colts have taken their own lumps.You’ll notice I normally don’t write my work. I’m the video content creator for this website.I felt compelled to write because one of my colleagues informed me that for the first time this year, the “enemy” blog for the week did not respond to our Q&A request. We made up our own and I can assure you https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Braden-Smith-Jersey , we hold nothing back. I’m not personally insulted. I have no emotional ties to this match-up because again, this isn’t a rivalry. I do see it as a sign of disrespect, though. Perhaps this can be the start of something beautiful.We here at Stampede Blue have a strong rapport with all of the other NFL blogs on SBNation and consider those we work with from other teams colleagues of ours even if they do not return that sentiment. My intent is to be at the combine because I live in Indianapolis and even the draft if I can muster it. I can promise you that I personally intend to develop a relationship with people who also create NFL content regardless of the colors they rock on the weekend. I expect the same out of “enemy” blogs.Moving along.This game is important for both teams but for completely different reasons.For the Titans:Marcus Mariota hasn’t beaten Andrew Luck in a football game. Ever. I even went back and looked at college results. Think of this game as a litmus test for the Titans and the end of all the Mariota vs. Luck comparisons. Frankly, the latter isn’t much of a conversation at this point.The Titans did beat the Patriots without Gronk this year. They also beat the clearly struggling Eagles at home. Much like the Jaguars found out, though, expending that much energy to beat the Patriots can have long-term negative effects. I’ve never wished a hangover on someone before, but I mean...The Titans’ losses include the middling Dolphins, the torrid Bills and they got skunked by the Ravens just over a month ago amid a 3-game skid.Marcus Mariota has had a very up-and-down year and currently has only thrown 7 touchdowns to 5 interceptions on the season. He’s also missed a game due to injury. Andrew Luck’s numbers look incredible in every category and he’s top 10 in the league in many relevant statistical categories after returning from taking an entire year off of football. Mariota’s numbers look make him look like an athletic game manager, words hardly used to describe an elite quarterback.It’s also worth pointing out that Luck has only been sacked 10 times this year and Mariota has been sacked 25 times — again he missed a game. It turns out that when you invest resources into protecting your quarterback and game plan to keep him clean all game, you score more points and win more games. Who’d have thunk it?However...The Titans are on a 2-game win streak and their defense has played sporadically outstanding over the course of the year, having only given up 24 points in the last two games. The Titans offense has only scored more than 20 points in three games this entire season. Cowboys. Pats. Eagles.It’s hard to gauge if this conversation should be aimed strictly at the Colts offense vs. the Titans defense because it may be the only relevant match-up in the game on Sunday.All that said, the Titans (5-4) may be without two WRs on Sunday and I expect we’ll see a heavy dose of the run game and some mobility on display by Mariota. He is an exceptional athlete and does aid his offense with his legs. For the Colts:Andrew Luck is 9-0 against the Titans for his career and for the first time in Marcus Mariota’s career there’s some consideration to the idea that this may be the only time the two teams are close enough in record and talent for it to be a relevant game for both franchises.It’s worth considering that the Colts are in the first year of a 3-year rebuild and Vegas expects them to win at home in a close game.The Colts appear to be coming into their own, having won 3 games in a row for the first time since 2016 and appear to be the healthiest they’ve been all year.Given that this is supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Colts, even if the Titans win, they’re still 1-9 against Luck. Beating the Colts this year is like roping a calf. You may get ‘er done while we’re young, but things are different already in Indianapolis under Chris Ballard and Frank Reich. Mariota beating Luck at this point is akin to Manning finally beating Brady except this isn’t the Playoffs — and Mariota might get invited to the Hall of Fame as a guest one day.All things considered, this game is significant to me because Reggie Wayne gets his much deserved blue jacket on Sunday and becomes part of the Colts Ring of Honor.I’m here for that.I, along with several Stampede Blue staff members, will be at the game on Sunday. I can promise you one thing regardless of the outcome.This isn’t a rivalry game.Questions?


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