Hits And Misses: Josh Downs Showing Consistency

Hits and misses: Josh Downs shows consistency INDIANAPOLIS – Here is our latest “hits and misses” article on 1075TheFan.com highlighting the good and bad of the previous game.
Despite a 10-point second-half lead on Sunday, the Colts’ defense failed to perform in their 38-27 loss to the Saints in Week 8.
What were the good and bad sides of the loss to the Colts (3-5) third straight game?
Hits: Josh Downs -Josh Downs: The Colts have a very, very good spread against this third-round rookie.
Downs had seven catches on nine targets for 72 yards against the Saints, including a spectacular third-down catch on the visitors’ sideline.
Downs played very reliably in the first half of his rookie season.
Hits: Run game when used -Run game when used: The “when used” warning is a problem, especially when the offense passes qua is not a strong and effective product on Sunday.
Take a look at the stat lines for Jonathan Taylor and Zack Moss on Sunday: Taylor had 12 carries for 95 yards (7.
9 yards per carry) and Moss had 11 carries for 66 yards (6.
0 yards per carry).
This was only the third time in the Colts’ 40-year history that two running backs passed for 6.
0 yards per carry in a game, when they carried at least 10 times.
Those are eye-catching metrics on every rushing number.
However, the Colts gave up on using those two, especially Taylor, after one of the best first quarters of his career.
It’s very scratchy.
Misses: Defense -Defense: This was Gus Bradley’s worst performance of the season.
The defense was too quiet to disrupt Derek Carr’s game (2 hits on him).
And the fullback play has been a disaster, tested in depth.
The Saints have not shown this season that they are capable of scoring 38 points, and it especially stings that all seven scoring drives went at least 58 yards.
The Saints’ 511 offensive yards were the most for the franchise in 2.
5 years.
Miss: Tony Brown -Tony Brown: We will, duh.
Sure, what did you expect?
Although Tony Brown has been a career special teams player, playing more as a fullback and missing the final practice of the week on Friday with a rib injury, making him questionable for entered Sunday’s game, but the Colts gave him a key third role at outside linebacker.
It was a disaster.
Per Next Gen Stats, Brown gave up 7 catches on 7 targets for 187 yards, with a boneheaded personal foul penalty on top of that.
The Saints rightfully picked on the former undrafted free agent all day long.
And the Colts wanted no part of benching Brown in-game.
Misses: Abandoning Run -Abandoning Run: Similar to what we said above about the run game, it was mystifying go see Shane Steichen deviate from it so much.
The Colts had plenty of opportunities to get back into the running game, but chose to ride Gardner Minshew on 41 pass attempts, compared to Jonathan Taylor and Zack Moss’ combined 23 carries, with the other two also sparingly involved.
Get into the ball receiving game.


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