The are finally in 2011. After a 19-16 victory over the , Indianapolis has now won two games in a row and are turning things around. I had my doubts recently but the team has continued to play hard and is playing very good football lately.
The biggest factor in the turnaround has been the play of the defense. The defense was key to the win against the and played excellent once again against Houston. Whatever the reason, ever since the firing of defensive coordinator Larry Coyer and the promotion of linebackers coach Mike Murphy, the defensive is playing drastically better.
Indianapolis got constant pressure on Houston quarterback but couldn’t make a play to swing the game. The Colt defense constantly stopped Houston and Foster on third downs and were able to get off the field and give the ball back to the offense.
This game was one of the better offensive games Indianapolis has had in a long time. Several times this season, statistics have made Indianapolis appear that they have played better than they really did. They were often involved in blowout games where defenses were playing a prevent against them and giving up easy yards late in games. This was not the case against Houston, who has been very good this season on defense.
Quarterback Dan Orlvosky completed 23 out of 41 passes for 244 yards and one touchdown. He committed one turnover on a fumble but did not throw an interception. Orlovsky made several of his best throws late in the game that led Indianapolis to the victory. His touchdown throw to in the 2012 draft and the ability to draft Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. The talk all season is that Luck is supposed to be the next great quarterback in the NFL. The fact is that teams and fans never know if and when a quarterback will be great. This Colt team proves that players will never give up and will play every single game to win. No professional player wants anything more than to win regardless of the sport. As I sat watching and was torn by what outcome I was hoping for, I realized that I always want to see my team win. Whether they are 1-13 or 13-1, I want to see them win. I never thought I’d see Peyton Manning miss a game and you never know what will happen in the future. Seeing Reggie Wayne catch the game winning touchdown where Wayne had a touchdown catch with just seconds left against the . Although they are still just 2-13 on the season, I greatly enjoyed watching this win.
Kyle Rapoza is a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and has been a lifelong fan of the Indianapolis Colts. He attended Super Bowl XLIV in Miami and follows the team closely. Follow him on Twitter @kyler11.
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