The Indianapolis Colts kicked off the year with their first home season opener win since 2009. The Colts may have gotten the win, but Oakland did not make it easy The Colts' defense had many key plays that kept the Colts in the game even when the offensive line struggled. In the end, the Colts won 21-17.
The Colts' off-season efforts toward building a stronger defense has certainly paid off. Both Greg Toler and Antoine Bethea had one interception apiece. Bethea's pick happened to be the game saving play with 25 seconds left on the clock. Safety Lavon Landry also had a crucial touchdown-stopping tackle due to his quick speed. Toler and Landry were both acquired as free agents during the off-season.
The first quarter made it appear as if the Colts had filled the holes they had in their offensive line last season. During the remaining three quarters, the lineman had difficulty protecting Andrew Luck. Luck was rushed frequently and was sacked four times.
The issuse with the offensive line transfered over into Luck's ability to complete passes. He had to rely on his running backs more than he usually would. Outside of their outstanding first quarter, the Colts were only able to score one more time as Luck rushed 19 yards into the endzone.
Thankfully the Colts did just enough to squeak by with a 4-point victory. Had the defense not played as hard as they did, Oakland could have taken the win away from Indianapolis. Now it is time for the Colts to focus on strengthening the offensive line so the can utilize their talented quarterback.