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Week 13 Game Recap: Indianapolis Colts 10, Pittsburgh Steelers 45
What you need to know
Sunday marked the reminder that Matt Hasselbeck
is a 40-year-old backup quarterback, not the franchise (or fantasy) savior that some knee-jerk reactions had portrayed him as after starting 4-0. With Hasselbeck struggling to make basic plays on Sunday, the offense tanked, and the fantasy results show it. The Colts can move the ball with Hasselbeck at quarterback, but large stretches of ineptitude should be expected, even against vulnerable opponents. The biggest victims seem to be T.Y. Hilton
and Donte Moncrief
whose usage and production has been yo-yo like with Hasselbeck at quarterback. The Colts will see another plus matchup for the passing game against the Jaguars on Sunday, but whether or not that results in production is a complete unknown.
The Steelers dominated in all three phases of the game with 522 total yards. Ben Roethlisberger
had 4 touchdown passes while DeAngelo Williams
grinded out 134 rushing yards on the ground. Antonio Brown
and Martavis Bryant
both added over 100 receiving yards. Brown had a great performance with 3 total touchdowns.
|QB Matt Hasselbeck, 44 offensive snaps, Pass: 16 - 26 - 169 - 1 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 2 - 1 - 0|
Against a vulnerable Pittsburgh pass defense, Matt Hasselbeck
reverted back to the 40-year-old backup that he is, rather than the passable play we saw against Tamp Bay last week. Not only did Hasselbeckís inconsistent accuracy and inability to make plays outside the pocket hurt him, but he failed to make simple, basic quarterback processes. Whether it was getting delay-of-game penalties, missing wide open underneath receivers on 3rd-and-short or tripping his own running back, Hasselbeck had a nightmare of a day. On the bright side, this simplifies things for Andrew Luck
owners, ensuring that he will return as soon as possible, potentially for the last two or three weeks of the season. Hasselbeck does get a better matchup next week in Jacksonville, who he had 282 yards and a touchdown against in Week 4.
|RB Frank Gore, 33 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 45 - 0, Rec: 3 - 49 - 1 (5 targets)|
While his average was below four yards per carry for the fifth straight game, it was the highest of those four games, and Gore was able to total 94 yards and his first receiving touchdown of the year. Thanks to a 34-yard screen that saw Gore rumble through multiple tackles, Gore actually was the Coltsí leading receiver on the day. With Ahmad Bradshaw
done for the season, it looks like Gore may see a slight uptick in his receiving share, as Boom Herron didnít see significant snaps until after the Colts conceded the game in the fourth quarter. Facing a stout Jacksonville front in Week 14, Goreís efficiency likely wonít be rising anytime soon, but his consistent usage should continue. Gore has had at least 15 touches in nine of 11 games this season, and at least 80 all-purpose yards in seven, including a 17-carry, five-catch game for 87 total yards against the Jaguars in Week 4.
|WR T.Y. Hilton, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 36 - 0 (5 targets)|
After a refreshingly stout game against Tampa Bay last week, Hilton was supposed to continue his strong play against the inconsistent Steelers secondary, but was unable to with Matt Hasselbeck
struggling to complete basic plays. It was Hiltonís second-fewest amount of targets this season, and third-fewest receptions and yards. Hilton did miss out on one catchable throw down the middle of the field on Sunday, but it was a diving effort under duress that would have required incredible effort. Hilton will have another plus matchup against the Jaguars on Sunday, but until Luck comes back healthy, his floor is very low.
|WR Andre Johnson, 32 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 44 - 0 (3 targets)|
Leading all Colts receivers in yards on Sunday, Andre Johnson
turned back the clock for two plays, a powerful 11-yard gain on a screen pass and an impressive double move on the outside for a 28-yard gain. The latter should have been a touchdown, as he was wide open up the left sideline, but a poor throw from Hasselbeck forced Johnson to stop and wait for the ball. Outside of those two plays, however, Johnson was invisible, as is his M.O. this season.
|WR Griff Whalen, 21 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 9 - 0 (6 targets)|
Despite leading the teamís receivers in targets, Whalen could only produce nine yards on Sunday, a reminder of how limited he is as a receiver. Of course, Matt Hasselbeck
ís complete meltdown didnít help, but Whalenís weak attempt at one contested catch (which would have resulted in a first down) directly led to a tipped ball and Hasselbeckís second interception. Despite going up against a vulnerable secondary that should have resulted in a high amount of three and four-receiver sets, Whalen saw the field for just 21 snaps on Sunday.
After a dominating game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, Donte Moncrief
was a no-show against the Steelers on Sunday, failing to receive a single target until quarterback Charlie White
hurst came in for relief duty in the fourth quarter. He made the most of that target by showing his speed and after-the-catch ability, taking a shallow cross across the field and down the sideline, but it was too little, too late. It would be nice to blame Moncriefís struggles on Matt Hasselbeck
, whose abysmal game submarined the fantasy chances of the entire Colts offense, but Moncrief has been incredibly inconsistent all season. Sunday marked Moncriefís eighth game this season with less than 50 receiving yards, although his single target was a season low and just his third game this year with less than five targets.
|TE Coby Fleener, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 20 - 0 (8 targets)|
The Coltsí top receiving tight end had his usual four receptions on Sunday, but turned them into an embarrassingly low 20 yards, struggling after the catch as he has all season. The Colts gave him multiple opportunities to gain first downs, but he was tackled short of the sticks (by the first defender) on each one, until his final catch in the fourth quarter, when the game was all but decided. Fleener is ranked 61st of 68 tight ends in yards after the catch per reception, according to Pro Football Focus, which is problematic considering heís usually targeted within five to eight yards of the line of scrimmage.
|TE Dwayne Allen, 23 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (1 targets)|
The Coltsí oddly light usage of Dwayne Allen
continued on Sunday, with his sixth consecutive game of two or fewer receptions. Allen has been one of the biggest disappointments in Indianapolis this year, although it can largely be attributed to scheme and quarterback issues. He has just 23 targets on the season for 13 catches.
|QB Ben Roethlisberger, 73 offensive snaps, Pass: 24 - 39 - 364 - 4 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 13 - 0|
24 completions on 39 passing attempts for 364 yards and 4 touchdowns. He had a QBR rating of 95.9 and a QB passer rating of 126.4. Early 1st quarter, Roethlisberger led a drive with passes of 5,5, and 20 yards to Jesse James
, 21 yards to Darrius Heyward-Bey
, and 16 yards to Antionio Brown. The drive stalled in the red zone as the Steelers settled for a field goal. Mid 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger led an 80-yard touchdown drive with passes of 7 and 26 yards to Martavis Bryant
and 3, 26, and 7 yards to Brown. Roethlisberger completed a 7 yard touchdown pass to Brown to finish the drive. On the pass, the timing was perfect with Brown as he turned back from his defender to complete the reception. Roethlisberger completed the 2-point conversion with a pass to Will Johnson
in the back of the end-zone. Late 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger led a drive with passes of 18, 27, and 5 yards to Markus Wheaton
and passes of 10 and 15 yards to DeAngelo Williams
. Roethlisberger finished the drive with a 5 yard touchdown pass to Wheaton. On the play, Roethlisberger timed the pass well as Wheaton was running to the right corner of the end-zone. The Steelers led 21-10 at halftime and Roethlisberger had 219 yards and 2 touchdowns. Early 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger threw a 68 yard touchdown pass to Bryant, who was running down the left sideline. Bryant did the rest out-running the defense on Roethlisberger's 3rd touchdown of the game. Late 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger threw a well-timed deep pass to Brown for a 48 yard gain. Later in the drive, Roethlisberger finished the drive with a short 5 yard touchdown pass to Brown. On the pass, the timing was spot-on with Brown to cap a 4 touchdown night for Roethlisberger.
|RB DeAngelo Williams, 68 offensive snaps, Rush: 26 - 134 - 0, Rec: 5 - 31 - 0 (6 targets)|
received a heavy workload with 26 rushes for 134 yards, a 5.2 avg/per rush. He added 5 receptions on 6 targets for 31 yards. During the Steelers first offensive series, Williams patiently followed his fullback, Roosevelt Nix, as he ran up the middle and quickly cut-back to the left sideline for a 21 yard gain. A couple of plays later, Williams ran off the left tackle and was stripped of the ball resulting in a fumble. Late 2nd quarter, Williams caught a screen pass for a 10 yard reception. A few plays later, Williams caught another screen pass for a 15 yard reception. Williams number was called to grind the clock with the running game during the second half. Early 3rd quarter, Williams ran up the middle for a 7 yard gain. A few plays later, Williams took the hand-off and bounced to the left sideline for a 16 yard gain. Williams followed that up on the next play with a rush up the middle for a 13 yard gain. A couple of plays later, Williams ran off the left tackle for a 13 yard gain. Mid 4th quarter, Williams ran up the middle and then cut-back to the left sideline for a 18 yard gain.
|WR Antonio Brown, 73 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 118 - 2 (11 targets)|
was a game-changer on offense and special teams. Brown dominated his matchup with Colts cornerback, Vontae Davis. Brown had 8 receptions on 11 targets for 118 yards and 2 touchdowns. Brown added a punt return for a touchdown late in the game. Mid 1st quarter, Brown ran a short curl-route for a 16 yard reception after he broke a couple of tackles. Mid 2nd quarter, Brown ran a comeback-route for 3 yards. A few plays later, Brown ran an out-route for a 26 yard reception. Later in the drive on 3rd and 2, Brown ran a short route and turned around as soon as he entered the end-zone. The pass was waiting for Brown has he turned for the 7 yard touchdown reception. Late 3rd quarter, Brown ran a go-route for a 48 yard reception. On the play, Brown got behind double coverage to come down with the reception. Later in the drive, Brown ran a comeback-route for a 5 yard touchdown reception. On the play, Brown boxed out Vontae Davis for the touchdown. Late 4th quarter, Brown topped off his evening with a 71 yard punt return for a touchdown.
made an impact with another long touchdown reception. Bryant had 4 receptions on 8 targets for 114 yards and 1 touchdown. Mid 2nd quarter, Bryant ran a comeback-route for a 7 yard reception. A few plays later, Bryant ran a go-route down the left sideline for a 26 yard reception. Early 3rd quarter, Bryant got behind the Colts defense while running a sideline-route for a 68 yard touchdown reception. As soon as Bryant caught the pass, his speed was no match for the Colts secondary. Early 4th quarter, Bryant ran an out-route for a 13 yard reception.
had 3 receptions on 6 targets for 50 yards and 1 touchdown. Late 2nd quarter, Wheaton ran a comeback-route for a 18 yard reception. A few plays later, Wheaton ran a crossing-route over the middle for a 27 yard reception. A few plays later, Wheaton ran an out-route to the right corner of the end-zone for a 5 yard touchdown reception.
had 1 reception on 2 targets for 21 yards. Early in the 1st quarter, Heyward-Bey ran an out-route for a 21 yard reception.
|TE Jesse James, 67 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 30 - 0 (5 targets)|
started his first game with the Steelers and was involved in the passing game early on. James had 3 receptions on 5 targets for 30 yards. Early in the 1st quarter, James ran a curl-route for a 5 yard reception. A couple of plays later, James ran another curl-route for a 5 yard reception. James followed that up on the next play running a crossing-route for a 20 yard reception.