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Week 16 Game Recap: Indianapolis Colts 16, Baltimore Ravens 23


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Indianapolis Colts

Jacoby Brissett was off at times, but he did enough to keep the Colts in the game with downfield passing to TY Hilton. Frank Gore still ran with the vigor of a younger player, and Marlon Mack flashed some potential on a catch and run that set up a field goal, including a few broken tackles.

Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco had a steady, if unspectacular performance in the rain. He used a myriad of targets and the touchdowns went to obscure options Maxx Williams and Mike Campanaro. Alex Collins led the backfield in touches again, but was contained on most of his carries.

Indianapolis Colts

QB Jacoby Brissett, 62 offensive snaps, Pass: 16 - 33 - 215 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 8 - 0
Brissett was victimized by drops on the first drive of the game and on the two-minute drill, but he also had a few throws go awry to slow down the offense, including a pass to TY Hilton in the red zone. A long pass to Hilton that could have been an even bigger play only got the team into field goal range because it was low. Brissett did account for the only Colts touchdown of the day on a screen pass to Frank Gore. A pass to Hilton got the team into field goal range again, but another pass behind Hilton stalled the drive before it got into the red zone. Brissett was able to convert a 4th down with a run to keep the team alive. He led a field goal drive to get the Colts within a score, and a blocked punt set the team up in Ravens territory for a chance to tie, but Brissett was under pressure and a pass into coverage in TY Hilton on fourth down fell incomplete.

RB Frank Gore, 46 offensive snaps, Rush: 17 - 68 - 0, Rec: 2 - 18 - 1 (2 targets)
Gore ran with an energy and power that was surprising considering his age and the punishment he has taken on a losing team this year. He exhibited patience on his inside runs, and a spring in his step on outside runs, even enough to make a tackler miss. He scored on a screen pass in the red zone to post the only Colts touchdown, and he was still winning collisions in the second half. Gore had a handful of touches on the possible game-tying drive including a good run and a screen pass, but when he tried to get outside, he was thrown for a loss and the drive eventually stalled.

RB Marlon Mack, 15 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 17 - 0, Rec: 2 - 37 - 0 (2 targets)
Mack actually had a good inside run to start his day, and he broke tackles on more than one touch in an uncharacteristic development. Mack did lose a yard on a run when he tried to get outside and couldn't get the corner, but he also took a short pass all the way into the red zone with good speed and yardage after contact, which set up a Colts field goal.

WR T.Y. Hilton, 62 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 100 - 0 (12 targets)
Hilton got open downfield with ease, but his quarterback didn't always give him accurate passes to finish the play. A long ball that could have been an even longer gain only got the team into field goal range because it was low. A ball in the red zone was a drop because it was behind Hilton. Hilton had key catches on more than one drive to key the offense in a very productive game that probably came too late for fantasy owners that had given up on him.

WR Chester Rogers, 58 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 19 - 0 (4 targets)
Rogers had a drop to end the first drive of the day, but did have a catch in the fourth quarter to get the team into Ravens territory when they were on the comeback trail. He has played a very small role after showing some promise after coming back from an injury this year.

WR Kamar Aiken, 50 offensive snaps (2 targets)
Aiken had a bad drop in the rain that typified a disappointing season for the free agent pickup.

TE Jack Doyle, 62 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 41 - 0 (10 targets)
Doyle got open for a few catches in the two minute drill and converted a third down, but wasn't a key cog in the offense for most of the game.


Baltimore Ravens

QB Joe Flacco, 73 offensive snaps, Pass: 29 - 38 - 237 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - -2 - 0
Flacco was steady and moved the offense consistently despite the rain. He worked the short passing game with skill and negotiated the pocket well against the mild Colts pass rush. Flacco converted third downs effectively and often atoned for mistakes - getting yardage back to preserve a field goal after a sack and finding Mike Campanaro for a score after he badly missed a wide open Nick Boyle. Flacco was able to use the middle of the field downfield with Mike Wallace and his arm was the main engine of the offense.

RB Alex Collins, 39 offensive snaps, Rush: 18 - 51 - 0, Rec: 3 - 15 - 0 (4 targets)
Collins was patient and ran hard, but save for a few runs that saw him break into the open field, he was usually met in the backfield or behind the line of scrimmage. He also had a fumble on a reception that was recovered by a teammate. Collins did have two chances on goal to go downs on one series, but ended up losing yards on a reception and was stymied on a carry. His best two plays were a sliding catch for a long reception after a Flacco scramble and a combative run to gain a first down once he got outside with a strong stiff arm.

RB Javorius Allen, 15 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 37 - 0, Rec: 1 - 10 - 0 (1 targets)
Allen was the secondary back behind Alex Collins again in this one. He did convert a third and a fourth down and had a pair of excellent runs to get the Ravens deep in Colts territory before being stacked up on a second and short. Allen was used in the red zone despite not scoring and his role is greater there than between the 20s.

RB Danny Woodhead, 19 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 8 - 0, Rec: 5 - 33 - 0 (6 targets)
Woodhead made a handful of receptions, displaying impressive ability to adjust to the ball in flight. He was involved on third down, in the two minute drill and in obvious passing situations, but was the least used of the Ravens main three backs.

WR Mike Wallace, 58 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 60 - 0 (6 targets)
It looked like Wallace was going to have a large role in this game based on the first drive, when he got open downfield in the middle of the field for a nice gain, but his targets ended up being sparse on the day. Later he added a big first down catch and got open downfield for a nice gain once again, but otherwise Flacco spread the ball around and chose to stay in the short passing game.

WR Mike Campanaro, 22 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 9 - 0, Rec: 2 - 21 - 1 (2 targets)
Campanaro had a small role, but it was impactful. He scored on a short touchdown catch, had a nice gain on an end around, drew two penalties as a receiver, and had a catch and run to set up a field goal.

TE Ben Watson, 48 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 40 - 0 (6 targets)
Watson once again looked spry for his age, and was involved early in the red zone with a first down reception. He broke tackles on another reception, but also had an ugly drop. His production was modest because of the involvement of the other two tight ends, but Watson is still an important target for Joe Flacco.

TE Nick Boyle, 49 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 9 - 0 (4 targets)
Boyle recovered an Alex Collins fumble and had a few chances to score in the red zone, but was stopped on one, and missed badly by Flacco on the other.

TE Maxx Williams, 38 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 6 - 1 (3 targets)
Williams scored on a reception as a fullback and he had another short reception, but looked sluggish after the catch and appears to have lost a step that he's not getting back.