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Week 14 Game Recap: Indianapolis Colts 35, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38

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Indianapolis Colts

The Colts offense was inconsistent against the Buccaneers. 17 of the Colts points came off of turnovers including 7 from a pick six and the Colts struggled to produce offensively when they needed to most. Jacoby Brissett played well outside of a few ugly throws early in the game. Brissett made key plays to keep the Colts in the game. Brissett made big plays downfield and kept drives alive with his legs. Zach Pascal was quiet early in the game but showed his strong hands and play making ability as the game went on. Marcus Johnson had two big catches downfield and drew a pass interference penalty. Johnson was able to create separation downfield with ease. Marlon Mack returned as the lead back and played well but did not see a high volume of touches. Jack Doyle had a drop and was not very involved in the offense.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jameis Winston threw for new career high in yards, while tossing four touchdowns and three interceptions. He injured the thumb of his throwing hand and had to be relieved by Ryan Griffen briefly, but returned and threw another touchdown. Mike Evans was not so lucky, as he pulled up lame with a hamstring injury while roasting a Colts defender for a 61 yard touchdown. Winston is on track to start this week with a hairline fracture in his thumb, but Evans is doubtful. Backup WR Justin Watson had a career game with 59 yards and a touchdown in Evans' absence. OJ Howard saw increased looks with Evans out, but Cameron Brate once again found the end zone.

Indianapolis Colts

QB Jacoby Brissett, 63 offensive snaps, Pass: 19 - 36 - 251 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 26 - 0
Jacoby Brissett played well against the Buccaneers. Brissett missed a few throws but made key plays with his legs and arm. Following an interception Jacoby Brissett found Marcus Johnson deep downfield for a 46 yard touchdown. Johnson was wide open on the play and Brissett's pass was slightly late and underthrown but good enough for 6 points. After some off target throws and failed possessions Brissett got the Colts back on track with a touchdown drive. Brissett made two key conversions with his legs on the drive the first was a 3rd down scramble and the second was a read option keeper on 4th and 1. Marlon Mack capped the drive with a 1 yard touchdown. On the Colts ensuing possession Brissett heaved a bomb down the sideline to Marcus Johnson for a 50 yard gain to set up a field goal before halftime. Brissett's throw was very good but not perfect allowing Johnson to make a play. Brissett put together an impressive drive featuring Zach Pascal. Brissett hit Pascal in stride for 37 yards on a deep crossing route then threw an absolute dime to Pascal in the corner of the end zone for a 12 yard score. The score gave the Colts a 14 point lead but a fumble in scoring position followed by a missed field gave the Buccaneers the lead. The Colts failed to get anything going on their final possession trailing by 3.

RB Marlon Mack, 26 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 38 - 1
Marlon Mack returned to the lineup as the starter and played well. Mack showed off his patented patience and consistency running the ball that the Colts missed over the last few games. Mack struggled to find room to run especially between the tackles against the Buccaneers. Mack did find some room to run on the edges. The Colts seemed to give Mack more plays off than usual perhaps easing him back in coming off of a hand injury. Mack also wasn't used as a receiver. Mack ran a dive play run up the middle for a 2 yard touchdown. Mack got around the edge on a toss play and picked up 13 yards before being knocked out of bounds.

RB Nyheim Hines, 35 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 1 - 0, Rec: 4 - 24 - 0 (5 targets)
Nyheim Hines was used as a underneath receiver and as a change of pace back. Hines had the ball punched out his hands as he reached to gain additional yardage on one of his receptions. The fumble cost the Colts points but Hines was not punished for it and was back in on the Colts ensuing possession.

WR Zach Pascal, 63 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 74 - 1 (9 targets)
Zach Pascal was quiet to start the game but made numerous plays down the stretch. Pascal made his first catch for 9 yards running a comeback route. Pascal picked up 37 yards running a deep crossing route. Pascal did a great job of fighting through contact on the route to get open over the middle. Pascal beat double coverage running a corner route for a 12 yard touchdown. Pascal made the route and catch look effortless. Pascal converted the two point attempt with a catch in the flat off of play action. Pascal caught a screen pass for 7 yards. Pascal made an impressive contested 9 yard catch running a comeback route showing off strong hands

WR Marcus Johnson, 56 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 105 - 1 (7 targets)
Marcus Johnson looked like the Colts number two receiver. Johnson did have a drop but otherwise played very well. Johnson showed impressive speed and ball skills. Johnson got well behind his man deep downfield on what appeared to be a blown coverage and won a jump ball with a safety for a 46 yard touchdown. Johnson once again got well behind his defender then caught a jump ball deep downfield this time for a 50 yard gain. Johnson dropped an underneath target that would have gone for a minimal gain. Johnson caught a check down from Brissett for 9 yards. Johnson drew a 45 yard pass interference penalty. Johnson beat his man badly deep and the defender simply tackled Johnson before the ball arrived to prevent another big play. The play could have been a 70 yard touchdown to Johnson.

TE Jack Doyle, 49 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 27 - 0 (6 targets)
Jack Doyle saw a limited number of targets and had a drop. Doyle made an 8 yard catch on 3rd and 5 running a quick out route. Doyle had a potential 10 yard catch and 3rd down conversion bounce off his hands. Doyle released down the sideline and made an 18 yard catch on 3rd and 1 while Brissett was scrambling.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

QB Jameis Winston, 72 offensive snaps, Pass: 33 - 45 - 456 - 4 TD / 3 INT, Rush: 6 - 5 - 1
Winston passed for a career high 456 yards despite exiting briefly in the 2nd half with what wound up being a hairline fracture in the thumb of his throwing hand. Wintson squared up and found Colts linebacker Darius Leonard with his first pass attempt of the game while looking in the general direction of a couple of receivers crossing deep. He punched in a short QB sneak from inside the 1 yard line at the end of the 1st quarter. Winston found Leonard once again right in the middle of the field at the end of the 1st half for a pick six. Winston and the offense drove down again after the pick six and Winston found Cameron Brate for a short touchdown to close out the first half of play. Winston hit OJ Howard up the seam for a 33 yard gain in the 3rd quarter to set up a touchdown pass to Justin Watson on a skinny post. He led another touchdown drive at the end of the 4th quarter, completing a deep ball to Perriman and then sealing the drive with a touchdown on a deep out route to Perriman. Ryan Griffen briefly relieved Winston, who returned to play through his thumb injury and throw another late touchdown. It appears that Winston will start against the Lions in week 15.

RB Ronald Jones, 27 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 36 - 0, Rec: 4 - 23 - 0 (5 targets)
Jones started the game, but he and Barber posted nearly identical stat lines on the ground with 11 carries each. Neither found the end zone. Jones got a couple more looks in the passing game, managing 23 yards on 5 targets. Dare Ogunbowale continues to be featured in passing situations, especially the two minute drill.

RB Peyton Barber, 30 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 34 - 0, Rec: 2 - 19 - 0 (2 targets)
Barber entered the game after Jones, but received as many carries throughout the game. He caught a short crossing route from a scrambling Winston and turned it into a 16 yard gain in the 2nd quarter, his longest gain of the day.

RB Dare Ogunbowale, 23 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 48 - 0 (5 targets)
Ogunbowale lost a fumble on his first reception of the day in the 1st quarter. He picked up a couple of nice gains in the passing game during the two minute drill at the end of the first half. Ogunbowale picked up his longest gain, 17 yards, on a 3rd quarter checkdown pass from Winston.

WR Chris Godwin, 74 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 91 - 0 (9 targets)
All the pressure was on Godwin after Mike Evans left in the first quarter with a hamstring injury. The Colts focused on covering Godwin, but he still managed 7 receptions on a team high 9 targets as opportunities opened up in the passing game for Watson, Perriman, and Howard. Godwin's first reception was a nice catch and run on a crossing route in the 1st quarter. Godwin made another one handed catch in extreme traffic in the 2nd quarter, reminiscent of his circus-catch for a touchdown last week. Godwin got loose up the seam for 28 yards later in the second, his biggest gain of the day. Godwin was the target on one of Winston's interceptions to Darius Leonard, but the fault was the quarterback's.

WR Justin Watson, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 59 - 1 (8 targets)
Watson got his first real NFL action after Evans left with a hamstring injury. He snagged his first catch at the end of the 1st half of play and nearly followed it up with a touchdown, but a defender made a good play on the ball as Winston targeted Watson in the end zone. Winston targeted him again on the next play, but Watson came up a few yards short of the end zone on the reception. Watson got behind his defender on a skinny post route late in the 3rd quarter for the first touchdown of his NFL career. Watson rounded his day out with another nice gain up the seam on the following drive and an out route early in the 4th. Watson seems to be occupying Mike Evan's spot in the offense, with Perriman rotating in as the 3rd receiver. Scotty Miller could steal some snaps if he returns from injury this week.

WR Breshad Perriman, 65 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 70 - 1 (5 targets)
Perriman's first reception was a deft, one-handed snag as he crossed the field and worked open for a scrambling Winston. Perriman was open on a corner route in the end zone in the 4th quarter, but Winston overthrew him as he attempted to evade pressure. Perriman tipped a pass up later in the 4th, resulting in an interception. He made up for it on the next drive with a big 31 yard reception down the right sideline and a touchdown reception on a deep out route three plays later.

WR Mike Evans, 18 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 61 - 1 (2 targets)
Evans roasted his defender on a 61 yard deep ball down the right sideline at the end of the 1st quarter. Unfortunately, he pulled up lame with an obvious hamstring injury, but he toughed it out and hobbled into the end zone for the score. Evans left the game following the play and is doubtful to return for next week's contest.

TE O.J. Howard, 68 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 73 - 0 (5 targets)
Howard drew some nice looks from Winston after Evans left the game and Indianapolis focused their defense on stopping Godwin. Howard got open up the left seam for a 28 yard gain in the 3rd quarter. His biggest gain of the day was a deep route down the right sideline early in the 4th quarter that picked up 33 yards. Cameron Brate, however, found the end zone at the end of the first half of play.

TE Cameron Brate, 24 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 30 - 1 (4 targets)
Brate split out wide right for his first reception, a short curl route to convert 3rd and 2 yards. Brate very nearly scored on an out route at the end of the 1st, but he landed just short of the goal line after launching himself into the air around the 5 yard line. Brate ended the first half with a touchdown reception on a short out route from the 3 yard line. OJ Howard made all the downfield plays, but Brate continues to be an occasional touchdown vulture and could see more looks with Evans out for the time being.