3 Up, 3 Down: Six Players Who Powered the Colts’ Win Over the Bills

The Colts followed up their loss at New England by defending their home field and bringing their home record to 5-1. It was a a great team win, with a multitude of players to pick from (unlike last week). 

After the jump, check out six players who I think deserve a spotlight for their effort this week. 

Offense

Anthony Castonzo

Castonzo had an inconsistent start to the season, but has been fantastic for the last three weeks. To put this in perspective, Castonzo averaged just over four pressures per game during the first nine weeks, but has only allowed one sack, one hit, and two hurries throughout the last three weeks. This is the third week in a row that Castonzo has had a top 10 tackle grade from PFF, as he has been consistent in both run and pass blocking.

T.Y. Hilton

Any time you account for all of the team's touchdowns in a game, you have a pretty good shot at getting on this list. Hilton's come on in recent weeks, catching at least three passes for at least 30 yards in a all but three games this season. Last week he came up big with 100 yards, and this week he finished with a great touchdown catch, and 18-yard catch on 3rd and 11, and an electric punt return. 

Reggie Wayne

Wayne has  been consistent all season, and Sunday was an perfect picture of that. It was Wayne's 59th consecutive game with at least three catches, a new NFL record. He's had at least seventy yards in every game this season, but Sunday was just his third 100-yard game. He leads the league in catches, and is second only to Megatron in yards. The fact that he continues to do this on a weekly basis is staggering.

Defense

Dwight Freeney/Robert Mathis

It may have been difficult to tell from the box score, as the two managed just one sack between them, but this was the two's best game together. Ryan Fitzpatrick has one of the shorter snap-to-throw times in the league, and the two still combined for 11 quarterback pressures.  Both players had the top two pass rushing grades for 3-4 OLBs for the week.

Jerrell Freeman

Freeman has been one of the most surprisingly solid players on the year, and Sunday was his best game yet. My personal player of the game, Freeman finished with 16 tackles and eight defensive stops. Freeman was solid in coverage as well, helping to limit the Bills' explosive running backs to just two catches for four yards. 

Kyle J. Rodriguez

About Kyle J. Rodriguez

A film and numbers guru, Kyle writes about the NFL and the Indianapolis Colts for Bleacher Report, Draft Mecca and The Football Educator, and is a co-founder and associate editor of Colts Authority. Kyle also is a high school sports reporter for the MLive Media Group in Michigan, covering high school sports across the state.

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