For a game that once had so much potential, Week 5's Thursday Night Football showing between the Broncos and Colts was less like a neck-and-neck sprint between two thoroughbreds and more like one last feeble limp toward the back of the barn.
Offensive spotlight: The less said about the quarterback play in this one, the better. Colts QB Matt Ryan went 26-of-41 for 254 yards and two interceptions, throwing only 6.8 yards down the football field on average. He took six sacks, recorded three turnover-worthy plays and could well come out of PFF's grading reviews with the worst single-game grade of his career.
Wilson wasn't all that much better, going 21-of-39 for 274 yards and two interceptions. His average depth of throw (10.9 yards) was considerably higher than Ryan's, but his performance was chock-full of baffling decisions with the ball, and he finished with at least four turnover-worthy plays on the night.
Under pressure, these two veterans combined for 10 completions from 20 attempts, with two interceptions, four turnover-worthy plays and 10 sacks mixed in.
Defensive spotlight: The Broncos defense did not deserve to lose this game. Bradley Chubb, D.J. Jones and Mike Purcell combined for 11 total pressures on first review, while Patrick Surtain II gave up just 37 yards and just one first down across five targets in coverage.
However, Stephon Gilmore stole the show with a game-changing late interception, having been tested one too many times. Gilmore was targeted seven times on the night, but he gave up only three catches for 17 yards, good for a 10.7 passer rating allowed.
Rookie spotlight: Colts wideout Alec Pierce led his teammates in targets and receiving yards tonight. He dropped one of his nine catchable targets, but he went 3-of-3 in contested situations and moved the chains five times.
Offensive line spotlight: The Colts offensive line was taken to school time and time again by the Denver pass rush, and they gave up five sacks, one hit and 14 hurries across 48 pass-blocking snaps. If the initial grading holds, their 20 total pressures allowed will be the fourth-worst single-game mark for a Colts offensive line over the last five years.
|Matt Ryan||8.1||26 / 41||251||6.1||0||2||6||60.1|
|Russell Wilson||11.2||21 / 39||274||7.0||0||2||4||54.9|
|Melvin Gordon III||13.3||15||54||3.6||0||17|
|Michael Pittman Jr.||10.9||8||5||59||7.4||0|
|Melvin Gordon III||13.3||3||3||49||16.3||0|