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The Colts won in convincing fashion in the first round of the playoffs to send the Houston Texans on their way. The game was the perfect example of what this team is capable of when they are really firing Kenny Moore Jersey Stitched , as they got out to two consecutive long touchdown drives to start the game with a defensive three and out in between. By the time the second quarter arrived, the game felt well in the Colts’ control, and only a badly called touchdown in the fourth quarter for the Texans saved it from being a shutout. There were plenty of winners to go around in this one, so let’s get started with them. WinnersBraden SmithPhoto by Tim Warner/Getty ImagesWhile Smith might not be the name that makes the most sense to lead off our winners as he is not the flashy big play guy, he once again handled J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney like a seasoned veteran. While Quenton Nelson makes the Pro Bowl and First-Team All-Pro, Smith is also doing incredible things, and eliminating J.J. Watt is a big one. There were very few things that the Monday Night Football broadcast crew got right in their call of the game, but one of them from Booger was that J.J. Watt knocking down the ball was great, but ultimately, he had to start getting to Andrew Luck. He isn’t wrong. While batting the ball obviously can pay off as it resulted in an interception, he was unable to get to pressure on Luck, and as a result Youth Eric Ebron Jersey , Luck diced up their defense. Braden Smith deserves major credit for the year he has had.T.Y. HiltonPhoto by Bob Levey/Getty ImagesFrom the moment that he showed up to the airport with his Joker backpack we should have known. T.Y. Hilton doesn’t do much talking off the field. He is one of the “let my play do my talking” kind of guys. When he arrived at NRG Stadium in a Pennywise the Clown mask, it was a clear sign of how he felt about being disrespected by a player he has routinely dominated. The whole first drive of the game was the Luck and Hilton show. He had 85 yards on the day, but most of those came in the first quarter. He made big plays early that required the defense to pay attention to him, and the running game took over from there. Marlon MackPhoto by Tim Warner/Getty ImagesLet me say this loud one more time for the people in the back—the Colts are not signing Le’Veon Bell in the offseason. Why would they? Marlon Mack has been great as the lead back in a versatile running back room that has a solid coach in Tom Rathman. This is a group that will continue to get even better, and Mack looks like a completely different guy than last season. Despite only playing in 12 games this season, Mack is 16th in total rushing yards and 6th in yards per game for backs with at least 50 attempts. His 148 rushing yards set a new franchise record for the most rushing yards in a playoff game. That would be impressive in its own right, but that performance came against a team that Football Outsiders had as the top run defense in the league in 2018. What is even more encouraging than that? The team he’ll face next, the Kansas City Chiefs, ranks dead last in stopping the run. Andrew LuckPhoto by Tim Warner/Getty ImagesLuck did not have a remarkable day in terms of his statistical output. You’d have had to watch the film to see his brilliance. He didn’t rush throws, put good touch on the ball when it was needed, and threw darts into close windows when the coverage called for it. In short, he played efficient football and didn’t make mistakes. That was all that was needed given the success of the running game. He continues to make plays with his feet Eric Ebron Jersey Stitched , both extending plays and hitting guys downfield, and scrambling for first downs when the opportunity presents itself. His lone interception was more about J.J. Watt’s good play than a bad throw or decision. It might not stand out as an iconic playoff performance, but it was a solid one that got the job done.Kenny MooreTroy Taormina-USA TODAY SportsHow have we made it this far into this story without talking about Kenny Moore? It has been the Kenny Moore show on defense the past two weeks as the Colts corner has really turned it on. His performance against the Texans was crucial, getting a sack as well as another QB hit and breaking up a couple passes in addition to snagging another interception. This is perfect timing for Moore, who has had a solid season, but over the past two games has kicked his play up a notch. If the Colts are going to continue winning, it will take more on defense than just Darius Leonard making plays, and while the defensive line has shown all year the ability to impact the game, having the secondary coming alive as the playoffs get under way is a huge boost to this defense. Clayton GeathersMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsMuch like Ryan Kelly does for the offense, Clayton Geathers is a big impact player for the defense. His 9 tackles and pass defended don’t tell the whole story of what he brings in terms of defending the run, but his attitude and leadership on the field alone are notable. He is a more disciplined player than George Odum, who is best as a special teamer Youth Ryan Grant Jersey , and so having him their to defend the run and help keep contain was a big deal. The Colts often opened up the middle a bit too much and let Watson run there and pick up first downs. However, that was only taking place once the game was well in hand and if your defense is forcing the opposing quarterback to run the ball in order to win, they’re doing something right. Geathers being back gave some more heart to the defense and the Colts need him healthy throughout the rest of the playoffs to make a run.Frank ReichIndy Star-USA TODAY NETWORKThis game was about as expertly called as any we have seen all year. It was the picture of excellent preparation, flawless execution, and wrong-footing your opponent. Frank Reich has largely done an amazing job this season, which can make you forget at times that this is his first year as a head coach. Like the rest of the team and staff, he is still improving as a coach and growing. This was his best game yet, and he is raising his own game at the perfect time.Honorable Mentions: Dontrelle Inman, Darius Leonard, Al Quadin Muhammad, Quenton NelsonLosersKansas City ChiefsDenny Medley-USA TODAY SportsEdit: So I see that I completely messed this one up, as many of you have pointed out correctly that the Chiefs would have played the Chargers in the divisional round with a Colts loss. I do still hold that the Chiefs lose here Ryan Grant Jersey Stitched , because the Chargers are the team they know. While they have been playing well, we saw in our game how familiarity impacts the planning, and it showed in the Ravens vs Chargers game as well. Instead of a familiar face, the Chiefs will host an arguably hotter Colts team, and the Patriots get to be losers too because they have to deal with a Chargers team that is playing really well. They’re also losers because they’re just the worst. If you are the Chiefs, you should definitely have to be disappointed that the Texans didn’t get a win here. The Texans were one of the weaker teams in the playoffs and the Chiefs match up well against them in every way. Instead, the Colts are the ones they will host in Arrowhead. Chiefs fans are haunted by gutting playoff losses to the Colts, one of which provided a staple performance from Andrew Luck that most of us will never forget. While ultimately the past doesn’t matter, that doesn’t stop it from unnerving fans, as Colts fans know well. Instead of the Texans, the Chiefs will face a Colts team that is red hot, has no fear Youth Matt Slauson Jersey , and just seems to be getting better. The final practice of the Senior Bowl is in the books as the teams concluded practice today. It was a good final practice where a lot of players showed their best stuff on the last day. The practices are more valuable than the games because the scouts can really see how these players play in different situations so this was the real final test for these players.Today I was able to watch both the North and South practices and get my eyes on as many players as possible so here are my stock up and stock down reports on some Senior Bowl players this afternoon.Stock UpWR’s Deebo Samuel and Terry McLaurinThe top two receivers of Senior Bowl week continued their dominance today. It started early with McLaurin (Ohio State) dominating the one on one reps in the morning practice and continuing his dominance of being simply uncoverable. He has truly put on a route running clinic this week and his athleticism is so impressive up close. Samuel (South Carolina) was amazing today. He put on an absolute show in the 7 on 7s and solidified himself as a top 50 player in this draft class for me. Great week for these two guys.Tight Ends Dax Raymond and Trevon WescoThe tight end group has been incredible in Mobile this year— which is quite indicative of the entire tight end class— and they showed out again today. Raymond (Utah State) is a big player who is so smooth as a mover. He is an impressive route runner too and made quite a few plays in one on ones and 7 on 7s. Wesco (WVU) has been superb all week and is a silky smooth player for his 275 pound frame. He is an excellent blocker and makes excellent cuts. Throw in that he has soft hands and Wesco will make an NFL team very happy. Both of these guys were excellent today.WR’s Penny Hart and Travis FulghamSamuel and McLaurin are both big name guys but what about the small schoolers? Hart (Georgia State) has been outstanding all week and he capped off a great week with an even better day today. He is so smooth out of his cuts and has no wasted movements in his route running. Fulgham (Old Dominion) is a bit bigger of a receiver and won with his route running and physicality today. With their small school status both of these guys have needed big weeks. I think they are risers after this week in Mobile.OT’s Chuma Edoga and Andre DillardDillard came into the week with the expectation that he would dominate. What has resulted is the best offensive tackle performance in Mobile this year. Dillard (Washington State) has dominated players all week with excellent footwork and hand usage. He really wears defenders down and is really an impressive tackle. Edoga (USC) is a bit lesser known of a player but really made a name for himself this week. He is a bit skinny and will have to add some weight but he moves really well in space and has impressive length. He shut down players all day in one on ones yet again. These two definitely improved their stock this week.DB’s Will Harris and Amani Oruwariye It wasn’t all glory for the receivers all day as two defensive backs had solid days. Safety Will Harris (Boston College) looked good in one on one’s, especially when intercepting a pass intended for Andy Isabella early in the practice. In 7 on 7s, his drops were solid and he looked comfortable in the box too. Amani Oruwariye (Penn State) was having a bit of a down week until a strong performance today. He looked good mirroring receivers off of the line of scrimmage and was competitive at the catch point. After a pretty quiet week of practice, he needed a strong day like today.RB Dexter WilliamsThe running back group has had a fairly rough week. Nobody has really stepped up and the group just hasn’t looked great. All except for Dexter Williams (Notre Dame) though. He has looked excellent in the team sections of drills and runs with a ton of power and downhill energy. His ability to plant his foot and get upfield has been really impressive all week. I’m quickly becoming a big fan of his game.Stock DownSafety Nasir AdderleyI wasn’t the biggest fan of Adderley coming into the week and I didn’t come away super impressed. He is really twitchy and a great mover from the single high safety spot. My biggest question though is if he can offer more in terms of man coverage or run defense. I honestly didn’t see positive impact in those areas this week. To add to that I think his instincts deep aren’t great and I’m not in love with him as a player. Good, rangy safety but this week pulled me away from any thoughts of first round talk.Every QB not named Drew LockOutside of Drew Lock— who was excellent in every interview and got better each day of practice— the quarterbacks really struggled all week. Trace McSorley is not an NFL player, Ryan Finley and Gardner Minshew don’t have the arms or velocity to be starters, Will Grier is really inaccurate and struggles on the move, and Tyree Jackson is a major major project. Tough week for the QBs and they struggled in every facet. DBs Kris Boyd and Juan ThornhillThis week has not been too kind to defensive backs at all. Two big name guys that I thought really struggled were cornerback Kris Boyd (Texas) and safety Juan Thornhill (Virginia). Boyd is a good athlete and a stud in the run game. He is just so bad in coverage. He struggles with instincts, anticipation, and technique and really can’t stick in coverage. Thornhill hasn’t really had a terrible week but he looks really limited as a mover and struggled in man coverage a lot. A quiet week along with showing he is only a two deep player is a tad concerning for his stock.