Colts Offense Flawless Against NFL's Top Scoring Defense

Intro: Hardly anyone was expecting a 34-point outburst from the Colts on Sunday afternoon in Minnesota. But that’s what took place in the 34-6 victory over the Vikings.

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INDIANAPOLIS – When teams have faced the Minnesota Vikings this season, the setting of franchise records is about the last thing that comes out of those games.

But the Colts did force some adjusting to record books after their 34-6 rout of the Vikings.

Going up against the NFL's top scoring defense, the Colts were missing their most versatile receiver and three of their top six offensive linemen.

Couple that, with Andrew Luck missing his most practice time of the season (in a game week he started) and no one could have seen such offensive outburst coming.

What did the Colts offense do on Sunday?

  • Coming into Week 15, the Vikings were the NFL's top scoring defense in allowing 17.3 points per game. The Colts doubled that with 34 points scored, eight more than the Vikings have given up in any game this season.
  • The Colts jumped out early with 21 first downs in the first half of play. That's the most for the team in a half since at least 1950.
  • In dominating time of possession in Sunday's first half, the Colts held the Vikings to just 13 offensive plays. That's the fewest an NFL team has had in a half since 2012.
  • Andrew Luck was not sacked all game long (for the first time all season) and was hit just two times. Minnesota had piled up the 4th most sacks through 14 weeks. There's a reason Chuck Pagano handed game balls out to the entire offensive line. The Colts are now 6-2 this season when Luck is sacked two times or less in a game.
  • The play of the line, with three rookies starting, was also dominant in the run game. The Colts had 161 net rushing yards, which tied a season-high. Frank Gore's 101 yards gave him his second 100-yard day of the season.
  • The 411 net yards of total offense for the Colts was the most the Vikings have allowed all year. Minnesota entered Week 15 having given up 304.3 yards per game defensively, the second fewest in the NFL.
  • The Colts had 27 first downs on Sunday, the most the Vikings had given up all season. Minnesota came into Sunday 4th in the NFL in first downs allowed per game (18.4).
  • The Colts were 7-of-13 (54 percent) in third-down conversions. That's the highest percentage the Vikings have allowed since the regular season opener.
  • Andrew Luck's 75 percent completion percentage (21-of-28) was easily the highest of any quarterback playing the Vikings this season.
  • The Vikings had a time of possession with 22:58 on Sunday. Their previous season-low in TOP this season was 27:19. Minnesota was averaging a TOP of 30:56 through 14 weeks (9th in the NFL).
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