What caught my eye during the Colts’ 22-14 win over the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium:

Change, finally a difference

Fans have been begging for a change at running back. The Colts finally obliged, pulling Trent Richardson at running back and starting Donald Brown.

It mattered not at all, until everything mattered.

At the end of three quarters, the Colts had rushed 13 times for 25 yards. Brown had 5 yards on seven carries and Richardson 19 yards on four attempts.

But with the Colts holding a 15-14 lead, they faced a first-and-10 at their own 8-yard line. They actually ran the ball down the Titans’ collective throat – seven rushes for 70 yards. Brown ran with authority, rushing six times for 46 yards. Luck converted a huge third-and-2 with a 24-yard run around right end.

More change, more of same

Another lineup change saw the Colts insert Jeff Linkenbach at right guard for Mike McGlynn. The interior of QB Andrew Luck’s protection has been porous all season.

It remained a problem. Luck was sacked four times in the first half, all in the second quarter, and went down again in the third quarter. The five sacks tied a career high for Luck. And the sacks don’t include the number of times he was whacked while delivering a pass.

Difference on defense

While the offense was getting virtually nothing done, the defense did enough to make a difference. CB Cassius Vaughn came up with a pair of interceptions against Titans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and LB Robert Mathis forced a fumble with his 15-1/2th sack. LB Jerrell Freeman recovered.

Vintage Vinatieri

The oldest Colt continued to play like someone in his prime. Adam Vinatieri tied a personal best and a club record with five field goals. Considering how poorly the offense played, Vinatieri’s contributions were critical – 47-, 48-, 45-, 37- and 49-yard field goals.