The Indianapolis Colts (7:5) earned a 31:28 overtime win against the Tennessee Titans (4:8) at Nissan Stadium.
After defeating the Titans and winning in Nashville for the first time since 2018, the Colts are now on a four-game winning streak with five games remaining in their playoff push.
Now it’s time to take a look at how this game has affected the stocks of a handful of players.
When assessing a player’s performance, it is best to adopt a fluid approach. A player’s stock will fall and rise throughout the season, so none of this is set in stone. However, it is important to note the narratives and storylines that take place over the course of the campaign.
A player’s stock can be affected by factors such as his performance or the type of snaps he receives during games.
Here’s a look at the Colts’ stock report after the Week 13 win:
Pierce played his best game of the season despite only conceding three balls. For the first time in his career, Pierce reached 100 yards in a game. It all started on the opening drive, capped by Pierce’s 36-yard touchdown reception to put the Colts on the field. Then he made it in overtime with a 55-yard reception that set up the walk-off touchdown. Pierce’s role won’t allow him to finish a game with double digits, but if they can expand on some of those good plays it would open up the offense significantly.
Although he didn’t allow a sack, Freeland was credited with allowing a team-high five pressures, including a quarterback hit, in 46 pass-blocking snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. The rookie has been put in some tough situations as a starter and essentially held that role Sunday, playing all but three snaps after Braden Smith injured his knee. Of all tackles with fewer than 300 pass-blocking snaps, Freeland has allowed the second-most pressures (30).
Cross saw a sharp increase in snaps during the divisional match, playing 31 snaps. For the entire season through Week 13, Cross had seen a total of 20 snaps. He was targeted twice in coverage and did not allow a reception while adding a pass breakup. He was also the one who forced the fumble/blocked punt on the Titans’ second punt attempt after the Colts blocked the previous attempt and returned it for a touchdown. It will be interesting to see if this expanded role continues into the future.
Lewis quietly continues to have a strong season. He was credited with six presses, tied for a team best along with Samson Ebukam and DeForest Buckner. He was also credited with two run stops, according to Pro Football Focus. As long as he stays healthy, Lewis is proving he may be deserving of another contract this spring.