Jacoby Brissetthad his ‘This is my team now’ game in Week 3.
TheIndianapolis Coltsquarterback, taking the reins after Andrew Luck’s stunning retirement, diced up theAtlanta Falconsto the tune of 310 yards on 28-of-37 passing with two touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 118.1 passer rating.
Brissett opened the tilt with 16 consecutive completions, tying Peyton Manning for second-most consecutive completions in a game by aColtsQB since 1991 (as far back as NFL Research data goes). Brissett also accomplished something Luck never did, becoming just the third QB inColtsfranchise history with a 115-plus passer rating in two of the first three weeks of a season — Peyton Manning (2009, 2004) and Johnny Unitas (1964).
In Brissett’s first two games, theColtsleaned heavily on the running game, with the QB throwing for fewer than 200 yards in each tilt. Those game plans might have led some to believe the coaching staff was protecting the QB from carrying the load. Brissett put those hot takes to rest of Sunday’s tilt.
With theFalconskeying on stopping the run, Brissett peppered the Atlanta secondary, including a gorgeous fake to getZach Pascalwide open for a touchdown. Brissett showed accuracy to all levels of the field and rapport with the pass-catching corps, hitting nine different targets.
“That’s exactly how he’s been since the minute 12 retired,” receiverChester Rogerssaid. “He’s had this ‘I’m the captain now’ attitude, just this look that told us all, ‘I’m ready. Let’s roll.'”
“He was never scared,” added running backNyheim Hines.
Brissett proved his mettle when the game tightened down the stretch. After theFalconstwice closed the gap to three points, the QB responded with big plays. AfterMatt Ryancut the lead to 20-17, Brissett led an 11-play, 75-yard TD drive.
TheColtsran the four-minute drill to perfection after another late Atlanta score. Indy churned out three first downs forcing theFalconsto burn all three timeouts. Then on a third-and-4 from the 27-yard-line, with 1:56 remaining, Reich didn’t take the conservative approach, instead putting the ball in Brissett’s hands. The QB found tight endJack Doylefor an 11-yard gain to ice the game.
“I mean, we just had a lot of confidence from Day 1,” Reich said. “Everything about him says that he has (confidence) … he’s doing it. This is as great as he’s played today.”
TheColtsmight not be as dynamic an offense without Luck, but Brissett proved he’s fully capable of stacking wins in Reich’s offense.