INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts had not won a true road game since October 6, 2019. They broke that streak in a 19-11 win over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in the Windy City.
The Colts were again anchored by the defense who held the Bears to just three points all game long, only until allowing them to score a touchdown inside two minutes left in the game. They also picked off Bears quarterback Nick Foles once and held the Bears offense to just 28 yards rushing.
“I love playing for this defense,” said defensive back Julian Blackmon, who was the player who hauled in that interception. “First thing was that was key is we knew we had to stop the run. Once we made them one dimensional it made it a lot easier for us to be in good positions to make pass breakups.”
The Colts turned some of that stellar defensive play into offense with quarterback Philip Rivers leading the Colts to an opening drive score on a 13-yard pass play to tight end Mo-Alie Cox.
That would be the only touchdown scored by the Colts as their next five scoring drives resulted in field goals by rookie kicker Rodrigo Blankenship.
“Great team win,” said Colts head coach Frank Reich. “That’s what we just talked about in there. Coming on the road, coming up hereto Soldier Field against an undefeated team and in their place, we wanted to come in here and play good in all three phases and felt like this was — we didn’t play perfect, but we played good.”
Though Rivers finished the day without an interception, it was also his least productive day through the air thus far this season throwing for 190 yards and a touchdown.
“I didn’t think it was going to be just smooth sailing,” said Rivers Obviously, we scored that first drive. But, again, there’s a lot to clean up, but I think that’s okay. We didn’t do the dumb things.”
Running back Jonathan Taylor added 68 yards on the ground.
The Colts have won three-straight games and are just a half-game behind the Tennessee Titans in the early AFC South standings.
They stay on the road next week to face a hot Cleveland Browns team that is coming off a shocking win 49-38 win over the Dallas Cowboys.