Jeff Saturday’s head coaching career with the Indianapolis Colts got off to a good start as he guided the team to a 25-20 win over the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday.
Saturday’s first order of business was to reinstall Matt Ryan as the starting quarterback, and the veteran didn’t disappoint. Ryan was 21 for 28 with 222 passing yards and one touchdown pass. He also broke up a 39-yard run.
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The Colts’ offense was bolstered by Jonathan Taylor’s 147 rushing yards. He had a 66-yard touchdown rush in the game. Parris Campbell led the way with seven catches for 76 yards.
Indianapolis allowed 309 yards and 18 first downs but managed to snap its three-game losing streak.
Saturday, who was hired by ESPN to replace Frank Reich, immediately came under intense scrutiny before taking office. That didn’t really ease the pressure when one of his Oct. 30 tweets went viral.
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“The Raiders look horrible,” he wrote as an analyst.
But after the victory, the NFL world gave its support on Saturday.
The Raiders, who have offensive firepower in Derek Carr and Davante Adams, have spat in recent weeks. Carr had two touchdown passes in Sunday’s loss and running back Josh Jacobs had a rushing touchdown, but the team couldn’t stop Indianapolis.
Carr was 24 for 38 with 248 passing yards. Jacobs rushed for 78 yards and Adams led the team with nine catches for 126 yards and a touchdown. Foster Moreau had three catches for 43 yards and another touchdown.
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Las Vegas fell to 2-7 on the year. Indianapolis went to 4-5-1.