Anyone looking for bright spots in the Indianapolis Colts’ Sunday performance won’t find many.
But there were a few. And, of course, they were mostly on offense in a 51-34 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.
Rookie wide receiver Donte Moncrief, the team’s third-round pick last May, showed he’s deserving of more playing time, especially while Reggie Wayne is sidelined by an elbow injury and perhaps when Wayne returns, too.
Hakeem Nicks started, but Moncrief came off the bench and caught seven passes for 113 yards and his first NFL touchdown. He had a long catch of 52 yards. Nicks, meanwhile, had only one 27-yard catch.
Moncrief’s catch total tied running back Ahmad Bradshaw for team-high honors. The rookie had entered with nine catches for 103 yards this season.
Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton caught six passes for 155 yards and one TD. Hilton has had at least 100 yards receiving in four of the past five games. He now has 2,810 career receiving yards, most in team history for a player in his first three NFL seasons.
Bradshaw, starting for the injured Trent Richardson, caught seven passes for 52 yards and ran six times for 35 yards with one TD. He leads the team with eight TDs this season.
Tight end Dwayne Allen caught only one pass, but it was for a 21-yard touchdown. Allen has six scoring catches this season.
Quarterback Andrew Luck completed 26-of-45 yards for 400 yards with three TDs and two interceptions. He’s passed for 300-plus yards in six consecutive games.
Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson led the Colts with 13 tackles. Safety Mike Adams had 11.
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