Colts Rally Falls Short
A night marked by blown pass patterns and errant throws, it looked like the Colts were about to pull off one of their signature comebacks. But for whatever reason, Adam Vinatieri missed one that he's made hundreds of times before.
The first half was a horrible half for the Colts, but not all that surprising when you consider that three receivers were out, two of them starters. Harrison and Clark are two key receivers that are very important key players that set the tone for the Colts' passing game. One is a deep threat that is usually double covered, freeing up a spot for Clark to get short passes underneath secondary coverage. As it was, Wayne was the only deep threat last night, but with so many bench receivers in the game, the Cots were forced to use him on both sides and in the slot.
The Colts Defense really didn't play all that bad. It was 23-7 at the half, but 13 of those points were a result of the usual special teams' woes that have plagued the Colts. One kickoff return and a punt return, both for TDs, were enough to cost the Colts the game. The defense played very well in the 2nd half, not giving up any more points. But in the end, it was the offense that fell short.
There were some instances, I felt like Manning was trying to do way too much, by forcing throws that a veteran QB has no business trying to throw. Two of his key targets being out is no excuse for poor throws right into the arms of a defender.
Next up is the KC Chiefs, at home. The goal for the Colts right now is to get people healthy again, win the next game, then win their division. Colts fans will likely worry about being two games behind New England for home filed advantage in the playoffs. They cannot worry about that. They have to win their games against the teams they still have to play, including three division games. Keep in mind that the Colts won the Super Bowl last year without a bye week in the playoffs. One game was on the road in front of a hostile crowd in Baltimore.
It's also imperative to consider that many championship teams get into a funk in the middle of the season, the Colts are no exception here. Time to regroup, refocus, and if necessary, work a little harder.