Crestfallen Colts Downed Again
On Sunday afternoon in Nashville the Colts were unable to get out of their own proverbial way in a 27-10 loss to the Titans. The Colts continued to shoot themselves in the foot with penalties by committing 7 with 12 minutes remaining in the 2nd quarter, and 8 in the 1st half alone! Even The Raiders would have been disappointed with that many penalties by halftime. Shortly after the 7th penalty of the first half, the Colts had a punt blocked in their own end zone resulting in a Titans touchdown. With 9:52 left in the second quarter one could see the hanging heads on the sidelines preparing for yet another loss; however in the second the Colts did seem to pick it up a bit offensively, moved the ball down the field on several drives, and put a few points on the board. They had chances to score and make this a closer game having 4 chances in the red zone, but they managed to only score on 1 of those 4 red zone attempts. Although The Colts out gained the Titans in total yards (399 to 311) it is hard to win any game in the NFL loosing the turnover battle (2-0) and having a poor red zone conversion percentage.
The one bright spot that has seemed to glimmer through the past two weeks dreadful performances would be the running ability of rookie Delone Carter. He averaged over 5 yards per carry on Sunday against the Titans, but only had 9 rushing attempts for reasons unknown to me. The rookie seems to be not only the short-yardage back The Colts have needed for years, but a player with a very high ceiling, that could become the primary back in the Colts backfield next year. As Carter continues to progress this year, as he goes through full NFL conditioning programs and mini camps next year, Cater should surpass the oft injured Addai as The Colts primary runner. This could help Joseph stay on the field more as well in more of a third down role.
With the Colt’s struggling the last two weeks it appears the team has little or no motivation other than pride to go out and get a win. As Woody Paige does I sometimes do, so I wanted to “look at the schedule” for The Colts remaining games. In doing so I can only see 2 games they will have a snow ball’s chance of winning. Those 2 games would be at home against The Jags and Titans. The Colts will have to figure out their red zone woes and cut out the mindless penalties against the Jags in two weeks, and in the December 18th rematch against the Titans, if they want to have any chance of winning a game this year. If the Colts are unable to do so, the front office will be winning the rights to draft Stanford’s Andrew Luck.