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Indianapolis Colts: What Went Wrong & What’s Next

Whether you where expecting a win or not, nobody was expecting the Colts’ season opener to go as sour as it did. With a final score of 46-9 the Los Angeles Rams scored more points in the first quarter (10) then the Colts did the entire game. To be fair though Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano choosing to rush to the goal-line in an effort to (catch the defense off guard) instead of taking the time to review and challenge what looked to be a Touchdown didn’t help matters either. With a game as lop-sided as this where do you begin to break down the good and the bad from either a team or an individual stand point? Though it may not appear that way at first glance, there were some positive take aways from the game and things to build on heading into the first home game of the season.

First off is the long list of things gone wrong, starting with the offense. Starting QB Scott Tolzien was bad, plain and simple. Tolzien went 9-18 for 128 yards, had 0 touchdowns (thrown to our team at least) and both interceptions he threw were returned for touchdowns (if you want to count those as TD’s for him then be my guest). But Tolzien wasn’t the only disappointment on offense. As a whole the Offense went 0-10 on third down conversions and finished the day with only 225 yards of total offense and our lead rusher accumulated only 42 yards and allowed Tolzien to be sacked 4 times by the time he was puled in the 4th quarter. On the Defensive side the Pass Defense allowed L.A. QB Jared Goff to complete 21-29 passes for 306 yards and a TD. Additionally Goff was only sacked once, forced only 1 turnover, and allowed an average of 10 yards per pass play. Even usually dependable kicker Adam Vinatieri struggled, missing both a field goal and an extra point.

Despite the long list of problems there were a few bright spots. When he did come in, new QB Jacoby Brissett looked decent completing 2/3 passes and leading the Colts to there only TD drive of the day, and him being a more mobile and athletic QB than Tolzien should help with the Offensive line problems. On Defense the Rush Defense proved to be more than solid holding the Rams to 63 rushing yards and an average of only 1.9 yards per carry.

This Sunday the Colts take on the Arizona Cardinals at home. To be completely honest the chances of a win are not on the Colt’s side. but they don’t need a victory for it to be a successful game. Jacoby Brissett has been named the starter for this week and seeing as he’s only been with the team for 2 weeks this game should serve as a good opportunity to get more familiar with the offense in preparation for more manageable games against the Cleveland Browns in week 3 and the San Fransisco 49ers in week 5. If the Run defense plays as it did against the Rams the cardinals offense will be forced to play one-dimensional since starter David Johnson is out.

The bottom line is pretty simple: Even at 100% healthy this would be a close game, so with the injuries and uncertainties still surrounding the team this weeks game is an opportunity to experiment with back-ups and find out what does and does not work from a personnel standpoint so once the team is full strength a playoff push is still a possibility.

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