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The Colts Are Running the Ball Well, But Aren't Scoring

The Colts are having success running the ball. The problem is running the ball doesn't mean much in the modern NFL.

Michael Hickey

The Colts are just one Andrew Luck fourth quarter comeback from being 0-2.

That's a stark, nasty, in-your-face reality that should not sit well with anyone. Part of the reason why the Colts nearly started the season winless has been the odd, clunky, inconsistent offense that coordinator Pep Hamilton and head coach Chuck Pagano have trucked out there for Luck and company to run.

From Mike Chappell:

Readers have heard Matt Grecco and I drone on, and on, and on about how success running the ball is completely secondary to success throwing the ball. Indianapolis has scored 20 points (roughly) in each of its first two games. They won 21-17 against the Raiders in Week One, and lost 24-20 to the Dolphins on Sunday.

Throwing produces points. Running chews clock.

Chuck Pagano has preached time and again that when a team has success running the ball, the passing game will follow suit.

Pagano (Sept. 11th 2013 press conference): I think you got to be able to - and I'll say this until they run me out of here - you've got to be able to run the football.

The first two games of 2013 aren't doing much to prove Pagano's philosophy correct.