Pretty much everything that could go wrong did go wrong for the Indianapolis Colts in the first half of their season opener. At home against the Detroit Lions, the defense was picked apart and allowed 21 points, but it was the offense that was the bigger issue as the Colts trail 21-10 at the half.
We knew the defense would be bad, especially with all of the injuries. Vontae Davis, Darius Butler, Clayton Geathers, and Henry Anderson were all out to begin with, and Patrick Robinson, T.J. Green, and Sio Moore suffered injuries in the first half.
The bigger issue, again, was the play of the offense. For most of the first half, the Colts couldn’t get anything going and didn’t have any rhythm. Their first three drives netted just 31 yards and zero points. Then they managed to get a bit going and gained 47 yards to set Adam Vinatieri up for a 50-yard field goal. And then in a two-minute situation right before halftime, the Colts unleashed Andrew Luck and let him run a no-huddle, hurry-up offense - to fantastic results. Luck completed six of seven passes for 77 yards and a touchdown to Donte Moncrief on the drive to send it to halftime on a positive note after an otherwise terrible half.
It was yet another slow start by the Colts under Chuck Pagano, and they don’t really have the time to let their offense take time to figure it out. With a bad and injury-plagued defense, the Colts need their offense to carry them. We saw a spark of that on the final drive of the first half, but they’ll need a lot more of that in the second half in order to have any hope of pulling out a win.