The Colts slipped and slid their way to another loss on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills in what was one of the most interesting, if not enjoyable football games to watch that I’ve ever seen. Some of the visuals from that game are absolutely incredible to see, and it is not likely these players will forget being a part of it.
What we will have a hard time forgetting, is yet another example of an opportunity to get a win squandered. With many fans in full-blown tank mode that may be appealing. For myself, I was really hoping to see a good showing from our running backs and something resembling competitive and entertaining football. Stupid, I know.
At this point in the season, everyone knows what this team is. That is why it is no surprise to see us buried at the bottom of the rankings, much like the field on Sunday was buried under the unstoppable onslaught of lake-effect snow.
One of the few bright spots for the Colts is tight end Jack Doyle, who has caught 64 passes, second-most among tight ends behind only Travis Kelce. Doyle could have an even bigger impact next season with Andrew Luck back under center.
Tough loss in conditions that brought back memories of "The Thing." Sorry, old Kurt Russell movie. (No, not "Tango and Cash.") That was not a money throw from Jacoby Brissett on that second-and-10 slant to T.Y. Hilton in overtime Sunday. The Colts had to have that play, as Hilton was wide open and the completion would have at least kickstarted a potential game-winning drive. Bills head coach Sean McDermott punted inside Indianapolis territory, mostly because he trusted his defense and the elements more than he feared the Colts' offense. Brissett could have made him pay. (Did you catch all that? Cash, money, pay ... you're welcome.) How about Adam Vinatieri, the greatest worker in the snow since that kid in "The Shining," missing what would have been a late go-ahead field goal, not long after putting precisely the right English on an extra point try? #firstworldproblems
The Indianapolis Colts played in a blizzard, so there wasn't any pass game to speak of. That was a problem because Jacoby Brissett and the deep-passing game have been the best part of the Indianapolis offense this season.
Frank Gore had some nice runs against the Buffalo Bills. However, the Colts couldn't do enough to win an ugly game in ugly conditions when they needed to.
It's been the same story for Indianapolis all season. The Colts fight hard and have chances to win games. They just cannot put teams away with their offense or their defense with any consistency.
Frank Gore logging a career high in carries might not be the best thing for him at age 34, but what a player he is. There will be plenty of debates about Gore’s candidacy for the Hall of Fame, but there are few running backs who were tougher than Gore. Here’s what Gore said about the workload, according to Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star: “I think I’m showing people if you love what you do, it doesn’t matter what age you are. Once you turn 28 as a back they think you getting old. I’ve been hearing since I was 28 I was gonna fall off.”
This season has been over for a while. It looks like it's over for Chuck Pagano as well.