With their loss to the Jaguars on Sunday the Colts continued the trudge to the end of the ugly experience that has been the 2017 season. They don’t have to do it without reason for hope in the future, but that hope won’t have a tangible impact on this season.
What is more, this team will likely look dramatically different from a personnel standpoint after Chris Ballard begins phase two of his complete rebuild of this team. With that in mind, let’s take a look around the league at how the Colts rank.
Malik Hooker's ACL injury put an abrupt end to what was a promising rookie season. Even though he hasn't played since Week 7, Hooker's three interceptions are still tied for most among rookies and are most by a Colts rookie since Jacob Lacey in 2009.
The hole isn't getting any shallower for the Colts, who lost for the sixth time in seven games. Indy was barely competitive in either of this season's contests against the Jags. Perhaps the only bright spot to come out of Sunday's three-score loss was the ascension of Frank Gore up the NFL record books. An ultimate plugger and workmanlike running back, Gore is also quite the compiler. He passed Jerome Bettis and LaDainian Tomlinson on the all-time rushing list Sunday, and he now sits at fifth among the league's legends. With just 632 rushing yards thus far this season (52.7 per game), Gore probably won't make it to 1,000 yards. But if Gore does go on a mini-run, he could pass that barrier for the 10th time. Count Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, Emmitt Smith and Curtis Martin as the only players to have ever pulled that off.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are a bad matchup for the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts had issues moving the ball and stopping Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette. They also got unlucky by catching Blake Bortles on a good day.
Bortles is one of the worst throwers in the NFL, but he didn't throw too badly against Indianapolis. The Colts have one of the worst secondaries, though, and they made Bortles look better than he is.
Indianapolis' strength is the passing offense, but it couldn't do much against Jacksonville's secondary, which is the best in football.
It was all too much to overcome for the Colts. I give credit to them because they continue to play hard. They're just overmatched against certain teams, Jacksonville being one of them.
One bright spot for the Colts has been rookie punter Rigoberto Sanchez. He is the best rookie punter in the NFL, and he is fifth in the NFL in net average. The Colts lost Pat McAfee to an unexpected retirement right after the season, and it didn’t cost them. In a bad season, take the positives where you can get them.