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Colts 2016 season in review: Week 16 loss to the Raiders

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As part of our look back at the 2016 season for the Indianapolis Colts, we’re taking a look at each game the team played this season. We know that won’t be the most fun experience for Colts fans, but we’re taking a look back at each game within the context of the entire season. Today we continue the series with the week sixteen loss to the Raiders:

What Happened:

The Colts traveled west for a Christmas Eve showdown with the Raiders, but things didn’t turn out too well for Indy’s defense. After a scoreless first quarter the Raiders then got the scoring started with a Derek Carr touchdown pass at the start of the second quarter. Andrew Luck answered with a touchdown pass of his own to Donte Moncrief, but after that the Raiders went on a massive run. Two more Derek Carr touchdown passes put the Raiders up 19-7 at halftime, and then two DeAndre Washington touchdown runs in the third quarter extended Oakland’s lead to 33-7. The Colts would then answer with Luck hitting Robert Turbin for a scoring toss, and then in the fourth quarter everything changed both in the game and in the Raiders’ season: Derek Carr was injured. He would miss the remainder of the year, and with the Raiders demoralized the Colts made a mini-comeback in the fourth quarter, with Andrew Luck rushing for an 11-yard score and Adam Vinatieri hitting a field goal to draw within one score. The Colts couldn’t get a stop on the ensuing drive, however, and lost 33-25. It was an absolutely miserable day for the Colts defense, as they allowed 463 yards and 33 points while allowing 210 yards on the ground.

What We Said at the Time:

The Colts still had slight playoff hopes entering today’s game, but they made quick work to ensure they wouldn’t still have those hopes after the game. It was an embarassing performance by the Colts, and... well, I don’t have to tell you: if you’ve watched the Colts play this year, you know the deal.

This team stinks. They had an ugly loss. Chuck Pagano and Ryan Grigson should be fired. Same story, different week. This time, it was a 33-25 loss to the Oakland Raiders on the road on Christmas Eve.

What We’re Saying Now:

This was the game that finally put the Colts out of their misery, so to speak, as it officially eliminated them from the playoff picture as they dropped to 7-8. It was a terrible game by their defense, and in fact it was the most rushing yards they allowed in a game all year as they gave up 210 on the ground to Oakland. In terms of the consequences and implications of this loss, however, it’s not so different now from what it was at the time: it eliminated the Colts from playoff contention, was a terrible game from the team (particularly defensively), and proved once again what we already knew: that the Colts weren’t a good football team in 2016. They could go from a blowout win over the Jets to an ugly loss to the Texans to a blowout win over the Vikings to an ugly loss to the Raiders... and so on and so forth. The 2016 Colts in a nutshell. This game just made it officially official that they wouldn’t be in the postseason.