They were as decimated by injuries as they’ve been in a decade, trying to win in a stadium they haven’t in 12 years, limping into the house of the longtime league bullies without much of a puncher’s chance.
They’re both physical and mental for the young Colts, who played without 12 starters Thursday night at New England. Indianapolis (1-4) lost its third straight game, 38-24, to the Patriots (3-2), and once again missed opportunities in the second half were a major factor. But there’s no blame being tossed around in the locker room. Instead of fracturing under the frustration, the losing streak seems to be pulling the team closer together.
The Colts put up a valiant effort, but the short week, mounting injuries and of course, Tom Brady were all too much to overcome as they fell in New England, 38-24 to drop to 1-4 on the season.
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The New England Patriots have stifled Andrew Luck throughout his career, but on Thursday night, No. 12 put together an impressive performance.
The Indianapolis Colts took the field at Gillette Stadium already down two players from the maximum of 46 allowed on the active roster. And they were down to 40 players by the time the game ended in a 38-24 loss to the New England Patriots.
Indianapolis Colts tight end Erik Swoope was asked about how he and his teammates will attack the ball security issues that lingered for yet another week and, before he could answer, teammate Eric Ebron couldn’t help but offer a lighthearted groan.
Like King Leonidas and the Spartans holding off the Persians at the Battle of Thermopylae, the result of Thursday night’s game at Gillette Stadium felt inevitable.
The injuries were almost as absurd as Andrew Luck. That’s how bad they were. That’s how good he was.
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The Colts made it interesting for some second-half stretches, before the Patriots pulled away for their 8th straight victory over Indianapolis. What did we learn from the 38-24 loss to the Patriots in New England?
Much of the conversation around the Indianapolis Colts Thursday night portrayed them as the victims of a massive slew of injuries.
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They began the game with 44 semi-healthy players. By game’s end, a 38-24 loss to the Patriots (what’s new?), the Colts were down to roughly 39 players and were scouring the press box for ambulatory souls who may have played football in a previous life.