Fans for both teams watched a very sloppy half of football. While the Raiders looked unstoppable in the first quarter, communication started to breakdown. Broken plays, miscommunication, and dropped passes plagued their efforts to close out the first half on a high note.
For the Colts, dropped passes are also killing them. Eric Ebron has dropped multiple passes and the long throw down the field to Parris Campbell hit him in the arms. I will grant that it would have been a really good catch if he had made it but it’s hard not to honestly acknowledge that if T.Y. Hilton was on the same route and had the same opportunity he probably brings that pass in.
When I created a list of keys to the game, I noted that slowing down Josh Jacobs and trying to limit the impact of tight ends — specifically Darren Waller — had to be defensive priorities if Colts fans hoped to be pleased with the result. Neither of those things have happened. Jacobs has had his way with the defense for much of the first half and there has been no answer for Waller or Foster Moreau.
I noted that offensively we needed to get the tight ends involved due to some weakness at wide receiver with the top two players at the position sitting today. Jack Doyle has continued to be his reliable self and was key to keeping the game close and giving Jacoby Brissett someone he can feel comfortable targeting. Ebron has been atrocious.
It feels an awful lot like this Colts didn’t show up ready to play today. They needed to survive the first half and need to figure things out at half time. This is where head coach Frank Reich needs to earn his paycheck. The Colts will get the first possession of the second half and need to put points on the board.
If we’re being honest, the game has been more lopsided in favor of Oakland than the scoreboard indicates. The Colts needs to take control in the second half.