The Indianapolis Colts limped into their Week 4 matchup against the Oakland Raiders as T.Y. Hilton, Darius Leonard and Tyquan Lewis were unable to suit up. But there was far more wrong with the team than injuries in this one.
The Colts got behind early and neither side of the ball was doing their respective jobs with any success. The Colts committed penalties with really poor timing, negating positive plays away from the penalty, were manhandled up front on both sides of the ball, and the team simply can’t make a play right now.
Offensively, the Colts’ couldn’t hang on to the ball, couldn’t stop the Raiders from getting pressure in the backfield, and it probably wasn’t Frank Reich’s best day as a play-caller either.
Defensively, the issues are abundant. Is some of it spotty work out of Matt Eberflus? It’s hard to not think he’s struggling to find his groove with this group, but the players themselves are shouldering a lot of the blame -- and most of it. They aren’t making plays, they’re not forcing turnovers, they’re not getting pressure on the quarterback, they’re not stopping the run... and the list goes on from there.
The Colts leave Week 4 sitting at 2-2, with others from the AFC South feeling better with their situations than the Colts should be. Jacksonville is thriving with a rookie late-round quarterback, and the Tennessee Titans blew out the Atlanta Falcons yesterday as well. The Colts will go in to Week 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs with absolutely no momentum, and we still don’t know who will be healthy for that one.
The Colts need to have a great week just to get competitive against a team that grooved them in the playoffs a year ago. The team we saw yesterday won’t win many football games this year if health and overall play and execution aren’t vastly improved over the next couple weeks.
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