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2019 NFL Week 1: Colts v Chargers Second Half Open Thread — Chargers lead 17 - 6

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NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Los Angeles Chargers Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

If you’ve spent any time watching games in this first week of regular season football action, it’s likely you’ve come away feeling like there is a lot of sloppiness around the league. The nature of the evolving preseason results in less meaningful first team preparation ahead of the season and often a pretty nasty case of avoidable mistakes.

A lot of teams, including ones who will likely be in a playoff race later in the season, have look pretty bad to start the season and the Indianapolis Colts were unable to avoid some of these issues in the first half.


Matt Eberflus added a lot of weapons to his defense this off-season as Chris Ballard utilize a lot of draft capital to focus on that side of the football. The result has been an attempt to evolve the defense and take advantage of the fact that the athletes taking the field can handle more man-to-man coverage. This evolution will include some growing pains, and we’re seeing some of those today.

Rookie Rock Ya-Sin was matched up one-on-one against one of the best receivers in the NFL and got beat. It is a leaning experience for the rookie but not an entirely unpredictable outcome.


Outside of a fumbled snap, Jacoby Brissett has done a nice job moving the offense along. Offensive play-calling on the first couple of drives though was not inspiring. Our offensive strength should be at the interior and took many long developing outside runs failed to have the desired consequence.


I am starting to get a little worried about Adam Vinatieri. My wife and I attended the Chiefs playoff game and saw him fall apart in that game. His start to the 2019 season is concerning. It’s hard to not have some fear when Colts fans watched a player who was the most accurate kicker in the league fall apart over the course of just over a season.

As for the penalty on Denico Autry and others on the Chargers field goal attempt - I believe it was a bad call. Here is the rule from the 2019 NFL Rule Book

Art. 9 (a)(11) The offensive player who attempts a snap during a Field Goal attempt or a Try Kick. He is no longer a defenseless player after he has had an opportunity to defend himself or moves downfield.

This means it is a subjective call to be made by the officials about whether the long snapper has had enough time to defend himself. In this case, the long snapper (in his first long snap of his career) didn’t even try to lift his head. That cost the Colts 4 points.


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No. Pos. First Last
No. Pos. First Last
2 QB Brian Hoyer
4 K Adam Vinatieri
7 QB Jacoby Brissett
8 P Rigoberto Sanchez
11 WR Deon Cain
13 WR T.Y. Hilton
14 WR Zach Pascal
15 WR Parris Campbell
20 RB Jordan Wilkins
21 RB Nyheim Hines
23 CB Kenny Moore
25 RB Marlon Mack
26 S Clayton Geathers
29 S Malik Hooker
30 S George Odum
31 CB Quincy Wilson
33 RB Jonathan Williams
34 CB Rock Ya-Sin
35 CB Pierre Desir
37 S Khari Willis
38 CB Ryan Lewis
39 CB Marvell Tell III
42 S Rolan Milligan
44 LB Zaire Franklin
45 LB E.J. Speed
46 LS Luke Rhodes
49 LB Matthew Adams
50 LB Anthony Walker
51 DT Jihad Ward
52 DE Ben Banogu
53 LB Darius Leonard
56 G Quenton Nelson
57 DE Kemoko Turay
58 LB Bobby Okereke
62 T Le'Raven Clark
63 C Josh Andrews
64 G Mark Glowinski
72 T Braden Smith
73 T Joe Haeg
74 T Anthony Castonzo
78 C Ryan Kelly
80 WR Chester Rogers
81 TE Mo Alie-Cox
84 TE Jack Doyle
85 TE Eric Ebron
86 TE Hale Hentges
90 DT Grover Stewart
92 DT Margus Hunt
93 DE Jabaal Sheard
94 DT Tyquan Lewis
96 DT Denico Autry
97 DE Al-Quadin Muhammed
99 DE Justin Houston