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2020 NFL Week 11: Packers vs Colts second half open thread: Colts trail Packers 28-14

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FIRST HALF THOUGHTS

The first half has been primarily defined by missed opportunities. The Colts defense created a turnover early, recovering a bad snap. Mo Alie-Cox had a nice reception for a touchdown but failed to secure the football as he was going to the ground, and a nice defensive play for the Packers reversed field before damage was done.

Later in the first half, the Colts defense picked off Aaron Rodgers and created another opportunity to turn momentum. Instead, Philip Rivers had a pass tipped that was intercepted by Green Bay. It led to more points for the Packers and another missed opportunity.

The defense was getting the job done on the last minute drive for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense only to have a pass interference penalty on Rock Ya-Sin give Green Bay incredible field position to go up two scores again before the end of the first half.

One of the interesting themes in the first half is that the offense came out committed to getting Nyheim Hines going out of the backfield. Clearly the Packers were prepared for that game plan and it led to very little production. With a week Green Bay rushing defense, the coaching staff should have been ready to get Jonathan Taylor involved early. Once he started to get looked in the second quarter, the offense started to get some transaction.

It will take a big second half for the Colts to win a big one at home as they move into the home stretch. Nothing about the first half is an indication that the Colts can’t hang with the Packers or are out of their element against a playoff caliber team. However, there is a difference between being able to hang or earning respect and establishing yourself as a contender.

Note: Rigoberto Sanchez was responsible for the greatest kickoff I’ve ever seen nearing the end the first half. It ended up getting reversed for touching the end zone but it’s incredible to watch a kicker place a ball right on the line from that distance. Sanchez has some voodoo in his leg.