5 things learned: Colts collapse and suffer historic loss to crows

INDIANAPOLIS – Leave it to Baltimore to give the Colts a loss this franchise hasn’t seen since taking up residence in Maryland.

Leading by 19 points at the end of the third quarter Monday night, and still by 16 with 10 minutes to go, the Colts collapsed, losing 31-25 in overtime to the Ravens.

What did we learn from the Colts closing that 5-game 1-4 streak?


1. Historical collapse: Anytime they make a list of the most crushing regular season losses in Colts franchise history, this one will be on that list. Leading 22-3 with less than a minute to play in the third quarter, the Colts melted to the finish line. Until then, Frank Reich’s team had played one of the best games of their tenure. But then it all fell apart, historically. According to ESPN, the Colts had won 120 consecutive games when he led by at least 16 points in the fourth quarter. Their last loss after holding such a lead was actually the team’s last game in Baltimore… in 1984. Monday night was meant to be a measure for a Colts team who have proven all too often lately that they don’t. cannot beat / finish against playoff teams. And the end result on Monday was the same old, the same old. The Colts have now lost 7 straight games to playoff teams. Injuries have been a scenario for the Colts this season, but they’ve played an even bigger one for the Ravens. And Baltimore is 4-1 through it all and the Colts are 1-4. Just before Monday’s kickoff, Jim Irsay retweeted Reggie Wayne’s tweet that read “No excuses. Do it! Well, now with a 1-4 start, the Colts are a flawed football team. and mediocre who will need something around a miracle to get back into the playoffs.

2. Defense folds: For a second consecutive meeting with the Ravens, the Colts have concocted one of their best defensive performances, over long, long passages. But then everything fell apart on this side of the ball. Far too often in the Matt Eberflus era, we’ve seen the Colts drop non-resistant scores in the 4e trimester. Indy’s defense did it last week in Miami, but still held on to win that one. Against the Ravens, playing with fire caused the defense to burn this time. The rush pass was missing (again). The rear end, with the exposed depth at the corner and safety, looked confusing no matter what cover was played. And Lamar Jackson, who entered Sunday ranked 26e in the NFL completing 60.5% of his passes, finished 37 of 43 (86%) for 442 yards and 4 touchdowns. When will defensive responsibility stop being ignored by Colts policymakers? Despite amounts of draft capital invested throughout the unit, pass defense remains a constant problem. Broadly speaking, Eberflus’ defense is often considered one of the easiest to prepare each week, and it shows in the continued effectiveness of opposing QBs against Indy. Blame it on Chris Ballard, the builder of said defense and the man who wanted this pattern. Eberflus is to blame for not having any answers each year, while this problem persists. And blame Frank Reich for not stepping in as head coach to demand guilt on this side of the ball.

3. Hot Rod Suffers From A Hip Injury: In warm-ups on Monday night, kicker Rodrigo Blankenship suffered a hip injury which certainly had an impact on the loss. Hot Rod, who said he had a “throbbing pain” in his foot leg every time he swung, hooked up an extra point, blocked a field goal and missed another winning attempt on left. At one point, believing Hot Rod’s range to be around 45 yards, the Colts lined up punter Rigoberto Sanchez ready to attempt a 42 yards (with Nyheim Hines grabbing) before an offside penalty. of the Ravens only shortens the attempt, in which Blankenship came in and did. With both teams chasing points in the second half, Hot Rod’s health should have been a huge factor. Despite knowing how limited his kicker was, Reich decided to play him conservative, something the head coach regretted after the loss, on a 3rd-and-8 call with 5:19 to go, executing it with Jonathan Taylor. The Colts lost 4 yards on the play and Blankenship then saw his 37 yards blocked by 6-8 Calais Campbell. If it still looks like 2019 with Adam Vinatieri, I’m sorry. But the Colts mismanaged their kicker scenario on Monday, deciding not to play him more aggressive and go for the decisive touchdown, but instead hoping that an injured kicker, with “throbbing pain,” could deliver more. ‘an occasion. In total, Blankenship missed / blocked kicks of 33 (PAT), 37 (blocked) and 47 (game winner missed left) yards on Monday.

4. So Good For So Long Monday: At 1-4, we’ll lose just how superior the Colts were on Monday night, for more than two-thirds of the game. Honestly, it was one of the most impressive efforts under Reich. But when you desperately need a “W”, the end result should take the bulk of the weight. We must still mention some really notable performance of Jonathan Taylor (18 touches for 169 yards, including a screen pass of 76 yards for a TD), Michael Pittman (6 caught for 89 yards, including a highlighted TD of 42 yards), Darius Leonard (playing from injury to lead the Colts with 13 tackles and a fumble recovered). Carson Wentz was 25 of 35 for 402 yards and 2 touchdowns. While Wentz did a lot of good on Monday, his pre-snap identifications weren’t at the consistent level the Colts needed against a creative defense from the Ravens. Still, the Colts have moved it steadily all night, but cap this one. Again, for about three quarters, the Colts played as a team that had circled this one on the schedule. But when you have the Colts record right now, moral wins don’t mean much.

5. How do you respond? : For the umpteenth time, thank the Colts who play in the AFC South. Even with that, the Colts (1-4) are still 2 games behind the Titans (3-2) at the top of the division, having lost the first meeting this year. The second is Halloween at Indy. It is an unavoidable victory. Period. For the Colts to come back to any sort of reasonable playoff gossip, it’s time to beat the bottom-feeders. Over the next 5 games, the Colts could see rookie quarterbacks in 4 of those clashes, with the Titans game sandwiched. It is doable, on paper. But the margin for error is thin as a razor. And you must be wondering how the Colts will react after a loss that Darius Leonard called the most heartbreaking in his 4 years in the NFL. A short week awaits the Colts, and most of Frank Reich’s coaching career is here, too.


-Injury report: Xavier Rhodes left the game in the 4e quarter and did not come back. Inactive on the team were: OT-Braden Smith (foot), DE-Kwity Paye (hamstrings), CB-Rock Ya-Sin (ankle), RB-Jordan Wilkins (disease), DE-Isaac Rochell (disease) QB- Jacob Eason, DT-Khalil Davis.

-Key statistics: According to ESPN, there have been 4,017 games in NFL history with a player throwing at least 400 yards. Lamar Jackson now has the highest completion percentage ever in such a game, at 86%.

-And after: The Colts (1-4) will return to Lucas Oil Stadium next week to face rookie QB-Davis Mills and the Texans (1-4). It will kick off at 1:00 p.m. in the sixth week.

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