The Colts must stem
the tide of mental lapses as division race heats up
written by Stephen Conway
No one can claim
that the Colts didn't play more focused in the second half this week.
That's because the team didn't bother to show up until halftime!
The Colts obviously came into Soldier Field expecting to win with less
than 100% effort. Throw the Bears' 1-7 record out the window, spotting
any team a 20 point lead is a recipe for disaster.
The Colts' attack
lacked energy and coherence. The defense continued its penchant for
undisciplined play and shoddy tackling. The offense was guilty of
several dropped passes, dumb penalties, and costly turnovers. The
special teams gave up a first down on a busted fake field goal
So where do we go
from here? Well, the good news is the Colts came out fighting in the
second half and came within 3 points of pulling out the win despite
their poor performance. This is cause for some optimism.
But this optimism
should be tempered by the knowledge that the Colts have STILL yet to
play four consecutive quarters of solid football. The coaching staff
should and has accepted their portion of the blame for the team's poor
performance. It's not a matter of talent; it's a matter of playing
with intensity and focus on each and every down. Clearly the Colts
offense is capable of scoring enough points to win most games. And
while the defense may still lack several key components to be
dominating, they can certainly play well enough to allow our offense
to dictate the game. Each week one side of the team is bailing out the
other. Coming into the toughest portion of the schedule, with 4
division games out of the next five, the Colts cannot expect to win if
this trend continues.
Breakdowns of the key matchups on offense,
defense, and special teams.
themselves are in a bit of a funk, having lost 2 games in a row. They
are just as hungry as the Colts to reverse this trend. The real
pressure will be on both defenses in this game. The Colts MUST stop
the running game of the Jets if they are to have any chance of
winning. If the Jets can dictate time of possession by eating the
clock through the ground game, the Colts offense will not be able to
score as much or as often as they would like. The Jets have shown
amazing resilience in the second half, so jumping on them early is no
guarantee of victory. Like the Presidential Election, this one is too
close to call. Put simply, if the Colts can play well for four
quarters, they should be in a position to win.
Score: Colts 21
New York Jets
where: RCA Dome
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