INDIANAPOLIS – A night it looked like the Colts would coast to a massive divisional win, things unraveled unexpectedly down the stretch.
The Colts’ 26-23 overtime loss to the Texans (4-2) on Sunday night now has Indianapolis a full two games back of the AFC South lead.
The Colts (2-4) will be back on the road in Week Seven, with a trip to take on the Titans (3-3).
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
HAVE TO FINISH – A two-touchdown lead with less than five minutes to go? That has to be a win. Chuck Pagano’s message to his team after Sunday’s overtime loss was that a killer instinct must be found, particularly on the road. The Colts put together by far their best 50-55 minutes of the season together on Sunday before the tide shifted big time.
CHANCES FOR BOTH SIDES OF THE BALL – While the final few possessions will be scrutinized in the coming days, the Colts had their chances much earlier than that to finish off Houston. An Andrew Luck interception in the final minutes of the first half thwarted a chance for the Colts to go up by possibly 17 points at halftime. An opening-drive penalty to start the third quarter also squandered an opportunity for more Colts’ points.
GORE FINDS 100 – A continued bright spot in 2016 is the play of Frank Gore. On Sunday, Gore ended a 61-game drought of Colts’ runners failing to reach 100 yards. Gore had 22 carries for 106 yards, becoming the team’s first 100-yard rusher since Vick Ballard in Week 15 of the 2012 season.
INJURIES MOUNTING – In total, nine different players were taken out of the game on Sunday due to injury. Many returned, but the Colts were left a barren skill group to close out Sunday’s game. Wide receives Phillip Dorsett and Quan Bray both left injured, joining tight end Dwayne Allen on the sideline. The wide receiver injuries are especially key with Donte Moncrief still out.
DIVISION HOLE LIKE NO OTHER – Instead of closing out Sunday’s win and earning a spot atop the AFC South, the Colts are now a full two games behind the division-leading Texans. The Colts (2-4) have a road game in Tennessee (3-3) next week before taking nearly a month off from the division. The 2011 season is the last time the Colts faced this sort of division hole nearing the midway point of the year.
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