INDIANAPOLIS – For the second straight season, the Colts will attempt to dig themselves out of an 0-2 hole to start the year.
Following a 20-7 loss to the Jets on Monday night, the self-inflicted negatives once again plagued Indianapolis.
The Colts (0-2) will return to practice on Wednesday with preparations for three straight divisional games coming.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
OFFENSIVE ANSWERS – The Jets brought the pressure on Monday night in the form of 11 quarterback hurries at Andrew Luck. The constant attack from the Jets defense forced five Indianapolis turnovers on Monday. The Colts have been shut out in the first halves of each of their first two games.
NO MORE SINS – Chuck Pagano pointed to them right at the start of his post-game press conference—five turnovers and 11 penalties. The Colts eight turnovers through two games are the most in the NFL. In 2013, the Colts led the NFL in fewest committed turnovers/penalties but they are now at the opposite end of the league in those mistakes. The sins (self-inflicted negatives) continue to bog down the Colts offense.
INJURIES ADDING UP – When Vontae Davis exited with a concussion in the second quarter on Monday, the Colts were down their top four cornerbacks. Dwayne Allen also left Monday’s loss in the first half due to an ankle injury. Allen is listed as “day-to-day”, while Davis will enter the concussion protocol.
HENRY ANDERSON CAN PLAY – After two weeks in 2015, no NFL defensive lineman has more tackles than rookie Henry Anderson. The Colts third-round pick had five more tackles on Monday night and also had a sack of Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Colts definitely have something to build around in the defensive front with Anderson and David Parry.
DIVISION TIME – For the second straight season, the Colts sit at 0-2 after two weeks. They now will play three straight games against the AFC South (at Tennessee, Jacksonville, at Houston). The Colts have won 13 straight games against the AFC South.
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This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is defensive end Henry Anderson.
A defensive line need this offseason for the Colts was evident, and the team has found a rookie that has more than filled his duty in the trenches.
Third-round pick Henry Anderson has delivered through his first two NFL games, putting together five-tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss in the box score on Monday night.
After two games this season, Anderson leads all NFL defensive linemen with 12 tackles.
On Monday, the Colts run defense was pretty stout against the Jets before a couple of late runs in the fourth quarter.
New York had just 21 rushing yards on 13 carries at halftime.
Anderson was once again a major focal point in that performance.
He did record his first NFL sack on Monday, but the Stanford product knows the unit needs to create more of that havoc.
“I think we did a good job stopping the run, for the most part,” Anderson said.
“We need to get working on pressuring the quarterback. Even if we aren’t hitting him, just making him feel that pressure and make him feel uncomfortable back there.”
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