INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts dropped their second straight home game on Sunday afternoon in a 27-21 loss to the Saints.
Despite the on-the-field problems against New Orleans, the Colts did maintain their one-game lead in the AFC South through seen weeks.
Next up for the Colts is a trip to Carolina (6-0) on Monday Night Football.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
FIRST-HALF MISUCES – Things began to unravel on Sunday for the Colts following a fake field-goal down to the one-yard line late in the first quarter. That started a run of 20 Saints points in 3:55, leading to Chuck Pagano calling the first half “unacceptable” in his post-game press conference. The comeback was impressive, but the play in the first half was not.
MORE OFFENSIVE CONSISTENCY – The Colts offense did not see their first first-down of the game until the 13-minute mark of the second quarter. The lack of rhythm for the Colts offense, along with costly turnovers forced the defense into some very short fields.
DORSETT INJURY WATCH– Colts first-round pick Phillip Dorsett exited Sunday with a lower leg injury in the second quarter. Reports have Dorsett missing four-to-six weeks with an ankle injury. If Dorsett does indeed miss that chunk, the burden will fall on the shoulders of Donte Moncrief and Andre Johnson to complement T.Y. Hilton.
MCAFEE’S ALL-PRO DAY – It’s not a good thing when Pat McAfee punts 10 times in a game. However, McAfee made the most his duties on Sunday. McAfee averaged 51.7 yards per punt and extended his league-leading net average of 46.7. McAfee also has registered touchbacks on 96 percent of his touchbacks this season, which also leads the NFL.
UNDEFEATEDS COMING – At 3-4, the Colts still have a one-game lead in the AFC South. The schedule does not ease up at all though for Indianapolis. They will travel to Carolina (6-0) next Monday, before returning home to play Denver (6-0) the week after. Then after the Colts by week, they will hit the road again to take on a 6-1 Atlanta team.
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