INDIANAPOLIS – The first half of the Colts’ 2016 season ended in similar fashion to what has witnessed for the first eight games.
The same issues that have had the Colts under .500 for the entire season continued in Sunday’s 30-14 loss to the Chiefs.
Now, starting the second half of the season next week, the Colts (3-5) will head to Green Bay (4-3) for a 4:25 p.m. kick on Sunday.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED:
SAME SCRIPT – If the Colts want to salvage their season, what we saw in the first half of 2016 cannot be the norm in November and December. Sunday the Colts continued to beat themselves with untimely penalties, dropped passes and a lack of offensive rhythm leading to a 30-14 loss.
CAN’T GET HILTON GOING – It’s a stat line you hardly ever see out of T.Y. Hilton: 1 catch in 6 targets. A hamstring injury clearly limited Hilton on Sunday. The Colts could not get their Pro Bowl receiver going with Andrew Luck misfiring all afternoon in the direction of his favorite target.
LUCK’S RARE 2016 TURNOVERS – The type of critical turnovers Andrew Luck had largely avoided through the first half of 2016 appeared on Sunday. A mishandled snap and a late first half interception from Luck on Sunday contributed to the early hole for the Colts. It was rare to see Luck off on Sunday, considering how well he played last week in Nashville.
OFFENSIVE LINE STRUGGLES – While the individual play of Luck wasn’t his usual self on Sunday, the protection around him did not help things. Luck was sacked a career-high six times (for the second time this season). Kansas City’s defense had just eight sacks through six games coming into Sunday, but an early lead allowed them to sack Luck four times in the second half.
GREEN BAY WAITING – The Colts (3-5) will travel to Green Bay (4-3) next Sunday before their bye week. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is one of the hottest QBs in the league. Rodgers threw for four touchdowns and zero interceptions on Sunday. The Colts will head to Green Bay a full two games behind the Texans (5-3) in the AFC South.
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This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is inside linebacker Edwin Jackson.
One thing that we have noticed from new defensive coordinator Ted Monachino this season is he’s not afraid to shuffle things up with his personnel.
We saw that again on Sunday with Edwin Jackson entering the starting lineup.
Jackson’s role figured to expand in Week Eight after he had three tackles in 13 plays down in Nashville last week.
In his first career start this Sunday, Jackson had four tackles and a sack against the Chiefs.
Ever since the start of the preseason, Jackson has continued to flash around the ball.
His ability to play special teams was a major reason why the Colts decided to keep Jackson ahead of Nate Irving on the 53-man roster.
With Josh McNary (burner) getting hurt early in Sunday’s game, Jackson saw the most playing time of his NFL career.
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