INDIANAPOLIS – Sunday’s loss to the Texans (7-6) was a big time hit to the playoff hopes for the Indianapolis Colts.
In the 22-17 loss, the Colts saw the similar type of mistakes that plagued this team during their 2-4 start this season.
The Colts (6-7) will face a must-win next weekend in a trip to Minnesota to take on the Vikings (7-6).
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
PLAYOFF CHANCES DWINDLE – According to the playoff projections, the Colts’ postseason hopes shrunk by more than 50 percent with Sunday’s loss. The odds on the Colts playing meaningful football come January is now less than 10 percent. The loss to the Texans was the first home divisional defeat the Colts have had with Andrew Luck starting since Week Three of 2012.
SLUGGISH OFFENSE – One week after a dominant performance on offense, the Colts had the opposite outing on Sunday. Andrew Luck tossed two interceptions. The Colts had more drops. And the pass protection gave up a critical strip/sack in the third quarter. The inability for the Indy receivers to gain much separation in the receiving game was an issue all night.
CAN’T CONTAIN MILLER – The two best games Houston running back Lamar Miller has had in 2016 have come against the Colts. On Sunday, Miller had 107 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown. Back in Week Six, Miller had a season-high 149 yards. Houston’s productive run game (41 carries for 185 yards) held a time of possession advantage of more than 12 minutes.
NOT DEFENDING HOME TURF – Sunday’s loss was the fourth home defeat the Colts have suffered this season. Before the start of 2016, Jim Irsay made it clear how important it was to control homefield. The Colts have not done that at all, and it’s a major reason why they are on the brink of being eliminated from the playoffs.
ANY HOPE? – For the Colts to have any chance at the postseason in 2016, they pretty much have to win out (@Minnesota, @Oakland and vs. Jacksonville). Then the scoreboard watching must begin. If the Colts win out, they need the Titans to go (at best) 2-1 and the Texans to go (at best) 1-2. In short, the Colts have to make up two games on the Texans and one game on the Titans.
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This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is outside linebacker Trent Cole.
The fact that Trent Cole is still even playing professional football this season is a feat in itself.
The fact that Cole is playing at a high level is rather amazing.
Returning from injued reserve after September back surgery, Cole has suited up the last two weeks for the Colts and has been a disruptive presence off the edge.
Cole had five tackles (four solo, one for loss) and a strip/sack in Sunday’s loss to the Texans.
With Robert Mathis out the last two weeks, the Colts have needed the starting-type effort they’ve gotten from Cole.
The pass rushing presence from Cole has been welcomed, but his contributions in setting an edge in the run game should not be overlooked.
Sunday’s loss to the Texans was devastating to the playoff chances for Cole and the Colts.
For Cole to experience the playoffs in Indianapolis, the Colts will need to win out and get some serious help from the Texans and Titans.
“Anything can happen,” Cole said after the Colts fell to 6-7 on the season.
“But we’re going to keep getting back at it again, and we’re going to go out and (have to) win ballgames from here on out.”
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