Colts Crumble Late to Steelers 17-20. Quick Reaction

A Regular Season game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday November 2nd 2014. The Steelers defeated the Ravens 43-23.

 

The Colts came out swinging on Sunday vs the best team in the AFC, and nearly pulled off the upset (10 point underdogs) as they were in control for nearly the entire game.  In the end however, it was an all to familiar result as the Colts fell late to the Steelers who kicked a game winning field goal as time expired.

Some Quick Thoughts on the Game

  • Throughout much of the game, the Colts defense played great, and had a great game plan to stop the Steelers top weapons.  Antonio Brown, who leads the NFL in receiving, finished with 3 catches for 42 yards.  Le’Veon Bell, the leagues 3rd leading rusher, carried 26 times for 80 yards, 3.1 per carry.  The defense played good enough to win, however when it seemingly mattered the most were unable to get pressure on Roethlisberger, allowing them to set up a game winning field goal as time expired.
  • The Colts were only able to get home on Roethlisberger once, a sack from Hassan Ridgeway.  It makes it even more impressive how well the Colts were able to hold up in the secondary.
  • The offense, aside from 2 plays, was largely ineffective, and everyone is to blame.
    • The Colts were only able to gain 267 yards of total offense on Sunday, and 121 came on 2 plays.  So aside from the 2 long passing plays, the Colts ran 54 others for 146 yards.  That is not going to get it done.
  • Jacoby Brissett continued to hold on to the ball too long, the play designs took too long, and the team never adjusted to the barrage of pressure coming from the Steelers.  He was only sacked 3 times, but it seemed like he was hit far too often.
  • T.Y. Hilton only receiving 4 targets, and 2 catches in almost unimaginable.  I’m sure you’ve seen the stats, as he goes, the Colts go.  In wins, he averages 160 yards.  In losses, 30.  The Colts didn’t do a good job at all in getting him in winning positions.
  • I’m happy it was a good game, because of all the fans who sold their tickets to Steelers Nation.  You missed out on a hell of a game and atmosphere.

Looking Forward:

The Colts move forward into the bye week at 3-7, and are virtually looking at the playoffs from a distance.  The Jags and Titans both won on Sunday, so with 6 games left, the Colts are 3 games back.  Theres no help coming, Andrew Luck is not coming through that door.  So its more about pride now, and playing for jobs.  Coach Pagano is coaching probably for his next job, and the young talent on this roster needs to develop.

While its tough to swallow, it was good to see the Colts give it their all on Sunday against one of the best in the league.  The team continues to improve, which is a positive sign and gives hope for the future.  Brighter days are ahead Colts fans, and we’re all in it together.

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