Colts Game Report Card: Week 10 vs. Rams

The Colts flat-lined against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday by letting the Rams score on all three phases of the game (offense, defense and special teams). However, only the Jacksonville Jaguars won on Sunday which left the Colts still with a two-game lead in the AFC South division. The Colts have been terrible in the first half by being outscored 49-3 in the first half alone. The Colts somehow won against the Texans but could not defend themselves against the Rams. The Colts need to shake the loss off as they will go to two division games in the next three games (both against the Titans). If the Colts can win both division games then the Colts practically have the division on lock unless a terrible collapse on December.

Offense:

Grade: D+

Stats can lie as the Colts offense practically flat-lined through out the game. Colts offense couldn’t score at all until that “perfect drive” where Luck completed 8-of-8 of his passes where the drive ended with a touchdown. Overall the combination of poor QB play (never thought I would say this), horrendous O-line blocking and horrendous running game (Only 1 yard was gain on the ground without adding Luck’s rushing total) was the mixture to a horrible game for the Colts offense.

Defense:

Grade: C-

Without the two long Tavon Austin’s TDs that pulled the game away from the Colts, the Colts defense did alright limiting the Rams rushing attack and passing attack. CB Vontae Davis has down horrible in pass coverage since the Broncos game where he had a career game against the one and only Peyton Manning. Davis has been a liability these past two games but could rebound against the Titans as the Colts defense will face a backup QB in Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jake Locker is injured).

Special Teams:

Grade: F

By letting Tavon Austin score a 98-yard punt return for a TD and by letting David Reed still return kickoffs, the Colts special teams got the worst grade that I have given them this season. Nothing else to say as the special teams have been bad as of late.

Quotes by Colts players and coaching staff:

Andrew Luck on preparing for the Titans: “We’re full steam ahead now on the Titans and you can’t dwell on anything now.”

Chuck Pagano on the lack of the running game: “We’ve got to be able to run the football, somehow, someway.”

Coby Fleener on learning from Sunday’s game: “We’ll do our best to learn from this tape. Hopefully, there will be a lot to learn.”

Cory Redding on playing on a short week: “Best team (typo, should be thing) about this loss is that we get to go back out and play on Thursday Night Football, get this taste out of our mouth.”

Injury Update:

According to Stephen Holder of Indystar.com, G Mike McGlynn fracture his thumb on Sunday. However, he could play on Thursday with a cast on his thumb.

Also via Holder, CB Greg Toler is making progress from his groin injury that he suffered against the Broncos on October, 20th.