The Colts just couldn’t pull off the upset as they got beat in overtime by the LA Chargers last Sunday 30-24 in LA. With No. 12 retiring just weeks before the start of the season I personally was impressed with the level of game the Colts did have.
Jacoby Brissett finished the game with 21 of 27 with 190 yards passing and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Brissett certainly did not lose the game for the Colts and surprisingly moved the ball very well considering the Chargers have one of the better defensive teams in the NFL. More importantly Brissett looked to be in control the entire game. T.Y. Hilton was his favorite target as Hilton had eight receptions for 87 yards and two touchdowns.
Unfortunately, Devin Funchess broke his collarbone and was placed on IR for the year. This just isn’t Funchess's year as he was brought in on a one-year deal and I am sure Andrew Luck being the quarterback had something to do with his decision.
The Colts' run game also came to play as the Colts had 203 yards on the ground with Marlon Mack having 174 yards on the ground on 25 attempts with a touchdown. This was good to see as Mack has been rattled with injury in his short three-year NFL career. This also puts to bed how the offensive line is going to react and play as this is Chris Strausser’s first year as the offensive line coach after the Colts surprisingly parted ways with Dave DeGuglielmo after last season. Looks like Colts fans can rest easy as the line has picked up right where, they left off: angry and hungry.
I wouldn’t overhaul the Colts defense as they can tweak a couple things and I believe they can also get the job done. The Colts defense did manage to get four sacks and one interception in the game. Much better than last year’s opening game as they only had two sacks and an interception and allowed 34 points. The defense does need some attention, however.
So what lost the game for the Colts? I believe multiple thing contributed; 1) Colts punter has never had a punt blocked but the Chargers did just that in the first half of the game. 2) Defensive tackle Denico Autry had a unnecessary roughness call that allowed the Chargers to turn a field goal into a touchdown. 3) Justin Houston had an offsides penalty that negated a Colts strip sack that would have given the Colts the ball; two plays later the Chargers scored a touchdown on the drive. 4) Adam Vinatieri missed two field goals and an extra point.
Now we all seen Adam Vinatieri miss two field goals and an extra point; let's not cut him just yet as he wasn’t the only one that had some major mistakes; although this is Adam's fifth miss in two games. In last year's divisional round against the Kansas City Chiefs he missed and extra point and a 23 yard field goal. Let's not forget about Mike Vanderjagt, yes I said it, Vanderjagt was most accurate kicker in the NFL until he bashed Manning for not getting more excited on the sideline. Once Manning addressed on national media it wasn’t long until Vanderjagt just couldn’t hit anything. The kicking game is mostly mental and never bash the face of your franchise (even though he needed it). So am I watching Adam Vinatieri a little more in Week 2? Yep and so is 99.9% of Colts fans; this is a what did you do for me today league so it will be interesting if the misses continue. I don’t see it but I have seen odder things.
This week the Colts travel to Tennessee to take on the Titans. The last matchup between the two the Colts defeated the Titans 33-17. The two teams look much different then last year and it will be an important game as not only is this a divisional game but the Titans just came off a dominating win against the Browns 43-13. The kickoff is at 1 p.m. at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. The game is televised on CBS with play-by-play by Spero Dedes and color analysis by Adam Archuleta. Local radio coverage is on 1070 the Fan and 98.5 with play-by-play honors done by Matt Taylor and color analysis by Jim Sorgi. As always, go Colts.