The Colts’ fall to 0-2 on the season after suffering a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of the Cardinals, 16-13. In their first game at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Colts gave up a 10 point lead in the fourth quarter. The Colts played very well for 90% of the game, but failed to execute when it mattered. Phil Dawson missed a 42 yard field goal after being iced to win the game; Jacoby Brissett threw an untimely interception which led to a Phil Dawson game winning kick.
Despite the loss, there are many positives to take away from this performance.
Despite Brissett’s collapse at the end of the game, he played very solid; much better than Scott Tolzien last week. Brissett threw for 216 yards and one interception, along with 22 rushing yards. For most of the day, Brissett controlled the pace of the game. He converted eight third downs, which is eight more than last week. The offensive line played very well in run blocking, but not so well in pass blocking, allowing four sacks and eight QB hits. Frank Gore ran for 46 yards and the Colts’ only touchdown of the day. Jack Doyle had another spectacular game; he caught all eight of his targets for 79 yards.
The defense was solid for most of the game. Rookie first round pick Malik Hooker recorded his first interception of his career. He displayed great closing speed and range on a play where rookie corner Quincy Wilson covered very well. John Simon continued to terrorize off of the, edge, racking up one sack, one tackle for loss, and three QB hits. The Colts as a whole put pressure on Carson Palmer, recording nine QB hits and four sacks. Quincy Wilson, Rashaan Melvin, and Matthias Farley all recorded two pass deflections, and covered vey well. Even on the play where Wilson was burned by J.J. Nelson on a 45 yard pass, he was trailing just barely behind. Farley also led the team with eight total tackles.
Penalties killed the Colts down the stretch; they had eight penalties for 70 yards. Penalties is one of the main reasons that cost the Colts’ the game.
Overall, the Colts looked much improved from last week’s embarrassment. Brissett will move forward as the starter, and the Colts will prepare for next week’s matchup with the Cleveland Browns.