What are the biggest Questions heading into the week?
Injuries – There have been questions all week whether Andrew Luck would practice or not practice. Good news Luck was at practice this week throwing the ball some. He is still not ready for primetime but seeing him out there throwing the ball was reassuring. RyanKelly has been practicing as well and it has been reported he will return to play against the 49ers this Sunday. That is good news considering Deyshawn Bond’s injury and the Colts being forced to put Adam Redmond in at center. Chris Milton, Matthias Farley and Marlon Mack were also moved to full practice Wednesday and Thursday and should be active against the 49ers.
Player Performance – Defense – Vontae Davis returned after missing the first three games of the season. He contributed with six solo tackles. Malik Hooker had another good game for the third week in a row creating opportunities and intercepting balls. He is already getting some attention for his caliber of play on the field by Pro Football Focus as a potential candidate for their Race for Rookie of the Year Award. Nate Hairston had three solo tackles one sack and three assists and contributed to the score with a safety. Jon Bostic had five solo tackles and seven assists.
Offensively – Jacoby Brissett –looked good in the pocket – lots of time and very poised even though he overthrew two receivers which could have been scoring touchdowns. He finished the game with 157 yards and an 18- yard touchdown to Donte Moncrief. Frank Gore led the offense by finishing with 46 yards rushing and 34 yards receiving. Center Deyshawn Bond was carted off the field with what was reported as a knee injury after just the second play of the drive. Having lost Bond at center forced the coaches to place Redmond, a guard, at center. Fortunately, he did settle down quickly into the role. Brissett threw a pick-six on the Colts’ first possession of the second quarter. The Colts offense came back with a 12-play, 80-yard touchdown drive resulting in a touchdown by Robert Turbin. Overall not a good day for the team offensively.
Team Chemistry – Overall both sides of the ball seemed off and a bit “clunky”. It seems there are glimmers of hope in what continues to be a difficult time for the Colts coaching staff to get this team to settle down and play discipline football.
Expectations – The team must learn to close the deal. Finish the game strong. In the locker room speech (which I love to watch) – Coach Pagano said before the game with the Seahawks – I’m not thinking anyone was listening….
Miscues – Penalties hurt the Colts allowing for a Seahawks touchdown and two point conversion. Hankins with a penalty for unnecessary roughness – discipline is clearly still an issue. Allowing 46 points by the Seahawks clearly tells the story that discipline is sorely lacking for these Colts. Coach Pagano doesn’t have much time to improve this before the questions begin to swirl about his future with the Colts.
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