On This Day in Colts History
Things look bleak in Indianapolis. Andrew Luck was finally placed on injured reserve this week, ending months of speculation and timetable creation in the minds of fans, pundits, and Colts personnel alike. The team is less talented than most of its NFL brethren, and now it is suffering injuries to other key players. With a 2-6 record, there is hardly any good news surrounding this team, save for the high draft pick that will surely follow in the spring.
The Houston Texans have also been bitten by the injury bug, losing their most recognizable player for the season in J.J. Watt. On Thursday, stellar rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson tore his ACL in practice, and he is now out for the season as well. So this game went from a potential blowout to a potential pillow fight, as backup Tom Savage retakes the reins in Houston, much to the chagrin of fans who like touchdowns.
And, to pile on, the Colts are 1-4 in games played on November 5.
November 5, 1989
Dolphins 19, Colts 13
In Miami Gardens, Florida, a pair of .500 teams squared off, with Dan Marino’s Dolphins bumping off Jack Trudeau’s Colts in a tight affair. Indianapolis forced five Miami fumbles, of which they recovered three, but they were not enough to overcome 159 rushing yards by a bevy of Dolphins runners. Trudeau passed for 215 yards, a score, and two picks. Albert Bentley registered 159 yards from scrimmage, leading the team in both rushing and receiving. Miami moved to 5-4 while the Colts dropped to 4-5.
November 5, 1990
Giants 24, Colts 7
One year after the Miami loss, the Colts got spanked at home by the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants. Quarterback Phil Simms completed 17 of 21 passes, running back Ottis Anderson ran for two scores, and Jeff George could not put together enough offense to match the G-Men. Bill Parcells’ Giants continued their undefeated start to the season, reaching an 8-0 mark, and the loss put the Colts’ record at 2-6.
November 5, 1995
Bills 16, Colts 10
Bill Brooks made a nice living in the Hoosier/RCA Dome, and in 1995, he returned with the Buffalo Bills to snag a victory over his former team. Brooks put up some numbers: five catches for 90 yards and a touchdown (the game’s first), one rush for nine yards, and two punt returns for 18 yards. Rumor has it he filled up the Gatorade coolers and drove the team bus too, but that has not been confirmed. Bill Brooks’ Buffalo Bills beat the boys in blue to boast a 6-3 record, sliding the Colts down to 5-4. Bummer.
November 5, 2000
Bears 27, Colts 24
Peyton Manning fueled a fervent second half comeback attempt, but it was not enough to stave off an upset loss to Dick Jauron’s Bears in Chicago. Trailing 27-0 after throwing a pick-six to Walt Harris, Manning and Edgerrin James went to work. The Colts scored the final 24 points of the game, which is obviously still less than 27. Manning finished with over 300 yards and two scores along with the aforementioned interception. James had 117 total yards and a pair of TDs (one rushing, one receiving), but marvelous Marvin Harrison tallied only 42 yards on six catches. This was the Bears’ second win of the year (against seven losses), and the Colts went south on I-65 with a 6-3 record and a bruised ego.
November 5, 2006
Colts 27, Patriots 24
This was the first time the Colts beat the Patriots in the 2006 season, but the second victory is a little more memorable. That one came in January. Remember? This game, however, was nearly as entertaining, with back-and-forth scoring and multiple ties, but the Colts never trailed in Foxboro this night. Harrison scored twice (including one of the best catches of his career), Tom Brady threw four (FOUR!) interceptions with no touchdowns, and Bill Belichick was outcoached by Tony Dungy. The win left Indianapolis at a perfect 8-0, while New England still held a respectable 6-2 record.
It has been a while since the Colts played on November 5, and it almost feels just as long since they won a game at all. Maybe today is the day. Here’s to hoping, Colts fans…
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