The Indianapolis Colts have gone from a lousy team losing close games, to an out and out disaster of a team. There is no more need for proof that Peyton Manning has deservedly won MVP of the NFL over the past few years, with the hideous play of the Colts without him. After losing to the Falcons on Sunday 31-7, Indianapolis has been outscored 120 to 24.
The first quarter of the game, was a microcosm of how the Colts’ season has progressed. On Indianapolis’ first possession rookie running back Delone Carter fumbled the ball, which was recovered by Atlanta. The Falcons quickly turned that turnover into a touchdown run by Michael Turner. Next possession Painter was driving the ball down the field until he threw an interception on the Falcons twenty. Atlanta moved the ball to the 50, where Matt Ryan hit rookie receiver Julio Jones on a 50 yard touchdown pass, where he was surrounded by three Colts defenders who did absolutely nothing in stopping the play.
Early in the second quarter Matt Ryan found Julio Jones again who caught a short slant pass and ran it 80 yards for another touchdown and a 21-0 lead for the Falcons. At this point, although early in the game still, everyone knows that the Colts have no shot of coming back from a three possession lead. With Manning you would give them a punchers chance no matter the score, but now that they have become the laughingstock of the NFL, it is unclear if they can even win a game this season.
Now that Miami has won a game and have looked better in their last three games, it appears at this point that the Colts will wind up with the first overall pick in the draft. Andrew Luck would be the obvious choice, but Manning will be back, whether he will remain healthy is unknown, but a choice would have to be made. If it were up to me I would look to trade the pick, and possibly a Robert Mathis, or a Dwight Freeney, for a boatload of picks.