Coming off its 2-14 disaster of a season one year ago, the Indianapolis Colts have shown signs of significant progress through the first three weeks of the NFL season. They would have matched last year’s win total a week ago against the Jaguars, but a last-minute touchdown pass proved the difference in a 22-17 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars as 3-point home favorites Sunday.
That’s unfortunate, because it may be at another least three weeks before the Colts can gallop to victory. Following a bye this week, Indianapolis hosts the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 7. It would be wise for the young Colts to use the next two weeks productively.
Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck has lived up to the billing through the first three weeks of the NFL season. The numbers for the No. 1 draft pick have been adequate, but perhaps even most important for any NFL quarterback, Luck seems to make his teammates better.
With that said, there will undoubtedly be growing pains for Luck this year and a matchup with a Super Bowl contender like the Packers could provide some of them.
The Colts mostly outplayed the Jaguars last week, but the difference was a couple of big plays and a lack of run defense. The Colts big weakness continues to be along the line of scrimmage, on both sides of the ball.
The Colts have been unable to run the ball—its 90.3 rushing yards a game ranks 23rd in the NFL—and its run defense hasn’t been much better. The “Horseshoe,” as owner Jim Irsay became fond of referring to the Colts during the Peyton Manning saga, are 25th in the NFL in run defense with 131.3 yards allowed.
There are certainly brighter days ahead for the Indianapolis Colts, but Oct. 7 when the Packers come to town doesn’t figure to be one of them. The Week 5 NFL odds are sure to reflect that.