Week 1 Grade: Indianapolis Colts Offense

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Quarterback Scott Tolzien
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Quarterback Scott Tolzien /

There weren’t many positive takeaways from Week 1’s game in Los Angeles, and it’s safe to say the Colts’ offense did not grade well in the blowout loss.

The Colts did not show up to play on Sunday in their season opener, and their offense was especially anemic as they failed to move the ball all day long.


It was bad enough that the Colts weren’t able to muster a touchdown until the game’s final quarter, but Scott Tolzien actively ended their chance of winning by giving the Rams 12 points on two pick-6’s. Tolzien went on to only complete 50% of his passes, and he failed to throw any touchdowns to counter his two interceptions. Tolzien was finally benched for Jacoby Brissett when the game was completely out of reach.

Indianapolis averaged an ugly 4.6 yards per play on the day, which includes 3.1 yards per rush. This Rams defense is a solid unit, but the Colts will be facing even better defenses this season with four games against the Texans and Jaguars. Opposing defenses are able to load the box to stop the run with no threat of a deep pass, and that must be solved if the Colts will be able to move the ball at all this season.

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You really can’t play much worse than Indianapolis’ offense did on Sunday. If it wasn’t clear before, it was immediately apparent that Scott Tolzien is not an NFL quarterback. Colts fans can at least hold out a little bit of hope if Jacoby Brissett is named the Week 2 starter, but that is not a foregone conclusion at this point.