The Colts jumped out to yet another big lead on Thursday Night Football, but their nightmare season continued as they blow it again and lost by double digits.
Chuck Pagano may have been onto something during his wacky Groundhog Day press conference. The Colts honestly look like a playoff team in the first half of each game, but they look worse than the winless Cleveland Browns in the second half.
The Colts hopped out to a 10-0 lead thanks to a rushing touchdown from Jacoby Brissett and a 45-yard field goal from Adam Vinatieri. However, it was all downhill from there as the Broncos would go on a 25-3 run to end the game.
Denver did all of their damage with Brock Osweiler under center after Trevor Siemian left the game with an injury. Osweiler had one of the best games of his career throwing for 194 yards and 2 touchdowns with an incredible 147.7 passer rating.
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It’s easy to see why Osweiler was so successful considering Indianapolis is absolutely decimated at cornerback. Rashaan Melvin and Nate Hairston missed the game with an injury, and the corps of inexperienced Colts cornerbacks was no match for the Broncos’ receivers.
The run defense had been really the only strength of this team all year long, but they looked worn out on Thursday night giving up 213 yards on the ground. The offense couldn’t get a drive going in the second half, so the Broncos were able to rack up a time of possession of 36:51 on the night.
The Colts finish out the season with a trip to Baltimore next week and a game against the Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium in Week 17.