Colts vs. Chiefs: Offensive post-game grades
Last night was a frustrating end to a great season for the Colts. The offense couldn’t get anything going all night. Here is how each unit played in the last game of the year.
The Colts didn’t get a first down until there was under two minutes left in the first half. That should tell you all you need to know about the offensive performance they had last night. Here is how each unit grades out in the last game of the season.
Andrew Luck picked a bad time to have a bad game. He only threw for 203 yards and one touchdown in the entire game. He led the offense to four straight three-and-outs to start the game. While he didn’t have a clean pocket most of the night, he still didn’t make the plays he needed to. He also lost a fumble at the end of the game.
This was the unit that played the best last night. The problem is, they got in such a deep hole early that the team couldn’t stay committed to the run. Marlon Mack averaged 5.1 yards a carry, but was stifled early on because of bad blocking. Mack should be proud of his season though.
The most improved unit in the NFL put out quite a dud last night. They were manhandled all game long buy the Chiefs front. They couldn’t open up holes in the running game, and got called for costly penalties. The entire line kept allowing the Chiefs to bat down Luck’s passes at the line of scrimmage too. Luck was sacked three times too.
Eric Ebron dropped an easy first down catch on the first drive of the game. That was a precursor for how the game was going to go. While he did add 5 catches for 51 yards, he still had some key drops. The unit as a whole didn’t block well on the outside either.
This unit struggled to get open for the majority of the game. Because of that, the Colts couldn’t move the ball down field. They started getting yards late in the second half when it didn’t matter. T.Y. Hilton had a touchdown, but clearly his ankle hampered his effectiveness down the stretch.
It was an ugly performance all the way around for the Colts. Hopefully they can use this as a learning experience going into next year.