One of the biggest reasons the Colts had issues in yesterday’s game was the fact that they were missing two of their best players due to injury.
Injuries are a part of the game. Everyone knows that. The Colts know that more than most teams, having suffered crippling injuries a few times over the last couple of years. But one thing is for sure with this Colts team; they’re not good enough to overcome injuries.
Both T.Y. Hilton and Darius Leonard were out of yesterday’s contest. Hilton is by far the Colts’ best receiver and their best downfield threat. But because he was out, the Colts were forced to alter their gameplan and have others step up. It did not go well.
Eric Ebron had three first half drops that killed drives and momentum. Parris Campbell fumbled the ball in Oakland territory and ended up costing the team points. Other receivers just couldn’t find enough separation to get open consistently.
On defense, it was much worse. They gave up 31 points without Leonard, who is their best player on that side of the ball. It’s the second week in a row that the defense has gotten gashed. I’m not even sure bringing back Leonard can fix all of it. But it couldn’t hurt.
The Colts have until Sunday night to get healthy. They face one of the best teams in the league next week in primetime. If they’re not ready, it will be a massive embarrassing blowout. Health would help a great deal in that regard.