Colts: Carson Wentz missing Jonathan Taylor on game-losing pick is brutal
By Jerry Trotta
For the Indianapolis Colts, it would be fitting if Halloween fell on every Sunday, because almost all of their games this year have been hair-raising.
Week 8 was no different, as the Colts fell in overtime to Tennessee in a game that had gargantuan AFC South implications.
The good news for Indy is that Derrick Henry might be out for the remainder of the regular season with a foot injury he sustained in the win.
The bad news for Indy is that Carson Wentz made a number of boneheaded plays that reminded you of his final season in Philadelphia … plays you would expect from an undrafted rookie making his first career NFL start.
For the sake of time, though, let’s focus on the overtime interception.
On the play, Wentz stared down the left side of the field and seemingly didn’t think twice about throwing to any of his other open receivers.
That was the wrong decision, because Jonathan Taylor was WIDE open in the middle of the field. Seriously, there wasn’t a defender within 15 yards of him.
How did Colts QB Carson Wentz miss Jonathan Taylor on his overtime interception?
It appears that Wentz is in lockstep with Frank Reich in terms of giving Taylor the bare minimum number of touches in crunch time, because this is egregious.
Unfortunately, it serves as an untimely reminder of why so many fans had questions about trading for Wentz in the first place.
This was a 1st and 10. The Colts’ defense had just come up with a huge stop. All the wind was in their sails. Just chip away at the clock, set up a short game-winning field goal and you’re one game back in the division with nine left to play.
Nope. Instead of connecting with Taylor for a first down (and likely an additional 10-15 yards), Wentz forced a throw intended for Michael Pittman, who was surrounded by three defenders. It’s not crazy to say that any one of them would’ve picked this pass off.
It was THAT bad.
We hate to do this to you, Colts fans, but pause the video at the four-second mark and look at how much space Taylor has in front of him. At the rate the star RB is making defenders miss — there was only two in his general vicinity — you have to think he picks up at least 20 yards and maybe even gets Indy into field goal range.
We get that Pittman owned the Titans’ secondary all game long, but there’s a time and a place to force the ball to your go-to receiver.
That wasn’t the time or place, and the Colts paid the price.
What stings even more is that Indianapolis likely would’ve won if Wentz took his eyes off the left side of the field and hit Taylor.
Given the stakes of the game and how it went down, that’s an all-time bad loss.