4 blown games that have drastically altered Colts’ playoff fate
By Mike Luciano
3. Week 5 vs. Baltimore Ravens
This one may have been the most painful loss of the season. Lamar Jackson looked completely out of sorts, Taylor was running wild, and the Colts were about to put together a statement win against one of the more promising teams in the AFC.
Then Jackson went off. No. 8 completed 37 of his 43 passes and threw for 442 yards, most of which came in the fourth quarter and overtime as Baltimore came back to win 31-25 after being down 25-9 with 12 minutes left in the fourth. Jackson had 499 total yards of offense, and the Ravens had 24 net yards from non-Jackson players.
Lamar Jackson eviscerated the Indianapolis Colts.
It looked like Eberflus was going to be out of a job after this performance, as Jackson was rarely challenged in this contest. To make matters worse, the offense completely stagnated. A hot start by Taylor and Wentz’s passing game was completely neutralized by Baltimore’s defense.
While the Ravens have fallen off after Jackson’s injury, they were regarded as a Super Bowl contender back then, when they had most of their pieces together. Indianapolis blew a chance to make a statement early in the season against one of the game’s undisputed best players.