The Indianapolis Colts played a fun but disappointing game on Sunday and it’s probably much more of that to come this season.
Yes, losing stinks. It’s extremely disappointing that the Indianapolis Colts are 3-4-1 and there were some head-scratching and gut-wrenching moments in Sunday’s loss to the Washington Commanders. But let’s be honest, Sunday’s game was kind of fun. Despite the loss, it was exciting to see Sam Ehlinger out on the field moving around, connecting on big passes with Indy’s young weapons, and also seeing Shaquille Leonard back on the field doing what he does best, forcing turnovers.
The outcome wasn’t what Colts’ fans may have wanted but the journey seemed to be a little more fun than games have been in recent weeks. Maybe it was just because of the newness of Ehlinger in the lineup. Whatever it was, fans should get used to it, because there will likely be a lot more games like Sunday’s game against Washington: a game that is fun at moments, disappointing at times, and ultimately ends in a loss for Indianapolis.
While that may sound like a horrible fortune for Indy and its fans, it may not be that bad. In fact, it could be a good thing. The good is that the games will have a fun element to them and it won’t just be 60 minutes of disappointment, and even if the Colts lose more of the matchups than they win, Indianapolis will be set up in a great position for the 2023 Draft.
Colts’ roller coaster games are a win-win
Accepting losing is hard. That’s why many fans aren’t completely on the tanking bandwagon, and why Frank Reich is adamant that Indy isn’t waiving the white flag on the season (hopefully no active coach will admit to tanking). But the reality is, losing doesn’t have to be accepted for it to happen, many unaccepting teams lose every week and the Colts have frequently been one of them this season.
Indianapolis has a lot of issues and with eight games completed, it doesn’t look like they’ll be getting resolved anytime soon. The team can’t consistently protect the football, the offensive line isn’t good, several players are dealing with injuries, and Indy keeps finding ways to lose games. The team is competitive enough to remain in most games, and even pull out some wins, but unless something significant changes for Indianapolis, fans should prepare for some more losses.
But, this can be viewed with the glass-half-full approach, the games should be fun, the future still looks bright, and the Colts should be in a position to make noise in the draft and select a player that can help the franchise in the long term.