Browns vs. Colts: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
Final Score: Colts 19, Browns 27
Well, if last week was disappointing for Colts fans, I don't know how to characterize this week. It's beyond disappointing.
Not so much because of the performance. The Colts played significantly better in the first half this week. They trailed 14-12 at the half. The running game looked strong and Kerry Collins was capable of driving the offense down the field. The defense, while still missing a fair amount of tackles, didn't let Peyton Hillis destroy them MJD style. For the most part, he was contained.
But then the second half happened.
And all the wheels came off the bus.
The Colts returned to last week's form. The offense was less than ineffective. The defense couldn't make a stop. And the Colts also let Hillis terrorize them.
If the Colts can't beat the Cleveland Browns at home, who can they beat?
Andrew Luck may start looking better and better as the season goes on.
In closing I'd just like to say that as Colts fans, we've been spoiled. Most teams go through stages like this. We've been very lucky for the past decade not to have to have these horrible feelings. Going 10-6 was considered a bad season. That's not a bad season. We're learning now what a bad season feels like.
Peyton Hillis finished with 94 yards on 27 carries and collected two touchdowns. Colt McCoy went 22-32 for 211 yards and one score.
Kerry Collins went 19-38 for 191 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Joe Addai carried the ball 14 times for 64 yards and Delone Carter took the ball 11 times and rushed for 46 yards.
A lot of lessons to be learned from this game for the Colts. They looked a lot better in the first half, they just have to put that together over the course of the entire game.
Oh, and they have to remember how to score a touchdown. I guess that would help, too.
That touchdown only has meaning to fantasy owners. Otherwise, it really has no significance. Most Colts fans probably didn't even see it since there's barely anyone left in Lucas Oil Stadium.
The way the Browns corners are playing right now is how the Colts corners play from the beginning to the end of the game. A minimum five yard cushion for each target.
The Colts defense appears to still be playing with lots of pride. There's something to be happy about.
I can't really describe the amount of frustration right now. You can almost sense the feeling in Lucas Oil Stadium right now. It's a mix of disappointment and "is this really happening right now?"
There's the Kerry Collins we know and love. Fumbling the football when it's obvious that he's going to take a sack. After one half of improved football, the entire team has reverted back to last week's terribly disappointing form.
Someone please inform the Browns fan who has apparently been living under a rock where "our Peyton" is. Peyton Manning has a hurt neck. Obviously he didn't know that.
Classic Colts defense. Classic.
What happened to Kerry Collins and the rest of the offense at halftime? Michael Jordan needs to come give them some of that "special drink" like he did for Bugs Bunny and the crew in Space Jam. They could really use that lift right now.
It's not quite do or die time for the Colts, but it certainly wouldn't hurt to put a drive together soon-ish for the Colts. Soon-ish as in within the next five minutes of gameplay. A drive culminating in a touchdown.
Colt McCoy thinks he's back in Austin. He's playing like he's wearing a Longhorns jersey, not playing for the lowly Browns. Excellent performance by him today.
It's a good thing there's still 10 minutes left in this game. Plenty of football still to be played. This one will go down to the wire.
Hillis was open. Nice read Colt! On behalf of Colts nation, thank you for making sure it stays a one possession game!
Third downs have been a problem for the Colts on both sides of the ball. They can't convert on offense, and they haven't done a great job of stopping the Browns on third down.
Can't put that one on Collins. Reggie Wayne just fell down. Very unfortunate timing for that. It could be a turning point in the game.
The fans are proving right now that they are not giving up on this team, or this season.
Tyler Brayton's long white sleeves under his jersey remind me of former Colts defensive end Chad Bratzke.
That was not the series the Colts needed. It was good to see them taking shots down the field though. Sometime those plays will work out and they'll get the big pass play.
Antoine Bethea looks like he remembers how to tackle now.
Fantasy owners: I hope you started Adam Vinatieri today. Big points from the kicker!
Wait, Jeff Linkenbach is still making sure people get deep penetration into the backfield. That is the line I'm more familiar with.
Did the Colts get a new offensive line? There are holes for the running backs to run through. I'm so confused. Last week's offensive line could never do that.
The first turnover of the game goes the Colts' way. They needed that.
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