The Indianapolis Colts dropped their 14th straight game, dating back to last season's AFC Wildcard round defeat to the New York Jets and kept their winless season alive by losing 24-10 to the AFC North division leading Baltimore Ravens today.
For the Colts (0-13), this is their worst start since 1986 and the ties the third worst start in NFL history.This is also the first time in eight games that the Ravens (10-3) have beaten the Colts.
The Colts just never looked like they wanted to be in M&T Bank Stadium today. They just looked to be on autopilot. Due to that, I think head coach Jim Caldwell needs to be fired ASAP.
Even though you're winless this late in the season, you should still have your teamed fired up to play an NFL football games. Especially while trying to get their first win of the season and avoid the worst season ever by a team.
The Colts punted six times on 11 possessions, including three of their five first half possessions, with the fifth drive ending only because time expired at halftime.
They scored their only points of the game on the fourth drive with a 22-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri, and the last drive with a meaningless touchdown pass from Dan Orlovsky to Jacob Tamme as time expired.
The Ravens offense, on the other hand, did whatever they wanted to do in the first half.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw his first two touchdown passes of his career against the Colts when he hit Torrey Smith on an 8-yard touchdown pass on the first possession for Baltimore, and on the second possession of the second half on a strike in the redzone to tight end Dennis Pitta.
On the second Ravens possession, kicker Billy Cundiff kicked a 36-yard field goal to give Baltimore a 10-0 lead late in the first quarter.
The third Ravens possession was much like the first two in that they did whatever they wanted to do to Indianapolis' defense. Ray Rice ran in his 12th touchdown of the season on a 7-yard touchdown run to give Baltimore a 17-0 lead.
The Colts went into the half trailing 17-3 just like last week against New England. This time though they didn't come out wanting to win.
The Colts had three straight three-in-outs and gained really nothing. On their fourth drive Dan Orlovsky was intercepted by Ravens safety Bernard Pollard. On their next drive the Colts got the ball on a short field, but couldn't capitalize. They ended up turning the ball over on downs on the 3-yard line.
The Ravens were equally inefficient besides their one touchdown drive in the half as well.
Baltimore punted on their first drive, was intercepted on the third drive in the endzone, and were stopped on fourth down near the middle of the field by the Colts on the fourth drive. On their fifth drive running back Ray Rice made a rare mistake by fumbling and Colts linebacker Kavell Conner recovered on the Ravens' 20-yard line. The sixth and final Ravens possession ended in a punt like the first.
This game is usually a huge rivalry game with Baltimore hating the Colts for leaving the city in 1983 for Indianapolis, but with how bad Indianapolis has played this season took all the air out of this rivalry it seemed.
I know Orlovsky didn't play well, but there is one thing we can be happy with and that is Curtis Painter wasn't leading this team. Who knows how many pick sixes the Ravens would have had with him in the game.
The Colts will try and regroup and get their first win next week at home against division rival Tennessee Titans at 1 P.M. in Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts for a change of pace can play spoiler to the Titans as they chase a playoff berth.