Indianapolis Colts: Secondary Still Problematic in Colts' Win

By Eric Smith

Everyone knew going into today’s game in Ford Field that the Indianapolis Colts would have a tough time with the Detroit Lions. It wasn’t too far fetched though to think they could win, but with a lack of effort by the secondary they nearly lost. They need to thank Andrew Luck for his miracles on hiding the fact they were terrible.

Indianapolis nearly lost to one guy and one guy only and that was Calvin Johnson. It was simple as that.

How you let a guy of Johnson’s caliber beat you is beyond me. The Lions were already without two receivers in Brian Robiske and Titus Young entering today. Then, rookie Ryan Broyles went down early in the game with a knee injury and left the Lions with only one guy to target.

Mix that with Detroit entering today as the top passing offense and the league and it didn’t take a rocket scientist to know who they were going to. It’s inexcusable to allow him to beat you. Good teams force others to beat you but they’re not going to allow the opponents star to have a big day.

Johnson finished the game with 13 receptions for 171 yards and a fluke touchdown. He was targeted a game high 19 times. Again maybe after he caught his sixth or seventh pass the secondary may have wanted to defend him. But to allow a career high receptions and a big day was the biggest reason to why the Colts almost came out a loser today.



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