What a tale of two different games it was for the Indianapolis Colts as they’re now two games into the 2013 NFL preseason schedule. In Week 1, the Colts were embarrassed by the Buffalo Bills 44-20 at home in the friendly confines of Lucas Oil Stadium. The performance was so bad that owner Jim Irsay took to Twitter to bash the team.
Irsay and a number of fans grew worried that they made the wrong moves this offseason, and thought things needed to change immediately as it seemed the panic button was hit. After a good week of practice, the Colts showed their owner and the fans why they shouldn’t be worried as the same Super Bowl aspirations are still there and very attainable.
Indianapolis beat the New York Giants 20-12 at MetLife Stadium and showed everyone on the national stage on Sunday night they’re a legit team with a very scary offense and improved defense. The effort was there on both sides of the ball and on special teams, as they were the better team on the field tonight.
The Colts’ defense only gave up 247 yards on Sunday night, which was far better than the 400-plus yards against the Bills last Sunday. They sacked New York six times and even had an interception by newly-acquired cornerback Greg Toler. It was the smash mouth defense they wanted, pressuring the quarterback and playing solid coverage downfield.
Andrew Luck looked superb on offense, throwing two touchdowns on his 13 passing attempts. Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton made incredible grabs all night.
Overall, it was a very good performance; but just like the overreacting in Week 1 about the loss, they can’t overreact after a Week 2 victory. They have to continue to get better between now and next Saturday’s game and make it difficult for the coaches to decide on who makes this active roster come the regular season.
Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer. He’s recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. You can follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru