Indianapolis Colts: Time to Panic After Today's 24-20 Loss to Miami Dolphins?

By Eric Smith
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Indianapolis, IN- The Indianapolis Colts dropped to 1-1 on the season after a 24-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday. After a loss many people are quick to hit the panic button. Is it warranted after a loss in Week 2?

It may be looking at what’s coming up for the Colts.

Indianapolis has struggled to protect quarterback Andrew Luck after two games this season. After he was sacked 41 times in 2012, including at least once every game, the Colts front office decided to spend some big money to upgrade it for 2013.

Indianapolis signed Gosder Cherilus and Donald Thomas in free agency and drafted Khaled Holmes and Hugh Thornton. Well, through two games Luck has been sacked in both games for a total of seven times.

After he was sacked four times last week Jim Irsay took to his Twitter calling out everyone saying they need to protect their franchise player better. Well, he was sacked three more times today and under pressure all day.

Mix in the fact that the line has some serious injury concerns – as Thomas went down with a leg injury in the first quarter and is now out for the year and both Jeff Linkenbach and Holmes were out with injuries themselves – and now the Colts only have six healthy offensive linemen.

That’s a huge concern.

Another reason to panic a bit is the lack of play from the corners. They gave up too many plays against the Oakland Raiders and got beat by the Dolphins due to that today. The biggest issue is newly signed corner Greg Toler. He played decent in the first game intercepting a pass in the end zone on the first possession, but since then he’s been mediocre.

Toler gets beat an awful lot and was beat up and down the field all day today. If both don’t get fixed soon then the Colts could be in some trouble in the coming weeks.

Next week the Colts travel for the first time this season and take on the San Francisco 49ers. It’s no secret that’s a Super Bowl contending team and are very physical on both sides of the ball. It will be a very tough game for Indianapolis to win.

From there they take on divisional foe the Jacksonville Jaguars and that game should be a win, but then they take on the Seattle Seahawks, on the road at the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football, then host the Denver Broncos and travel to take on the Houston Texans following the bye week.

If these issues don’t get resolved they won’t win any of those games putting them 2-6 heading into the November 10 home game with the St. Louis Rams. That’s not good for a team that spent so much money this offseason and have the talent returning from an 11-5 playoff team in 2012.

This team is better than that and need to start performing now.

Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the past four seasons and recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru

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