What an embarrassing performance the Indianapolis Colts put on Monday night against the mediocre San Diego Chargers. For some reason the Colts, who’ve been very good this season and showed fight and a will to win every week since Andrew Luck was drafted, showed no effort in a bad 19-9 loss on the road. This was their chance to prove to the world that they belong on the primetime stage.
All weekend ESPN was airing Monday Night Football commercials nabbing this as Luck’s Monday Night debut. The Colts were America’s new darling team and were supposed to steamroll the mediocre Chargers.
Someone forgot to alert the Colts of that.
Instead of going in, taking care of business, and making this weekend’s game with the undefeated Denver Broncos a fight for the top seed in the AFC, they’re now 4-2. They should have taken care of business against the Miami Dolphins in Week 2 and really be 6-0 heading into Sunday night’s game. Now, they’re faced with their backs against the wall coming off of an ugly loss with the effort level back to the 2011 season.
If they show that kind of effort the next few weeks then they will likely be 6-6 going into the December 8 game with the Cincinnati Bengals. If they play like they did in victories against the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and the Jacksonville Jaguars, however, they will be 10-2. Do you see how close the season could be on the edge of effort?
Last night’s game was strictly uncalled for. That same Chargers team lost to the Oakland Raiders by 10 points the week prior. All night Colts cornerback Greg Toler was playing too far off of receivers, the linebackers were always out of position and no one seemed to show they wanted to be there. Then on offense the play-calling was atrocious, Luck was mediocre and the receivers dropped way too many balls.
Reality is the Colts lost to a bottom half of the league team which won’t sniff even an outside chance at the playoffs. Championship level teams don’t lose to bottom feeders. That’s what happens when you beat yourself. This has to stop starting now if they want to be a Super Bowl contender.
Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the past four seasons and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru