This game was supposed to be a lot closer than this. In fact, no one would have been surprised to see the score the other way around. Instead, the Indianapolis Colts walked out of the University of Phoenix Stadium with an embarrassing 40-11 loss to the surging Arizona Cardinals.
The Colts just flat out got embarrassed and never showed up to play. Indianapolis had a decent pass rush all day on Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer, but breakdowns in the secondary allowed for big plays and kept drives alive for Arizona. Yesterday may have been the worst game of Vontae Davis and Cassius Vaughn‘s careers, which contributed significantly to the loss.
Indianapolis put Arizona in third-and-deep situations countless times, and one of those two allowed a Cardinals receiver to get open to extend the drive with a first down nearly every time.
The Colts made a mediocre Palmer look like Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. He finished 26-for-37 with 314 yards and two touchdowns. If they could have gotten off the field, it would have been a different result. But, Davis and Vaughn didn’t let that happen.
This is now an issue. Indianapolis can’t be relevant if the corners can’t play better. This is too many times since the bye week that they’ve allowed career days for receivers. If the secondary continues this recent trend of bad play, then their playoff hopes will be short-lived. Shame on this secondary and their effort. This had better be the last loss to a non-playoff team.
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