It wasn’t pretty, but the Indianapolis Colts came away with a much-needed victory Sunday as they beat the Tennessee Titans by a score of 22-14. After a 40-11 drubbing by the Arizona Cardinals, Indianapolis had to come out of this game with a win to avoid losing even more ground in the division. Not only that, but the Colts needed to see points put on the board and a ‘W’ in the win column badly.
Make no mistake, this wasn’t all good for the Colts. They may have won, but there are still some glaring issues at hand for Indy. This victory over Tennessee took four turnovers by the Jake Locker-less Titans and a whopping five field goals by Adam Vinatieri.
First of all, Andrew Luck yet again finished with his third game with a passer rating below 65.0 out of his last four. This time, Luck finished with his lowest rating of the season at just 59.4. Luck threw for just 200 yards on 17-of-32 passing and also threw in interception. He was also sacked five times. Over his last four games, Luck has just two passing touchdowns versus five picks.
Another problem for the Colts has been the run game. After rushing for over 700 yards in their first five games of the season, the Colts have netted only 499 yards on the ground in their past seven contests. The Colts opened the season a top-5 rushing team after four games in, but now currently find themselves ranked 19th. Of course, losing Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard have hurt the ground game, but Donald Brown and Trent Richardson are more than capable of fixing the problem.
The loss of Reggie Wayne is looming large right about now for the Colts, who don’t seem to have a true identity on offense now that there is no go-to weapon. Unless there is a plan put in place — and executed — to fix this offense, the Colts won’t be going anywhere in the playoffs. The AFC is just too strong for Indy. It’s that simple.