One thing that seemed to be fixed in today’s 42-28 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals for the Indianapolis Colts was the passing game. The Colts finally found some receivers to step up and help this offense out, as Da’Rick Rogers and LaVon Brazill combined to have 160 yards and four touchdown on nine catches. These two, with T.Y. Hilton and Coby Fleener, could give Indianapolis a passing attack once again.
Two things still glaring after today’s loss though was the lack of a running game and the offensive line’s inability to protect Andrew Luck.
The leading rusher today was Luck, as he only rushed twice for 32 yards, 29 of which came on a play in the second half. The two running backs, Donald Brown and Trent Richardson, combined to have 31 yards on 10 carries. Brown had 11 yards on four carries, while Richardson had 20 yards on six touches.
That’s not going to get the job done in the post season.
Yes, Indianapolis fell behind early and had to pass more, but they had all first half to get something going, which didn’t happen; that’s going to need to be addressed before the postseason starts in a few weeks. If the passing game is like this going forward, then that could set up the run.
Indianapolis has to be feeling better going forward despite the loss, but the ground game and line need to be fixed. This is going to be a concern and the reason they won’t reach the Super Bowl if not corrected quickly.
Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports and has covered the team the past four seasons. He’s recognized as an accredited of the media by the Colts. You can follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru