Indianapolis Colts: Top 5 Overreactions From Week 1

By Bethany Robison

Indianapolis Colts: Top 5 Week 1 Overreactions

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The Indianapolis Colts unleashed one of their patented fourth-quarter comebacks against the Denver Broncos to open the season, but they lost. What we saw on the field Sunday night indicated the Colts might be both better and worse than expected. This team is predictably unpredictable. Here are a few overreactions to be wary of heading into Week 2.

5. Robert Mathis’ Surprise Torn Achilles

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5. Robert Mathis’ Surprise Torn Achilles

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It sucks. It really sucks. But Mathis didn’t play in any of the four preseason games, and due to his suspension, he wasn’t going to play any games in September either. The Colts lost a fantastic talent, maybe permanently, but had the injury occurred under different circumstances, they would have been much less prepared to deal with it.

Then again, they had to put backup linebacker Cam Johnson on IR, so ...

4. Slow Starts on Offense

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4. Slow Starts on Offense

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For the past two seasons, two quarters of play per game has been enough to get the Colts at least 10 wins and a playoff spot. In Week 1, they moved the ball well and accumulated more than 400 yards in total offense against a much-improved Broncos defense. Turnovers and third downs are the real issues, but slow starts are survivable, and 60 minutes of dominance is overrated.

3. Slow Starts on Offense Again

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3. Slow Starts on Offense Again

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Aside from the loss of Mathis, this is THE topic of the week, which basically means that there is a branch of Colts fans getting a little tired of complementing the team for being scrappy. When the Colts shift into come-from-behind gear, their play calling is more aggressive, their execution is more precise, and it’s a lot more fun to watch. Maybe they should just do that all the time and see what happens.

2. Uncertainty at the Center Position

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2. Uncertainty at the Center Position

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Having three centers is kind of like having zero centers. Newly-reacquired A.Q. Shipley was fine after just a few days back in Indy following getting cut by the Ravens, and how lucky is he feeling right now? The Colts are giving the impression that they’d like to start Khaled Holmes if he ever gets healthy, but rookie Jonotthan Harrison has the most reps. The Broncos sacked Luck three times, but somehow the line didn’t seem that bad.

1. Red Zone Performance

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1. Red Zone Performance

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Third-down and red zone execution were two points of emphasis in the offseason, but it didn’t especially show against the Broncos. The Colts went 4-for-13 on third down (yikes) and 2-for-4 on fourth down, including a stop at the goal line. This may not actually be an overreaction. This might be the perfect time to panic.

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