The Indianapolis Colts were hopeful that the 2018-19 season would bring new momentum for the team’s rebuilding process. Unfortunately, the team has been unable to take control and has fallen to an overall record of 1-5 after losing to the New York Jets Sunday. Now at the bottom of the AFC, the Colts will have to step up if they want even the smallest chance of making the playoffs.
The Colts’ offense has shown moments of promise, but lately they are only experiencing downfalls. Quarterback Andrew Luck did not appear to have a bad outing, throwing for 301 yards and four touchdowns. However, he also managed to throw three interceptions, which ultimately resulted in a disappointing performance. Luck’s red zone target, Eric Ebron has been providing a lot of help for Indianapolis since joining the team. After being listed as questionable all week, Ebron caught four of seven targets and a touchdown. The strong tight end had been dealing with a few bumps and bruises in his lower half, but evidently, they did not hold him back from taking part in Sunday’s contest. The touchdown marked a career-high for Ebron with six touchdowns on the season.
Fans were relieved as Marlon Mack was back out on the field after being inactive for several weeks with an injury. Although Mack did not have his best performance, he is a player that was highly talked about in the preseason following a strong training camp. The 22-year-old finished with 12 carries for 89 yards and was held out of the end zone for the entirety of the game. Indianapolis was hoping for a heavier workload out of Mack, but cannot complain about the performance, especially since the team was able to score 34 points on the day. If the team is going to stand a chance in future contests, then they will need to have a strong running option.
The Colts continue to deal with lingering injuries in the receiving core as T.Y. Hilton and Jack Doyle were listed as inactive yet again. Hilton was not much of a surprise considering he did not practice for the majority of the week and left in last Thursday’s game. Doyle, on the other hand, has been inactive since Week 1 and has shown little signs of improvements. Although Ebron was able to get things done at the position, Doyle’s presence is certainly missed as yet another viable option in the field. The team’s battle to stay healthy needs to be addressed, whether that be in training sessions or at a management level.
Over the past couple of seasons, Colts’ fans have become bitter with disgust for the product that gets put onto the field. Players have failed to produce, as well as have not reached the playoffs in multiple seasons. If the team has any chance of making the postseason this year, then changes will need to be made immediately.