NFL 2018: In Time, Colts Will Put Things Together

Russell S. Baxter

NFL 2018: In Time, Colts Will Put Things Together

By Julie Voigt

Special to Pro Football Guru

They will get through this together. The Indianapolis Colts have been through much more than this. In fact, there should be no reason for panic. After all, it’s only one game.

Why the angst? Is it because the long-awaited return of Andrew Luck didn’t go exactly to plan? Is it due to the fact that the club came up a bit short in Sunday’s 34-23 home loss to the Cincinnati Bengals? Did some expect Luck to lead this young Colts’ team and it to be instantly transformed into a 12-4 club after one week?

Is the fact that it’s a new era with head coach Frank Reich and general manager Chris Ballard meant instant results? This because the Chuck Pagano/Ryan Grigson six-year experiment ended in disappointment?

So many questions were left unanswered after Sunday’s 11-point home setback. And that’s certainly understandable. Why? Obviously, it’s only Week 1. The Colts wanted to win to erase the bad taste out of their mouthpieces. Make it five consecutive years that the franchise has kicked off their season with a loss.

Despite the end result, Luck played with so much emotion and enthusiasm. He wound up hitting on 39 of his 53 passes for 319 yards and two touchdowns, along with one interception. “I had fun,” explained the positive quarterback to Zak Keefer of the Indy Star after the game. “I love this team. We’re going to be alright. We’ll keep working, and we’ll get better.”

There were plenty of positives and a lot of young players got an opportunity to show what they could do, including rookies Quenton Nelson, Jordan Wilkins, Skai Moore and Matthew Adams.

But the outcome was still disappointing. Many fingers pointed to Jack Doyle’s lost fumble (retuned by the Bengals for a score) late in the fourth quarter as the deciding factor. But the Colts had so many opportunities to score. There was Luck’s interception in the first and a drop by wide receiver T.Y. Hilton in the second half may have led to a touchdown.

Optimism and positivity. Luck and the team will take that into Washington on Sunday as they face a solid Redskins’ team. They also hope to have left tackle Anthony Castonzo and running back Marlon Mack, both who missed the game on Sunday.

But this team remains very much a work in progress. And patience must continue to be exercised.

Julie Voigt, a former contributor for NFL Female (now OurTurf Football) is a freelance NFL writer. You can find her on Twitter (@SwhrtColtsFan13), Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.


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