Colts take positives from 12th consecutive defeat
Yes, the Colts are 0-12 for the season. And, yes,
Indianapolis is within one game of tying the franchise record for the
most consecutive losses to begin a season, set in 1986.
But anybody who may have thought that Indianapolis
would be a doormat for the Patriots or any other team remaining on the
schedule didn't take into account the Colts' mettle.
The Colts fell 31-24 at New England on Sunday, but
they fought back after the Patriots had taken a commanding 31-3 lead in
the second half. The Colts continued to battle and came within
recovering an onside kicks with 30 seconds remaining of having an
opportunity to tie the score.
Next up is the Ravens in yet another road game
that will severely test Indianapolis' will.
"The guys certainly played hard, and (quarterback)
Dan (Orlovsky) certainly gave us a lift there," coach Jim Caldwell
said. "He threw the ball accurately and did a nice job. We mixed up the
run and the pass pretty well."
Indianapolis actually outgained New England, 437
yards to 362. That was the Colts' best offensive output of the season,
topping the 399 yards gained at Tennessee on Oct. 30.
"But the mistakes killed us," Caldwell said. "We
had a fumble and an interception. We had penalties. Those penalties and
those kind of mistakes are the kinds of things that make a difference
in the ballgame. We've just got to keep getting better."
Despite another loss, the Colts did show
"There were some things that we did better,"
Caldwell said. "You've got to feel good about that. We did make some
strides, and we did show some promise.
"But the bottom line is that we've got to win.
That's what we're measured by. We fight and we scratch, but we're not
satisfied, obviously. We have to find a way to win."
The New England game was the first for
Indianapolis with new defensive coordinator Mike Murphy directing
things from the sideline.
"Hopefully as time goes on in the next couple of
weeks, you might see a few different things, but not much (the first
game out)," Murphy said. "In the past, our identity was when (the
opponent lines up), the (Colts') front four are coming. And we'd like
to try to regain that."
TRENDING: Quarterback Dan Orlovsky, a University
of Connecticut product, made an impressive first start for the Colts at
New England. Orlovsky completed 30 of 37 passes for 353 yards. He threw
two touchdown passes and had one pass intercepted.
He led the Colts to the most points (24) that the
offense has scored in a game since Oct. 9 against Kansas City. It was
Orlovsky's first NFL start since 2008 against Green Bay when he played
BY THE NUMBERS: 19 -- Plays in Indianapolis'
second-quarter scoring drive, the Colts' longest of the season. The
march culminated in a 31-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri.
Indianapolis had two 13-play scoring drives earlier in the season
against Houston (Sept. 11) and Tampa Bay (Oct. 3).
--WR Reggie Wayne registered his 92nd consecutive
game with a pass reception, hauling in a Dan Orlovsky pass early in the
first quarter. He had five receptions on the day for 55 yards.
--WR Pierre Garcon caught a career-high nine
passes for a career-best 150 yards and two touchdowns against the
Patriots. It was Garcon's third 100-yard receiving game and his third
multiple-TD game this season.
--WR Austin Collie had season highs in total
catches (seven) and receiving yards (70) against the Patriots.
--RB Donald Brown rushed for 41 yards on 14
carries and had a touchdown run. It was the second straight game that
Brown had a rushing TD.
--LB Pat Angerer left the game late in the first
quarter after suffering an apparent knee injury. Angerer did not
return, and he was replaced for rest of the game by LB A.J. Edds.
--CB Jerraud Powers suffered an apparent
hyperextended left elbow late in the second quarter. Powers did not
return. His arm was in a sling after the game.
--CB Terrence Johnson went down early in the
opening quarter with a forearm injury and did not return. Johnson's arm
was in a sling after the game.
--CB Jacob Lacey made his first start at left
cornerback since Oct. 16 at Cincinnati. Lacey has now started six games
--RB Delone Carter fumbled for the third time in
his past four games. Carter had been held out of the previous week's
game with Carolina due to his fumbling issues.
--FB Jerome Felton made his first start for the
Colts after he was added to the roster earlier in the week. He had been
on Carolina's practice squad.
--TE Brody Eldridge (hand) did not make the trip
and was a pregame inactive.
--DT Drake Nevis (lower back) did not make the
trip and was a pregame inactive.
--FB Ryan Mahaffey (concussion) did not make the
trip and was a pregame inactive.
--QB Payton Manning (neck) was a pregame inactive.
--TE Dallas Clark (fibula) was a pregame inactive.
--CB Kevin Thomas was a pregame inactive. Thomas
had started the previous five games at left cornerback.
--DE Jerry Hughes was a pregame inactive.
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