Bye Week: Colts Won’t Lose this Week!

Well, it is the Colts bye week and for the first weekend of football season, they will not lose.

The Colts, 0-10, came into the season with very high hopes, but they were destroyed when superstar quarterback Peyton Manning missed his first game in his career.  He has not played since.  We will look at some positives (there is not too many), some negatives (there is alot), and look ahead (oh no…).

Positives:

  • Pat McAfee.  He is having a pro bowl year.  He has punted nearly 6 times per game.  Averaging 47.4 yards per punt. 
  • Anthony Castonzo, Ben Ijalana, Delone Carter, Drake Nevis.  In short, the rookies.  Castonzo and Ijalana were playing well before they were injured, as was Nevis.  Carter has had his lumps (fumbles, for instance), but for a rookie, he has played well. 
  • Pat Angerer.  The second year pro has 105 tackles, tops in the NFL.  He has played incredibly well for the Colts, and looks to be their starting MLB for the future. 

Negatives:

  •  Quarterbacking.  Curtis Painter is making Colts fans wish that Kerry Collins was still starting.  And that is saying alot.  The Colts should be preparing Dan Orlovsky to start following the bye.  If nothing else, he knows a thing or two about how to handle going 0-16…
  • Dallas Clark.  His season may be over due to injury, and it has been a bad season.  Clark is second in the NFL in drops with 7.  He only has 28 catches and 2 touchdowns.  I said he was the Colts best player other than Manning…
  • Jim Caldwell.  I feel bad for the guy.  He is a great person, and the Polians have handed him a terrible hand.  But, Caldwell has not done anything to help himself.  He will be the first person gone at the end of the season.
  • The Polians.  They have had terrible drafts in recent years and have built the team very poorly.  Without Manning to cover up, those flaws have been exposed.  While he may not be fired, Bill may retire at the end of the year.  Then it would be up to Jim Irsay to determine whether Chris Polian without his dad is a good enough GM.  I say no.  We will see what Irsay says.  Stay tuned.
  • The Colts are 0-10.

A Look Ahead:

Sunday November 27          Carolina Panthers       

Sunday December 4              @ New England Patriots

Sunday December 11            @ Baltimore Ravens

Sunday December 18            Tennessee Titans

Thursday December 22       Houston Texans

Sunday January 1                  @ Jacksonville Jaguars

The Colts may be able to beat the Panthers, but Cam Newton and Steve Smith is not something I like against this Colts defense.  The next four games will likely be losses.  If the Colts cannot beat Jacksonville at home, can they beat them on the road?

This Colts team is 0-10.  And, at the bye, things are not looking any better. 

It sure will be odd watching December football without the Colts in contention.

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