Week 13: Close Only Counts in Horseshoes and Hand Grenades

The game was not supposed to be this close.  The Patriots were 20.5 point favorites – only the 5th time a team had been favored by 20+ points since 2000.

The Colts, against their rival Patriots, gave their all, but fell short 31-24. 

The Colts made a big comeback led by the connection of Dan Orlovsky to Pierre Garcon.  Orlovsky played very well today in his first start for the Colts.  He was 30/37 for 353 yards, 2 TD, and an interception that was on an incredible catch by Jerod Mayo. 

But, not to be a scrooge here, but the things people are saying about Orlovsky after today’s game are eerily similar to what I heard following Painter’s first start….

But, this was a very good game by Orlovksy, and the team looked better than it had in weeks.  Pierre Garcon had 9 catches for 150 yards and 2 TDs, his third 2 TD game this year. 

As Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) noted after the game, the Colts out rushed and out passed the Patriots. 

“We out rushed them,out passed them..but the turnovers killed us”
If the Colts had stopped Rob Gronkowski, they would have won.  But nobody can stop Gronk.  He caught 2 TDs, rushed for a TD, and recovered an onside kick.
One big stat of note: Last week, the Colts converted 11% of their 3rd down attempts.  Today?  67%.  Thats a big improvement.
A loss is a loss.  No way around it.  The Colts are 0-12. 
But it is days like these where I am proud to wear the blue and white and the horseshoe.  This team gave effort, and I know it gets repetitive to hear about all the effort when they keep losing.  But I fully expected the Colts to get blown out.  And they didn’t. 
And for that, they can take a little pride, and get ready for Baltimore next week.

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