Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 10/15/12

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 27: Kicker Adam Vinatieri #4 of the Indianapolis Colts attempts a field goal during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on September 27, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Colts defeated the Cardinals 31-10. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
New York Jets 35 vs Indianapoils Colts 9

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

FG A.Vinatieri 20 yd. Field Goal (7-57, 3:13)

2nd Quarter

TD S.Hill 5 yd. pass from M.Sanchez (N.Folk kick) (14-80, 6:49)

TD S.Greene 10 yd. run (N.Folk kick) (5-35, 3:04)

FG A.Vinatieri 50 yd. Field Goal (11-53, 3:41)

TD J.Hill 5 yd. pass from M.Sanchez (N.Folk kick) (11-70, 5:39)

3rd Quarter

TD S.Greene 4 yd. run (N.Folk kick) (7-91, 3:54)

4th Quarter

FG A.Vinatieri 47 yd. Field Goal (9-47, 1:56)

TD S.Greene 2 yd. run (N.Folk kick) (5-14, 2:47)

 

What the Colts did Right

When you lose to a team by 26 points and that team isn't necessarily good, their isn't much to be proud of.

On offense, Vick Ballard had some nice runs. He runs hard on each play and it seems like each time he gets an extra 2 yards that you wouldn't neccessarily get from Donald Brown. He made some nice catches at the end too. Coby Fleener made some nice catches too. He's slowly becoming more and more important. Reggie Wayne, although shut down for most of the game, had some nice catches. Not a great performance overall. As for Andrew Luck, he made some nice throws and scrambled pretty well, but overall he did badly. 

On defense, Jerry Hughes had a very good performance. Not only did he get pressure on Sanchez, which included a sack, but he was in a lot of the running play stops. This was probably the best game of the season and maybe his career. Cory Redding was pretty solid, but unfortunately an injury limited the snaps he played. 

Adam Vinatieri had a very good game. He nailed 3 field goals, one from 47, one from 50 and one from 20. He's really silences the doubters. 

 

What the Colts did Wrong

This one is going to be long.

The offense was the reason the Colts lost this game. Andrew Luck was just awful overall. He overthrew his receivers on easy passes at least 4 times. Some of those passes were about 4 yard passes. It's terrible. He made the wrong read the majority of the time and it is the reason why his completion percentage was horrible. Those bad decisions led to bad passes that resulted in a couple of picks. It could have been much worse for him had there had been no penalties. Cromartie had 2 pick 6's taken back due to penalties. This year, he's been great throwing wise, but his decision making is below average. Better decision making will come with experience.

Back to the first line of the last paragraph, the Colts offense lost it for them because they essentially gave up 14 points as Luck threw an interception in his zone and they had a fumble inside their 15 yard line. That was for the Jets. Had they not done that, the Jets would have scored 21 points and the game would have been much more interesting.

The receivers' performances are based on the quarterback play. The quarterback wasn't great, and neither were the receivers. Nobody stood out and that's the first time we could say that all year. They caught the passes that were thrown at them and there weren't really any drops, besides a few by Reggie Wayne, Dwayne Allen and Donnie Avery. 

The O-line play was very mediocre. Luck was sacked 4 times today, and pressured him 50% of the time he dropped back to pass. There wasn't one guy who stood out in a good way or a bad way, they all performed pretty badly. If anything, Jeff Linkenbach was the best lineman along with Samson Satele. Castonzo was beat a few times, Justice was beat a few times and McGlynn was man handled by Muhammed Wilkerson. They also didn't open holes for the running game, which is why it never took it. Bad performance overall.

On defense, they allowed Shonn Greene, a player who averaged 2.9 yards per carry to have a 160 yard game with 3 touchdowns. That's just awful. Their O-line 100% outplayed the Colts' D-line. The linebackers didn't play that well, or at least well enough to stop the running game by themselves. 

The secondary was also pretty bad. Tom Zbikowski had another bad game, with his lack of football instincts showing. Antoine Bethea missed some tackles too, although he had a pretty good game. Back to Zbikowski. They should now start rotating Joe Lefeged in on some pass prevention situations. He's a liability in coverage, but his tackling skills are better than that of Lefeged. 

Finally, the defensive play calling was not very good today. They played man coverage early on, and that seemed to have worked. Then they started playing more zone coverage, and then Sanchez started coverted on key plays. They played too conservatively on defense, especially in the 2nd and 3rd quartre, and that's when they really started taking over. They have to be more aggressive. 

One person said this, and he's right: "There are going to be games where we do really well and win, and there are going to be bad games as well. It's part of their 'rebuilding process.' "

 



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