So much for the common perception that the Indianapolis Colts‘ defense is built to play with a lead.
The Colts’ stop unit surrendered 21 unanswered points after the team’s offense established a 17-point lead, and Indy suffered a crushing 28-24 home loss Sunday to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Now 0-5 for the first time since 1997 after blowing what might have been their best chance to date at their first win of 2011, the Colts go forward with many questions — one of them being when that first victory will come.
What happened to the “play with a lead” idea? The Colts certainly had a lead for their defense to play with. Indy built an early 17-0 lead on touchdown connections between Curtis Painter and Pierre Garcon — one of which was a 67-yard bomb on which Garcon blew up Kansas City’s coverage. Painter, who finished 15-of-27 for 277 yards and those two touchdowns, also made nice connections with Reggie Wayne and Austin Collie, whose catch near the goal line set up running back Delone Cart...