By Ana Krasuski // @ana_krasuski
Philadelphia Eagles 20 – Indianapolis Colts 16
The Indianapolis Colts were unable to pull off a victory against the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday in a 20-16 loss to put their record at 1-2.
Though the loss was only by four points, the Colts seemed to have regressed, especially offensively. They showed little efficiency on third down and committed 11 penalties for 77 yards. It was sloppy, uninspired football.
The Colts’ leading rusher was quarterback Andrew Luck, with 33 yards. It was known that the Colts run game would be by committee this season, but that was obviously not working on Sunday. The next highest rusher was RB Jordan Wilkins, who had 6 carries for just 19 yards.
Perhaps the only silver lining in this team’s performance was the secondary, specifically linebackers Margus Hunt and Darius Leonard, made things difficult for Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia offense.
Leonard tallied two sacks, five tackles for loss and two passes defended. Hunt also had three tackles and a strip sack to preserve a lead for the Colts late in the game.
Luck averaged only 4.1 yards per attempt and looked extremely frustrated throughout the game. After stumbling from an almost-sack by Philadelphia’s defensive end Derek Barnett, Luck failed to complete a touchdown that would’ve given the Colts the lead in the fourth quarter.
“Our defense did a heck of a job playing a bunch of plays and really giving us a chance to win,” Luck told the Indy Star. “We had our chances and we didn’t take advantage of them as an offense.”
The Colts offense is going to have to improve vastly to defeat AFC South foe, the Houston Texans, next week. Although Houston has an 0-3 record, the Houston defense is still feared by most in the NFL. DE J.J. Watt and the rest of the Texans will be hungry to get that first win, so the Colts will have to step it up.
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