Although defeated by the Chicago Bears, the Colts’ week one performance Sunday afternoon showed glimpses of the greatness to come for Indianapolis. It is easy to get discouraged after a tough loss, but Colts fans have a lot to be hopeful for this season. In the type of situation the Indianapolis Colts find themselves, it is important to keep the big picture in mind. Throughout Andrew Luck’s NFL debut, a positive could be found for almost every negative.
Opportunities for improvement
- Offensive line – Andrew Luck found himself under quite a bit of pressure many times throughout the contest. In fact, Luck was sacked 3 times, threw 3 interceptions and was forced to fumble. The running game also suffered due to the lack of protection by the line.
- Turnovers – The Colts finished the season opener with 5 turnovers, 4 of which find themselves among Andrew Luck’s stats. In addition to Luck’s 3 interceptions and fumble, the Colts’ special team loss of possession in the second half after fumbling of a punt return.
Strengths to build upon
- Quarterback – When given enough time in the pocket, Andrew Luck displayed the excellence for which he was drafted in the first round by the Colts. Luck finished the game with 23 receptions for 45 attempts, 309 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 interceptions. He was sacked 3 times. Compared to former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning in his NFL debut, Luck’s stats were nearly identical. According to CBS Sports, Manning completed his first career start with 21 receptions for 37 attempts, 302 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 interceptions. Peyton was sacked 4 times during his debut.
- Defense – During the Bears’ first drive, the Colts defense sacked Jay Cutler and scored off the quarterback’s first interception. Of the 5 turnovers caused by the Colts, only 2 resulted in a Bears score on the consecutive drive. The Colts defense were able to hold the Bears to 3 points both times.
With every failure, there is a chance to learn. With every weakness, there is a chance to improve. With every big play, a team’s confidence and cohesiveness strengthens. During Sunday’s games, the Colts defense, offense and special teams all gave their fans a sneak peek into what the future holds for their team. As soon as the three units can consistently produce results and balance one another successfully, the Colts will be back to the winning culture for which they are known.
For more information on the game, check out the box score.