I thought by the 5th or 6th game, there would be a pattern and we would have a pretty good idea where the team was at.........
The first 3 1/2 games , they looked pretty much the same, then..........came the second half of this weeks game and another team showed up, I am not sure which team is the real Colts, the next 2 weeks should help clear that up.....or not.
For whatever reason it happened, that was a good sign...or.....
to be down 21-3 vs a team that good, at the half and come back and win, is pretty amazing, for a any team, let alone a team filled with "new" and young.
It , for the next 10-15 years begins and ends with Andrew Luck, despite all the wholesale changes, this is the same team that we have seen the last decade+, I have not seen a QB come into this league and play like he has-ever, when your team's QB, is that good, you have a chance to win-any game, Luck won't be the determining factor-yet, that will depend on the supporting cast ( defense) if they play at or above average, the odds of winning will be much higher ( sound familiar)
The first half was dominated by the Packers, Luck was hit hard and often and once, I thought he would have to be carried off the field, that was one of the worst hits I have witnessed, not often does a QB get hit , when he has no idea he is about to get leveled and he was completly leveled and ...........didn't miss a beat (wow!)
The makeshift O-line (sound familiar) actually run blocked the best I have seen to date, but the pass blocking was still not anyone near good enough, Luck showed his toughness, as he has all year, that is a season ending injury waiting to happen, the O-line needs stability and continuity to excell and the revolving door, thus far, hasn't helped, not sure if it's lack of talent, they haven't played enough to really judge that, but it better get better, in a hurry.
Not sure I have seen a receiver play at the level Reggie is playing at, he is on a mission!! setting a career high with 212 yards,on 13 catches ( including another amazing one handed grab) and a amazing TD catch, which proved to be the game winner. The offense should continue to grow, each week, with Hilton, Allen and Fleener learning as they go, to compliment Reggie and Avery, that is an impressive group and Luck will make lots of plays, if giving the time to make them.
Whatever the defense ate, drank , heard or did , at halftime, needs to repeated the next 12 games, they played great in the second half, all teams are going to make plays, this is professional football. They too, should get better each week. I really didn't expect much from this side of the football, this year, which is one of the reasons I felt the team would struggle, one half of one game isn't enough to change what happened the first 3 1/2 games, but it's a start and if that continues.......They had 5 sacks, Freeney (welcome back) Mathis (again) Fokou and Redding (2) I didn't expect much from Redding either, not in year #11, but he has played well and his experience in the league and with this defense is immeasurable. Freeman led the way (again) with 8 tackles and Powers has really taken his game to the next level.
The kicking game has been sporatic, the coverage units are still a work in progress and the return game is still looking for that guy. When you win, none of that really matters, because it's not that relevant, that was quite a performance and a very good overall team win vs one of the better teams in the NFL, next up the Jets and their circus they call a team, I will be watching very close the next 2 weeks to see if it starts clearing up