Luck And Colts Hit A New Low In Loss To Arizona
The Indianapolis Colts played their worst football of the 2013 NFL season in a 40-11 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. That's pretty bad when they just lost a game 38-7 to the St. Louis Rams two weeks ago. I for one had predicted this would be a tough game for this team, especially if they fell behind early, which was indeed the case here.
If you put everything into perspective, the Colts have not really been playing at a high level this season. Their wins against elite teams like the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos may have only provided false hope for a team that's currently struggling to find consistency.
Andrew Luck, along with the Colts, perhaps had his worst game of the season. Luck finished with only 163 yards on 20-for-39 passing with one touchdown and one interception thrown. His counterpart Carson Palmer continued to impress as he threw for 314 yards and two touchdowns.
The Colts' running game has been just horrible all season and things didn't get any better. They finished the game with a total of 80 yards on the ground. Trent Richardson continued to let fans in Indianapolis down with a very poor performance of seven carries for 15 yards and zero touchdowns. I'm really surprised a player with his ability hasn't been able to get things going on a team with such a potent aerial attack.
As inconsistent as they've been, this Colts team's chances of making the playoffs are still pretty solid. The competition in the AFC isn't really that stiff so I don't see them playing their way out of the postseason. They have a Week 13 matchup at home against a Tennessee Titans team that they just defeated a week ago. Their toughest game will come against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 14 — a game that may or may not have serious playoff ramifications. The Colts will have to find a way to get things going and become more dangerous on the ground if they want to be a factor come playoff time.