Sunday, December 11, 2011
Wrap-up: Ravens 24, Colts 10
By Paul Kuharsky
Thoughts on the Indianapolis Colts' 24-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens and M&T Bank Stadium:
What it means: The Colts forge on toward 0-16 with their 13th loss of the season, never really threatening the Ravens. A week after Dan Orlovsky provided some encouragement in his work bringing the Colts back from a large deficit in New England, he was terrible. He threw 20 incomplete passes, connecting on 17 for 136 yards, while taking four sacks and throwing an interception. He hit Jacob Tamme for a touchdown on the last play of the game, fumbled three times (though Indy recovered them all), hit on nothing longer than 13 yards and posted a 53.4 passer rating. The Colts have made it through their toughest stretch of schedule and could face rookie quarterbacks in their next three games.
What I didn’t like: How many tackles did the Colts miss on Ray Rice alone? A lot. Also, how does a team get beat by a throw back across the middle like the one Joe Flacco found Dennis Pitta on for a 7-yard touchdown?
A bit of credit: The Colts went for it on fourth down four times and they converted three times. It makes sense when there is nothing to lose. It’s also made necessary when you go two-for-14 on third down.
Illustrating ugliness: The Colts had 12 first downs to the Ravens’ 24. The Colts averaged 2.9 yards per pass play. The Colts held the ball for only 23 minutes and 52 seconds. Seven of the Colts’ 11 possessions were four plays or fewer.
What’s next: The Colts host the Titans on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Tennessee won the first matchup 27-10 on Oct. 30 in Nashville.