Sunday, November 22, 2009
Rapid Reaction: Colts 17, Ravens 15
By Paul Kuharsky
BALTIMORE -- And so concludes a full month of less-than-stellar play from the Indianapolis Colts.
I think it’s a bad thing for the rest of the NFL that the Colts have managed a 4-0 record over those four weeks.
In many ways, they were outplayed Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. Just like after narrow wins over San Francisco, Houston and New England, there are issues that will show up in meeting rooms back at team headquarters, but not in the standings.
There, after a 17-15 win over the Ravens, things remain perfect at 10-0.
Peyton Manning threw two bad interceptions that kept the Ravens very much alive. But the Colts' defense repeatedly held up and forced field goal attempts. Three points at a time is rarely going to get it done against Indianapolis.
And as the Ravens appeared to be marching to points that would give them a late lead, Gary Brackett jumped in front of a short Joe Flacco pass over the middle aimed for Ray Rice.
The interception was Baltimore’s first give-away of the day and pretty much sewed up the result for the resilient, find-a-way Colts.
A butchered challenge by John Harbaugh -- he called a timeout, then lost a challenge, burning two clock stoppages on the same play -- and a silly attempt by Ed Reed to lateral a punt return at the very end accelerated the ending.
Next up, a rematch with the division rival Texans in Houston. The Colts will surely be watching what unfolds in Houston on Monday night when the Titans visit.