Sunday, November 6, 2011
Wrap-up: Falcons 31, Colts 7
By Paul Kuharsky
Thoughts on the Colts’ 31-7 loss to the Falcons at Lucas Oil Stadium:
What it means: The Colts are 0-9 and showed no reason for optimism. With Miami winning in Kansas City, Indianapolis is the only winless team in the league and thus the favorite for Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.
What I didn’t like: The Colts didn’t have a play longer than a 16-yard Curtis Painter-to-Austin Collie pass play. The Falcons, meanwhile, got two gigantic touchdown receptions from rookie Julio Jones, the first for 50 yards and the second for 80. His receiving yards on those two plays were more than the Colts’ total of 118.
Injury of concern: Tight end Dallas Clark left the game in the second quarter with a lower leg injury and did not return. His productivity as a pass catcher is way down with Painter in at quarterback for Peyton Manning, but the Colts are hardly a better team without him in the mix.
The same, but different: Both teams averaged 4.0 yards a carry in the run game. But Atlanta ran it 41 times and the Colts just 21.
Other ugly numbers: Average gain per pass play was 10.8 for Atlanta and 2.9 for Indianapolis. Time of possession was 37:46 to 22:14 in the Falcons’ favor. At least the Colts’ offense shouldn’t be especially tired this week.
What’s next: The Colts host the Jaguars in a game many consider Indianapolis' best chance to win a game. Jacksonville will be coming off a bye.