It looks more and more like the Indianapolis Colts will be an also ran in the AFC, and that will likely delay the return of Andrew Luck to the lineup. The Colts were given a chance to make a move in the AFC South, but they saw their 11-game winning streak against the Titans come to an end with another alarming second half meltdown. But the division is so unsettled that one win, yes one win, can change the entire landscape. The Colts will need to get that win when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars in another division matchup in Week 7.
In order to do that, however, the Colts must first overcome the second-half woes that have plagued them all season. The issues arose again on Monday night when Indy was outscored 27-9 over the final two quarters and succumbed to a 21-3 disadvantage in the final 15 minutes. They’ve played well in the first half of games, taking a lead or tie into the break in the last five, but the Colts have been outscored 126-44 in the second half and overtime of games, including an 85-22 margin in the fourth quarter.
It’s been a collective effort, too. Jacoby Brissett looked phenomenal in the first half of Monday’s game, completing 12 of 17 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown. But once again the opponent made adjustments and Brissett struggled in the final 30 minutes, hitting just 9 of 20 attempts for 93 yards. The defense didn’t help, allowing the Titans and their gimpy quarterback to do what they wanted.
2017 Record: 2-4
2017 ATS Record: 3-3
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 5-1
Current Super Bowl Odds: +10000
Current Odds to Win AFC: +4000
Current Odds to Win AFC South: +1000
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Week 6: Titans 36, Colts 22
ATS Result: Titans -7
Over/Under Total Result: Over 46.5
Another disastrous second half cost the Colts another game. Indy played flawlessly in the first half, opening a 13-9 lead and used a John Simon pick-six to increase the lead early in the third quarter. But Adam Vinatieri missed the PAT and things went downhill from there. The Titans reeled off 27 of the next 30 points to win the game in a rout, covering the 7-point spread. The second half explosion allowed Indy to cash the over in a fourth straight game.
Week 5: Colts 26, 49ers 23 (OT)
ATS Result: Colts -1
Over/Under Total Result: Over 43.5
Another fourth quarter letdown nearly cost the Colts, but Adam Vinatieri came to the rescue again, hitting a 51-yard field goal in overtime. Indy seemingly had an easy cover win with a 23-9 lead with eight minutes left in the fourth, but the Niners stormed back to tie the game and cash the over with a late score. Brissett tossed a pick at the goalline in OT, but the defense held before Marlon Mack moved them into position to get the ATS win.
Week 4: Seahawks 46, Colts 18
ATS Result: Seahawks -12.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 41.5
Things were looking good for Colts backers at the break with a 5-point lead and 12.5-points in the bank. But the tide turned in a span of 13 seconds in the third quarter, ending Indy’s run of two straight covers. With the game tied 18-18, J.D. McKissic ripped off a touchdown run. On the first play of Indy’s next possession, Brissett was strip-sacked with Bobby Wagner rumbling for Seattle’s second defensive score of the game. Seattle scored the final 28 points to easily cash the over.
Week 3: Colts 31, Browns 28
ATS Result: Colts +1
Over/Under Total Result: Over 42
Apparently the Colts didn’t appreciate being an underdog to the Browns. Behind three first half Brissett touchdowns, Indy built a 28-7 first half lead and held on for their second straight cover win and first SU victory of the season. The Colts scored more points in the first half than they did in their previous two games combined and easily cashed the over for the second time in three games.
Week 2: Cardinals 16, Colts 13 (OT)
ATS Result: Colts +7
Over/Under Total Result: Under 44
The Colts covered the 7-point spread, but if you ask them they should have won the game. After kicking a field goal to go up 13-3 early in the fourth quarter, the offense stalled and a few inopportune penalties allowed Arizona to catch up. The Colts killed off just four and a half minutes over their final three possessions and dodged a bullet when the Cards missed a field goal try at the end of regulation. With a reprieve in overtime, Brissett tossed a pick on the first play and the Cards cashed it in.
Week 1: Rams 46, Colts 9
ATS Result: Rams -3.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 41.5
Before the seats were even warm the Colts found themselves trailing 10-0 and never could catch up. The line jumped the fence when news that Luck wouldn’t play came out and getting spotted 3.5-points wasn’t nearly enough. The Colts were behind 37-3 by the time they scored their first touchdown and they surrendered nine more points after that, allowing the Rams to eclipse the total by themselves.
Preseason Record: 2-2
ATS Record: 1-2-1
Over/Under Total Record: 1-3
The last time someone other than Andrew Luck started a season opener for the Colts was back in 2011 when Kerry Collins got the nod. That happened to be the year in between Peyton Manning and Luck when the Colts went 2-14, secured the No. 1 overall pick and landed Luck in the draft. The team is hoping to have Luck back soon as he continues to recover from shoulder surgery and the longer he remains out, the less likely the Colts are to win games.
Week 1: Colts at Rams, Sunday, September 10, 4:05 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 2: Colts vs. Cardinals, Sunday, September 17, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 3: Colts vs. Browns, Sunday, September 24, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 4: Colts at Seahawks, Sunday, October 1, 8:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 5: Colts vs. 49ers, Sunday, October 8, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 6: Colts at Titans, Monday, October 16, 8:30 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 7: Colts vs. Jaguars, Sunday, October 22, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 8: Colts at Bengals, Sunday, October 29, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 9: Colts at Texans, Sunday, November 5, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 10: Colts vs. Steelers, Sunday, November 12, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 11: Bye Week
Week 12: Colts vs. Titans, Sunday, November 26, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 13: Colts at Jaguars, Sunday, December 3, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 14: Colts at Bills, Sunday, December 10, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 15: Colts vs. Broncos, Thursday, December 14, 8:25 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 16: Colts at Ravens, Saturday, December 23, 4:30 p.m. ET – NFL
Week 17: Colts vs. Texans, Sunday, December 31, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
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