The Indianapolis Colts lost their preseason opener Thursday night. The game stayed tied until the fourth quarter when the Jets hit a 51-yard field goal for the 13-10 victory.
Andrew Luck finished the game after the team’s opening drive. He was 4-for-5 for 53 yards.
Matt Hasselbeck relieved Luck and had a very efficient half of football. He was 10-for-15 for 114 yards and a touchdown.
Running back Daniel Herron was the recipient of Hasselbeck’s touchdown and was extremely impressive all night long. Herron had seven carries for 26 yards and led the team in receptions with six for 36 yards.
Khaled Holmes went down with what appeared to be a left ankle injury in the opening drive of the game. The Colts already have a severe lack of depth across the offensive line, so hopefully this is just a minor sprain and he’ll return to the field soon.
Rookie Jonotthan Harrison took over at the position and his play wasn’t exactly encouraging. He had two bad snaps that cost the Colts 25 yards. It also looks like Harrison is the team’s second best center behind Holmes and that doesn’t bode well for the season.
Holmes wasn’t the only player injured for the Colts either.
Trent Richardson had some encouraging plays tonight. While he had just 13 yards on five carries, three of those runs came after Holmes was injured and resulted in just one yard gained.
T.Y. Hilton continued to show his development into a featured wide receiver. Hilton had three receptions for 38 yards in his lone drive with the offense.
Linebacker Henoc Muamba was a stud on defense. He led the team with 12 tackles and a forced fumble.
The defense overall appeared to be an improved unit, but its hard to judge against a Jets offense that ranked 25th in the NFL last season. The Colts held New York to 237 total yards and 7-for-16 on third down. They also managed three sacks and a few quarterback hits.
The Colts had just over a minute to tie or take the lead but third string quarterback Chandler Harnish was sacked and lost the ball. The Jet recovered and the was the game.