The Indianapolis Colts have started their season with two losses for the third-straight season. Despite the rough start, the team isn’t too terribly worried about their circumstances in 2016.
The Indianapolis Colts to the Denver Broncos by a score of 34-20 this past Sunday, bringing their overall record to 0-2 to start the 2016 season.
With the San Diego Chargers coming to Indianapolis this coming Sunday, the Colts will look to avoid their first 0-3 start since the 2011 season.
Although things may be looking bleak for the Colts to start of the season, some on the team don’t appear to be too concerned, per Mike Wells of ESPN.com.
"“On one hand, it’s better than getting blown out in two games,” Anthony Castonzo said. “On the other hand, we could be 2-0. In past years it’s kind of been that same way where we have to do one more thing to win and we just have to make that play when it’s there. We have to finish games. It would be great to be 2-0, but we have to live in reality that we’re 0-2. We have to scratch and claw.”"
The Colts’ defense can’t seem to cut a break, either. Through the first two games, the defense that ranked 26th in the NFL last season is without multiple starters.
“That’s the water we’re drinking now,” Mike Adams said. “That’s what’s happening now. Fluke accidents like that. And we can’t control it. It is what it is. We have nothing but upside. We can only get better.”
In the Colts’ week one loss to the Detroit Lions, quarterback Andrew Luck was looking to orchestrate another fourth quarter comeback. That is, until the defense allowed Matthew Stafford and the Lions to march 50 yards in 25 seconds — setting up a game-winning 43-yard field goal from Matt Prater.
On Sunday against the Denver Broncos, the Colts again were in position to win the game late in the fourth quarter. And then right tackle Joe Reitz was completely beaten by Von Miller for a strip sack that was returned for a touchdown — effectively putting the game out of reach.
“It’s frustrating,” Head coach Chuck Pagano said. “We’ve got to find a way to finish. I know we have a good football team. We’ve got a quarterback who, obviously, will win a ton games and who we’ve won a ton of games with. It’s frustrating to be right there and not get it done. We’re not going to make excuses.”
“You just have to keep grinding,” Adams said. “We can’t cancel the games. We can’t say wait until this guy gets healthy. We have to step up. That’s what it is. I don’t care if it’s a guy out there and I don’t even know his name. If he’s out there he’s capable. We have to be making plays.”
With the Colts being in the easier part of their schedule for 2016, an 0-2 start is not ideal. While their key injured players will return as the season progresses, they will need all of the help that they can currently get with what they have — which isn’t much.
The Colts take on the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, Sep. 25 at 4:25 p.m. ET.
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