The Indianapolis Colts’ 2016 season has been teetering on the edge of a collapse for a while now. Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers could finally push it over the edge.
The Colts have looked lethargic, unprepared and inconsistent in every game they have played this season. There is absolutely no sign of those trends changing any time this season.
Yet somehow, they have pieced together three wins this season; all of which involved fourth quarter comebacks. Unfortunately, their luck appears to be running out because of numerous factors.
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Injuries continue to plague the Colts as their season drags on. Last week, they had four regular starters sitting out with injuries. Then, their top receiver T.Y. Hilton and cornerback Vontae Davis suffered injuries against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Next, Indianapolis’ offensive line has been absolutely atrocious this year. Quarterback Andrew Luck has taken a beating this year inside the pocket.
Luck has been sacked a NFL-high 31 times and has also been hit 61 times this season. On four occasions, he has been sack five times in one game.
With all of these problems still unresolved, the Colts now travel to Lambeau Field to take on the 4-3 Green Bay Packers.
Statistically, the Packers look to have a very good defense. They are 16th in passing yards allowed per game (247.0), second in rushing yards allowed per game (74.4), and 11th in sacks (19 total).
To make matters worse, the Packers also have a quarterback by the name of Aaron Rodgers. Even though Rodgers is having a down-year perception-wise, he just threw four touchdowns in his most recent game against the Atlanta Falcons.
The Falcons’ pass defense is bad, but the Colts’ pass defense is even worse. All signs point to Rodgers carving up Indianapolis’ defense Sunday.
With a loss Sunday, the Colts would fall to 3-6 on the season and could potentially fall three games back in the AFC South race. Making up at least three games with eight remaining is a tall order, especially for this flawed Colts’ team.
As mentioned before, Indianapolis’ season has been on the verge of collapsing for a couple of weeks now. The boys in blue need their best performance of the season to prevent everything from falling apart. Unfortunately, they may be too unstable to deliver that sort of result.