Well, the Colts found a way to lose again. The 6-6 Colts took on the 5-7 Buccaneers this week. The Buccaneers won in a high scoring game 38-35. The Colts have lost five of their last six, and any hope of making the playoffs is just about gone.
The Colts offense had a decent day; however, it was not enough to win the game. Jacoby Brissett played better than he has been, but he did not do as well as he should have against the Buccaneers’ pass defense. He completed 19 of 36 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns. He did not throw an interception.
The wide receiver group is still depleted, so Marcus Johnson was the leading receiver with three catches for 105 yards and a touchdown. Zach Pascal had five catches for 74 yards and a touchdown. Parris Campbell returned from injury, but only had three catches for 12 yards.
The rushing game was non-existent, but that was expected against a tough Buccaneers run defense. Marlon Mack returned from injury and had 13 carries for 38 yards and a touchdown. The Colts rushing attack averaged a lowly three yards per carry.
The defense started well as Darius Leonard picked off Jameis Winston’s first pass of the game. The second drive also went well as the Colts recovered Dare Ogunbowale’s fumble. Darius Leonard intercepted another pass and took it 80 yards for a touchdown. Malik Hooker added an interception, as well.
However, Jameis Winston was able to overcome his turnover problem. He completed 33 of 45 passes for 456 yards and four touchdowns. The turnovers make the defense look a little better; however, they were ultimately carved up by Winston. The Colts run defense was able to shut down the Buccaneers to an average of fewer than three yards per carry.
The Colts had to use a new kicker in this game as Adam Vinatieri was out with an injury. They picked up Chase McLaughlin from the 49ers, and he had a decent game. He connected on field goals of 50 and 19 yards. He also made all three of his extra-point attempts. However, he missed a 47-yard field goal that would have made the Colts’ lead 38-31. The Colts’ special team unit has been a problem all year, and it has cost them a lot of games.
The 6-7 Colts take on the 10-3 Saints next Monday night in New Orleans. Watch it on ESPN at 7:15 PM CT.
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