INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts started the second half of the regular season with a disappointing 38-8 loss to the St. Louis Rams. Today’s news looks at those mistakes along with a nice act by punter
Take a look below at the top pieces from Monday, November 11th.
By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star
Even with a 6-2 record coming into Sunday, the Colts had some flaws that were one again on display yesterday according to Holder.
For the fifth time in nine games, the Colts trailed at the end of the first quarter and the ability to “survive your own mistakes” finally caught up to them.
“We knew coming into this game after last week’s game [at Houston] that we’re not going to be able to consistently spot teams three-touchdown, four-touchdown leads and be able to come back,” Pagano said. “And we can’t count on executing well on both sides of the ball and special teams for 30 minutes of the game. You got to do it over 60 minutes.”
Luck, as he’s done throughout his short career with the Colts, didn’t get discouraged. After the game he addressed the media, then walked around the locker room slapping hands and offering words of encouragement to his teammates before finally making his way to the shower.
That’s what the Colts will need from Luck off the field to go with his competitiveness on it because they'll likely encounter another situation like Sunday at some point in their remaining seven regular-season games.
“It’s a tough business,” Pagano said. “It’s not for the meek. It’s for grown men. Everybody in that locker room, coaches and players, we got broad enough shoulders to handle it. You sit there and you dwell on it and dwell on it; we ain’t got time to dwell on it.”
Definitely the highlight on Sunday came at halftime when punter Pat McAfee helped with a surprise for a military family.
A Toyota SUV sat in the north end zone at halftime of Sunday’s game at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The bigger surprise, however, was inside, and provided an emotional reunion for Christin Inocencio and sons Dominique and David. Their husband and father, Jeremy, an Army Sergeant First Class, popped out of the driver’s side and embraced his family. It was part of the team’s Salute to Service in honor of Veterans Day.
Jeremy arrived in Indianapolis on Saturday night after a tour of Afghanistan.
“Awesome,” said Colts punter Pat McAfee, who helped orchestrate the memorable moment for the family from Southern Indiana. “Hopefully it’ll be a moment they’ll remember forever. I wish we could have gotten them a win, but this was bigger than any game.”