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Self-Inflicted Negatives Tell The Story In Colts Loss To Jets

Intro: Chuck Pagano’s press conference after Monday’s 20-7 loss to the Jets brought out two specific reasons for the Colts second straight setback to start 2015. What were they?


INDIANAPOLIS – Chuck Pagano calls them "sins"---self-inflicted negatives.

It's a stat his team was so sound in two seasons ago, leading the NFL in fewest committed turnovers and penalties.

After two weeks of the 2015 season, and two multi-score losses, the Colts find themselves at the opposite end of the NFL in those categories.

"The National Football League is very hard to win games. Even more so, (with) five turnovers, 11 penalties," Pagano said in his opening statement following Monday's loss to the Jets.

"You can't penalize yourself. You can't turn the damn ball over."

In Monday night's 20-7 loss to the Jets, the five Colts giveaways and 11 penalties did indeed tell the story.

The chances to escape Monday with a win was still there into the fourth quarter, thanks to an Indianapolis defense keeping the margin at two scores, or less, throughout.

Yet whenever the Colts seemed to have a sliver of hope in Monday's loss, the "sins" re-entered the picture.

Andrew Luck's night was marred by three interceptions as the Colts offense searched for consistency against a pressure-filled Jets attack.

In 2014, the Colts offense was a unit opposing teams blitzed with hardly any success.

After two weeks of the 2015 season, the Colts are looking to find that same production, when the defense does attack.

As he always does, Luck shouldered a chunk of the blame again on Monday.

"My play, turning the ball over, fumbles, interceptions, it's a pretty glaring issue," Luck said of the offensive troubles through two games.

"You don't want to take anything away from what the Jets did on defense, but we continually shoot ourselves in the foot with penalties and turnovers. If we don't clean those up, it's hard to win football games."

Indianapolis will return to the practice field on Wednesday with a simple message on its minds in Week Three.

Last year, the Colts put an 0-2 start well behind them, rattling off five straight wins in a season that went through the AFC Championship.

Before any playoff talk or double-digit win-season predictions can re-enter the picture for 2015, the Colts are on a mission for just one.

"Find a way to get a win. That's what we've got to do," Luck said on Monday night.

"We've got to have great practice. We'll keep working. There's a bunch of good football players in that (locker) room. Guys that know how to win. We'll get back on the practice field and try to make sure we prepare right."

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