Colts Lose to Patriots, Make it Respectable: 31-24

Well, it ended how we expected it to, but the Colts made it much more exciting than anyone would have expected.

After falling behind 31-3 late in the third quarter, Dan Orlovsky led the team on three touchdown drives in the fourth quarter, two passes and one Donald Brown run. Their comeback bid fell short however with a failed onside kick. The Colts may have fallen to 0-12, but there were several bright spots during the game.

  • Dan Orlovsky looked significantly better than Curtis Painter has. Yes, the Patriots defense is awful, but Dan-O made throws under pressure, was accurate, and didn't falter in the final minutes, all unlike Painter.
  • Donald Brown still looks like a quality running back. His touchdown run in the fourth was great job, making the defense miss in the backfield, then outracing the defense to the corner.
  • In the first and fourth quarter, the defense held the Patriots to 3 points. And Brady was in for all but one of those drives. And without Pat Angerer, Jerraud Powers, and Terrence Johnson who were injured during the game.

There will be more analysis tomorrow, along with negatives from the game, but for now, a seven point loss is a positive for this Manning-less Colts team. Go Colts!

Kyle J. Rodriguez

About Kyle J. Rodriguez

A film and numbers guru, Kyle writes about the NFL and the Indianapolis Colts for Bleacher Report, Draft Mecca and The Football Educator, and is a co-founder and associate editor of Colts Authority. Kyle also is a high school sports reporter for the MLive Media Group in Michigan, covering high school sports across the state.