Colts’ Offense Can’t Get on Scoreboard, Lose to Falcons 31-7

Another game, another lopsided loss.

Welcome to the 2011 Colts' season.

While the entire Colts' team was once again under-performing, the offense was especially bad, turning it over on the first two drives (leading to two touchdowns) and putting the Colts in a big hole early. That hole was one that this team is not going to be able to overcome, especially not with poor play from Curtis Painter and the offense.

Painter was replaced in the fourth quarter by Dan Orlovsky, ending with 98 yards on 13 of 27 passing. Orlovsky was 4 of 6 for 20 yards, all coming in garbage time drives.

The Colts ran the ball 20 times, with 16 carries going to Donald Brown, who gained 71 yards, for a 4.44 average. Delone Carter, who was effectively benched after fumbling on the second play of the game, took  4 carries for 8 yards.

On defense, the Colts gave up far too many big plays, but really only gave up one long, sustained drive. Of the other three touchdowns, two came on 50 and 80 yard TD passes to Julio Jones, and the other was a 19 yard drive after Carter's fumble.

The positive was Jerraud Powers interception and six yard touchdown return (the Colts only score of the day), which was the first turnover in 23 quarters for the Colts' defense. Overall, it was bad, but not unexpected (although the offense's complete collapse was a bit surprising).

There'll be more analysis throughout the week as I get to see the game film. For now, be glad that Miami won and the Colts are that much closer to the #1 pick.

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.