What Could Have Been For The 2017 Colts?
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INDIANAPOLIS – Chuck Pagano does not envy the thought of what those Monday team meetings have felt like for him in 2017.
Win on Sunday and Monday is a joyous time in analyzing the film.
Lose on Sunday and Monday is a grind, trying to correct the wrongs, so a losing streak does not linger.
But lose like the Colts have in 2017---seemingly always following the same script of blowing second half leads, which will ultimately keep them out of the postseason for a third straight season---and it gets tiresome.
“Walking in front of those guys every Monday it gets a little old, to be quite honest with you,” Pagano said earlier this week. “They are fed up. We are fed up.”
The Colts have led in second halves in 9 of their 11 games this season. They are just 3-6 in those 9 games.
How bad are the late game numbers for the Colts?
-The Colts have blown 6 second half leads, 5 fourth quarter leads and 4 double-digit leads in the second half.
-With 6 games lost after leading at halftime, the Colts are 2 games away from tying an NFL-record for the most halftime leads blown in a single season.
-The Colts are 1 of 5 NFL teams with at least 8 halftime leads this year. The Colts are 2-6 in those games. The 4 other teams (Patriots, Panthers, Eagles and Vikings) are 31-2 in those games.
-The Colts have been outscored 182-71 in second halves this year.
-The Colts have scored 2 fourth-quarter touchdowns all season long. They’ve been outscored 117-28 in the final quarter, which is easily the worst fourth-quarter scoring margin in the NFL.
Here is Thursday's injury report:
DNP: TE-Darrell Daniels (ankle), C-Ryan Kelly (concussion), CB-Rashaan Melvin (hand), DT-Hassan Ridgeway (shoulder).
-Bowen’s Analysis: Both Kelly and Melvin are expected to miss this week’s game versus the Jaguars. Daniels and Ridgeway both had to sit out last week’s loss to the Titans.
LIMITED: WR-Donte Moncrief (groin)
-Bowen’s Analysis: This is a new name on the injury report, after Moncrief practiced fully on Wednesday. Moncrief's status at Friday's practice deserves watching.
FULL: OG-Kyle Kalis (knee)
-Bowen’s Analysis: Kalis missed last week, but it’s looking like he will be back this week, in a reserve role.