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What Could Have Been For The 2017 Colts?

The glimmers of hope for the Colts have been there almost every week, lasting into the second half, before the inevitable occurs. Just how poor have the Colts been in second halves this season?

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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.

As Andrew Luck returns from Europe in late December, he is expected to begin throwing again, per a report from ESPN.
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