David and Goliath. It’s a tale as old as time.
You know the story. Underdog David, despite all odds and disadvantages, defeated the giant Goliath by hurling a rock into his forehead. On Sunday the Colts were David, the Steelers, Goliath.
Only difference is after the Colts threw the rock at the Steelers and had them down on the ground, Pittsburgh got up and knocked the Colts in the jaw.
Up 17-3 in the second half, the Indianapolis Colts did what the Indianapolis Colts do best: choke.
Chuck Pagano’s team used to be plagued by slow starts. They would get down 20-3 en route to a 34-20 defeat, and the coaches and players would rant and rave about how “this team doesn’t have quit in them.” But the 2017 Colts are different; these Colts have nothing BUT quit in them.
I watched Sunday’s game in a bar, one known for being a Pittsburgh Steelers hub. One of two people wearing blue in the whole building I clapped when Jacoby Brissett threw 60-yard touchdown bombs to Donte Moncrief and Chester Rogers and hung my head in laughter when Ben Roethlisberger had ten seconds to throw before finding a wide-open Vance McDonald for the tying score.
After the Steelers kicked the game-winning field goal with no time left, I had more than one Pittsburgh fan–including the bartender–come up to me and say how they didn’t think the Steelers would come back and win the game.
I told them I didn’t doubt it for a second.
At this point in the season, we know what these Colts are. They are a joke, and a bad one at that. They belong in an Adam Sandler film; they’re that lazy and that predictable.
Just like in previous weeks there are tiny nuggets to be proud of like Jacoby Brissett’s continued productivity, posting a 99.6 passer rating and those two TDs.
But, also as with most every game this season, coaching again failed the Colts. Conservative defense, clueless offense and undisciplined penalties led to yet another 4th quarter collapse. And not a single Colts fan was surprised.
Chuck Pagano likely won’t be fired during the Colts upcoming bye week although it wouldn’t surprise anyone; I’m sure even he can find a way to have the team lose next week.
Going in as 10 point underdogs the Colts had a chance to shock the world and in a sense they did: it is truly shocking that a team can find this many ways to lose a game.