I tried to write this last night after the game, but I think I was in shock that it actually happened. The Colts actually won a second game this season!
The guys did exactly what they needed to do to get the job done. The offense played well enough to give the defense a rest. The defense was able to play hard enough throughout the whole game that the Houston Texans were never able to get on track. In the end--just like last week--the Texans defense looked more like the one they had in 2010, not the 2011-Wade Phillips led version that was once the No 1 defense in the league.
For those of you that missed the game I suggest you find a friend that has the NFL Network; they'll be replaying this one. It was pretty entertaining from beginning to end.
Dan Orlovsky is making people wonder right about now how bad/not so bad the team could have been had he been the man instead of Kerry Collins or Curtis Painter. Lighting up the Patriots defense was nothing special; every one has. Getting spanked by the Ravens brought expectations down to earth since they are one of the top defenses in the league.
Now that they have beaten one of the top defenses and a top ten offense the question has to be asked-- what could have been?
What if the defense had not had to play most of the first half and were too exhausted to stop a pee wee team in the second half?
What if the Colts had some semblance of an offense all season long?
What if the team did not have to suck?
Well, we will never know of course. We do know that the team has found a few play makers on defense. Pat Angerer (yep, coolest name in football), Jacob Lacey--they will be great additions to the defense when Gary Brackett and Melvin Bullitt come back next year.
Offensively, Donald Brown may be the answer. Personally, I am still not sold on the guy, but I will say that there is hope for him with some better coaching and more practice with the first team (get rid of Joseph Addai). We still need some offensive linemen though.
Mostly what the team needed was to simply believe that they could win. The first few games this season they were in it, no matter who was at QB. The breaking point seemed to be New Orleans game when they got lit up real bad real fast. For the next few games they appeared to just say *uck it.
As much as I like Curtis Painter the turning point was benching him. I hope he gets on with someone next year; now I'd be shocked if they bring him back.
The win last night will probably save Jim Caldwell's job. With depleted forces they managed to beat the division champs at home. It still won't shock me if he is canned, but he could potentially lock up the job for one more year if they beat the Jaguars next week.
It's been a crazy season folks, but at least we have the chance to end it on a high note.