The Indianapolis Colts (9-7) allowed an uninspiring start to the game trickle down into an upset loss in which the Las Vegas Raiders (9-7) came into Lucas Oil Stadium and steal a 23-20 win on Sunday.
It was a poor outing all around. The quarterback play was lacking extremely while the defense couldn’t get off the field on third downs. There is something to be said about having 14 players activated from the COVID-19 list, but that excuse only gets you so far.
The Colts should have won this game in a relatively easy manner. But they got complacent, came out flat and let the Raiders come in for a massive road victory to keep their season alive.
Here’s what the Colts had to say following the big intraconference loss:
Letting the fans down
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Head coach Frank Reich opened his postgame presser admitting how disappointed the team was in their efforts on Sunday. Given that it was likely the last time the Colts will play at home this season, he felt as though the team let the fans down.
Reich: “Disappointing loss. Really disappointed that we didn’t do what we had to do to take care of business in front of our home fans and clinch a spot in the playoffs. So, feel like we let the fans down there. Congratulations to the Raiders, they outplayed us and out-coached us in all three phases. In all three phases. So, give them credit. Coach (Rich) Bisaccia did a great job getting his guys ready. Offense, defense and special teams. They had good plans and out-executed us. I give them credit.”
COVID-19 to blame?
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Quarterback Carson Wentz and several of his teammates battled a bout of COVID-19 over the last week and while it should be acknowledged, Reich still maintained the position that the Colts simply didn’t show up to play.
Reich: “It’s hard to say. Obviously, it’s always great to get every rep you can but at this time of the year, you lean on accumulated reps when you have to. It’s not uncommon for players this time of the year to…