Vintage Andrew Luck pulls back from embarrassment | Zak Keefer - IndyStarThey were as decimated by injuries as they’ve been in a decade Indianapolis Colts T-Shirt
, trying to win in a stadium they haven’t in 12 years, limping into the house of the longtime league bullies without much of a puncher’s chance.Colts Notebook: Locker room sticks together amidst losing streak | George Bremer – Herald BulletinThey’re both physical and mental for the young Colts, who played without 12 starters Thursday night at New England. Indianapolis (1-4) lost its third straight game, 38-24, to the Patriots (3-2), and once again missed opportunities in the second half were a major factor. But there’s no blame being tossed around in the locker room. Instead of fracturing under the frustration, the losing streak seems to be pulling the team closer together.Colts lose to Patriots 38-24 on Thursday Night Football | Phil Nardiello – FOX 59The Colts put up a valiant effort, but the short week, mounting injuries and of course, Tom Brady were all too much to overcome as they fell in New England Indianapolis Colts Hats
, 38-24 to drop to 1-4 on the season.Despite Injuries Around Him, Andrew Luck Has Best Career Performance Against Patriots | Kevin Bowen – WFNI ESPN 107.5/ 1070 The Fan | Indy’s SportsCenter The New England Patriots have stifled Andrew Luck throughout his career, but on Thursday night, No. 12 put together an impressive performance.Colts’ miscues undermine Andrew Luck’s 300-yard game | Mike Wells - ESPNThe Indianapolis Colts took the field at Gillette Stadium already down two players from the maximum of 46 allowed on the active roster. And they were down to 40 players by the time the game ended in a 38-24 loss to the New England Patriots.Colts receivers continue to look for answer to dropped passes | Brendan C. Hall - IndyStarIndianapolis Colts tight end Erik Swoope was asked about how he and his teammates will attack the ball security issues that lingered for yet another week and, before he could answer, teammate Eric Ebron couldn’t help but offer a lighthearted groan.Patriots overwhelm short-handed Colts | George Bremer – Herald BulletinLike King Leonidas and the Spartans holding off the Persians at the Battle of Thermopylae, the result of Thursday night’s game at Gillette Stadium felt inevitable.Colts’ Andrew Luck can’t beat the Patriots by himself | Gregg Doyel - IndyStarThe injuries were almost as absurd as Andrew Luck. That’s how bad they were. That’s how good he was.5 Things Learned: Patriots Handle Depleted Colts | Kevin Bowen - WFNI ESPN 107.5/ 1070 The Fan | Indy’s SportsCenterThe Colts made it interesting for some second-half stretches, before the Patriots pulled away for their 8th straight victory over Indianapolis. What did we learn from the 38-24 loss to the Patriots in New England?Colts get sobering reminder that ‘it’s just a game’ | Stephen Holder – The AthleticMuch鈥?of the鈥?conversation around鈥?the Indianapolis Colts鈥?Thursday鈥?night鈥?portrayed them as the victims鈥?of a massive slew鈥嬧€?of injuries.Despite Luck’s heroics, depleted Colts suffer their usual fate in New England | Bob Kravitz – 13 WTHR IndianapolisThey began the game with 44 semi-healthy players. By game’s end, a 38-24 loss to the Patriots (what’s new?) Indianapolis Colts Hoodie
, the Colts were down to roughly 39 players and were scouring the press box for ambulatory souls who may have played football in a previous life. In what was less of a battle against another team, the Colts fought a battle against injuries. Thursday night football is a travesty that should either be heavily modified or scraped all together. With that said the Colts battled hard and made plenty of mistakes that resulted in a loss against a team none of us ever want to lose to. While the team seems to have earned some respect given the effort they played with through the injuries, they still dropped to 1-4 on the season. Each week, I will look to break down two of the best or worst plays or situations from the previous game, but I’ll need your help deciding what plays should be given a closer look as I hope to explain what happened in greater detail than the broadcasters can. Often you’ll hear “how did that guy get so open?” and I hope to be able to answer that question for Colts fans this season.This week my vote will go towards Andrew Luck’s touchdown passes because I really need to breakdown something positive. I struggled to come up with individual plays that were impactful given the nature of the game, instead I picked a few of the bigger plays, even if they didn’t change the outcome. Injuries played a huge role but I’m not going to break down film of guys getting hurt, I’m just not going to do it. If you have any ideas other than plays I have listed I would love to hear about them in the comments.