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Colts News: Vintage Andrew Luck pulls the Colts back from embarrassment against Patriots Vintage Andrew Luck pulls back from embarrassment | Zak Keefer - IndyStarThey were as decimated by injuries as they’ve been in a decade Youth Andrew Luck Jersey , 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, 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?), 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. The Colts got a win at home Sunday in what was a very one-sided affair. By midway through the first quarter, the Colts appeared to be easily the better team and didn’t do anything to cause doubts about that fact. The Bills were by far the worst team the Colts have played this season, so they should have done just what they did, but that hasn’t always stopped them from showing up and being underwhelming. With just the Raiders ahead before the Colts get their bye week, lets take a look at the snap counts from week 7 and see what they can tell us about this team.Offense#PlayerPositionOffensive SnapsPercentDefensive SnapsPercentSpecial Teams SnapsPercent#PlayerPositionOffensive SnapsPercentDefensive SnapsPercentSpecial Teams SnapsPercentNotesThe offensive line has looked very good for two weeks now. They’ve had the same group of guys on the field for the whole game, except in this one when Castonzo and Kelly were pulled later in the game once it was in hand. If this group continues to build continuity, they won’t just be good, they have the potential to be a great offensive line.You might be surprised to hear that Dontrelle Inman, the free agent receiver signed October 16th, led all other receivers in snaps. I know I was. Maybe that is because despite doing so, he wasn’t targeted at all. Jordan Wilkins, who got no offensive snaps last week White J'Marcus Webb Jersey , had 15 this week and was definitely a solid contributor. He had 6 carries for 46 yards and a catch for 8 yards. He doesn’t have to be the star, but getting good production out of him on limited use is exactly what the offense needs.T.Y. Hilton didn’t play quite as many snaps as we usually see, and while he was a big contributor, he didn’t have to be leaned on completely. That was good because he likely needs time to recover to 100%, but his impact was clearly felt, despite barely breaking 50% of the snaps for the offense.Defense#PlayerPositionOffensive SnapsPercentDefensive SnapsPercentSpecial Teams SnapsPercent#PlayerPositionOffensive SnapsPercentDefensive SnapsPercentSpecial Teams SnapsPercentNotesDespite his short time with the team, S Mike Mitchell played nearly every defensive snap. His impact has been huge in his two games with the team and if he can keep it up it’ll reinforce what a good signing he was to help cover needs of an injury plagued safety position.Darius Leonard continues to be a huge factor on the defense, playing 52 of 56 defensive snaps. 17 tackles and a fumble recovery, further proof that Leonard wasn’t just getting numbers as a product of chance, but that he is legitimately a playmaker.The loss of Jihad Ward to injury had a noticeable impact on Turay’s time on the field Sunday. He has pretty consistently hovered just north of 50% of the defensive snaps. This week he hit 71%. Turay had a good game and made the most of his playing time, but hopefully Ward won’t be out long, as he has been a valuable asset on passing downs.Curiously, Nate Hairston saw his playing time drop dramatically this week while Quincy Wilson saw his increase quite a bit. Hairston struggled against the Jets and Wilson had a solid game on Sunday. With Kenny Moore seemingly having a strangle hold at the top in terms of the pecking order, it may be that Hairston and Wilson will be battling it out for playing time going forward.Special Teams#PlayerPositionOffensive SnapsPercentDefensive SnapsPercentSpecial Teams SnapsPercent#PlayerPositionOffensive SnapsPercentDefensive SnapsPercentSpecial Teams SnapsPercent
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