Colts Fall To Lions In Preseason Opener
INDIANAPOLIS -- It was made appearent in the Indianapolis Colts' preseason opening game, that the team has a long way to go in order to be ready for Week 1.
Those were the thoughts of Head Coach Chuck Pagano, after his team fell to the Detroit Lions 24-10 at Lucas Oil Stadium.
“Game one – obviously, we’ve got a lot of work to do, a long way to go. I’m disappointed in the outcome but never discouraged," Pagano said.
It was the Colts defense that would have the day early forcing a pass-tip and interception from Lions QB Matthew Stafford, that fell into the hands of OLB John Simon.
"I thought we did some good things defensively," Pagano added. "Held them to 25-percent at third down, made some plays early in the game, guys flew around. Forced one turnover, so I think there were some good things there."
However with no Andrew Luck, the starter at quarterback was Scott Tolzien. Tolzien had been "incosistent" in camp leading up to the contest according to General Manager Chris Ballard.
The third year back-up saw snaps on the Colts first three possessions, two of which ended three-and-out and punts. Tolzien only attempted five passes, completing two of them. One of those to wide receiver Brandon Williams for 24 yards on the Colts third series. That drive also quickly sputtered out.
"I thought he (Tolzien) did okay," Pagano continued. "I think collectively as a unit, we’ve obviously got to be better and we have a long way to go. But I thought he handled himself well."
The Colts were also without two of their first string O-Linemen in Ryan Kelly and Alex Hague, both out with injuries. The unsuccessful first three drives had a ripple affect on third-string QB Philip Walker, who also had trouble getting the offense into a rhythm.
The other stickler to the Colts' woes Sunday were penalties. Indy was hit with a staggering eleven penalites for a total of 74 penalty yards.
"Offensively and special teams-wise, we created some big plays, but then we hurt ourselves with penalties," said Pagano. "You’re not going to win any football games in the National Football League or at any level for that matter when you have 11 penalties."
“Yeah, it was sloppy for sure," said quarterback Scott Tolzien of the penalties. "We’ve got to clean it up. We’ve got to get better. It’s early, but that’s not an excuse. We’ve got to get better starting tomorrow.”
The Colts have the day off Monday to rest up and then will get back to work Tuesday at the Indiana Farmers Football Center. They will be gearing up for their second preseason game this coming Saturday against the Dallas Cowboys on the road.
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