(continued) in Baltimore on Sunday. Sleepwalk for 3 quarters. Nearly four, actually. And then pile up some yards right at the end to close out the scoring at 24-10.
Along the way, players who have been either Pro Bowlers or close-to-Pro-Bowlers floundered around like they were playing the Hall of Fame Game in Canton on a hot, steamy August Sunday afternoon.
I don’t think I heard Reggie Wayne’s name called over the press box P.A. system until 1:30 remained in the game. And with good reason. I watched him all afternoon. He half-assed routes, rarely waved his arm to notify Orlovsky he was open and generally exerted the same amount of energy as a bean-bag chair. Pierre Garcon was the QB’s favorite target, but more times than not the ball was swatted away or easily defended because Garcon was not willing to put up a fight. I think I heard Austin Collie’s name twice…and both times it was after an incompletion. Dallas Clark caught a pass and then went missing. I assumed David Copperfield showed up and made him disappear as some sort of halftime promotion for CBS. The running backs forgot about the primary aspect of being called a “RUNNING” back. They strolled around like they were a 45 record stuck on 33 speed.
My tweet from the @WNST twitter account with about 10 minutes to play summed it all up, in about 70 characters or so:
THE COLTS REALLY SHOULDN’T MAKE IT LOOK THIS OBVIOUS.
I don’t know if “it” is happening or not, but I’m shocked no one else is talking about it. This team in Indianapolis, with gobs of highly-skilled offensive players…is 0-13.
The “it” above, of course, references losing on purpose.
Something’s not right, that’s for sure. Either this is a team shrouded in the black-cloud-of-bad-luck — or they’ve caught 13 straight teams on THEIR week — or they’re not really putting forth the required effort for some weird reason.
What other explanation could you offer?
If you have one, please step to the bench and present your evidence.
I’ve presented mine.
We’ve seen the Lions go 0-16, but they went 0-16 because they didn’t have any good football players.
The Colts have lots of good players and, frankly, a few VERY good players on their active roster.
And it took me seeing them in person to convince myself of something I’ve been suspecting since that Sunday night 8 weeks ago when the Saints beat them 62-7 in New Orleans.
The Colts aren’t interested in winning. Or, at the very least, somehow, someway, an important part of the team’s engine — those offensive players I’ve observed and highlighted — aren’t interested in playing hard enough or good enough to put their team in position to win. Why is that happening, if, in fact, it IS happening? I don’t know. But something doesn’t look right.
I think the league should at least investigate the situation there. Unless, of course, the NFL is OK with one team intentionally not trying to win. If that’s the case, any game involving Indianapolis has as much authenticity as a WWE match on Monday Night Raw.
And that’s it, really.
I can’t imagine for one minute the NFL hasn’t looked at the events that have transpired in “the friendly heart of the Midwest” this season and wondered whether or not the Colts are playing these games on the up-and-up.
I’d like to know for sure, though.
On both accounts.