Who Do You Blame?

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After blowing yet another second half lead, the Colts find themselves in the AFC South basement at 2-4. Who gets the lion's share of the blame for last night's loss? Here are some of the main culprits:

Jack Doyle: What is it about Colts' tight ends getting big extensions and then falling on their face? Doyle's disappointing 2017 continued with a couple of drops, and a big fumble which helped the Titans chip away at the lead in the third quarter. Doyle needs to prove last season wasn't a fluke.

T.Y. Hilton: Hilton only had four targets, so part of this could be Jacoby Brissett not looking for him enough, but he has to force the issue. T.Y. is by far the Colts' biggest offensive threat, and in a game as critical as last night's was, and in primetime, he has to show out.

Chuck Pagano: The numbers speak for themselves - the Colts have been outscored 85-22 (!) in the fourth quarter, and in every second half this season. Indy mustered just one scoring drive in the second half: a six-play, six-yard drive after a long Quan Bray kickoff return. Marlon Mack had only two carries (you can throw Chud in this blame game, too), and the Colts completely got away from the run game after halftime. 

The Colts' defense played well for most of the night, but the floodgates opened in the fourth when they allowed two long touchdowns of 53 and 72 yards. Brissett dealt with some accuracy issues after a fast start, and really should've been able to pick up the first down on that 4th & 1 bootleg. However, neither of the defense or Brissett performed as poorly as the three above.

If the Colts want to stay alive in the AFC South race, they'll have to defeat Jacksonville next week at home.

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