4 Colts takeaways from heartbreaking Week 2 loss to Rams
It seems as though that for any team to ask a full season out of quarterback Carson Wentz is a hard request to follow through on, something that the Indianapolis Colts are finding out first hand. After their 27-24 defeat in Week 2 against the Los Angeles Rams, the reliance that this team has on Wentz now will need to shift to other parts of their offense, namely Jonathan Taylor and Michael Pittman Jr.
The Rams were the better team through and through, and even with a hard-fought, second-half comeback by the Colts, it was not enough, especially once Wentz was lost for the game with two ankle sprains. Jacob Eason came into the game in relief but was unable to lead this team to a win, throwing the back-breaking interception that put the game in the bag.
While a loss is a loss, as early as it is in the year, the Colts have plenty of time to figure things out, even though they have gone winless through the first two weeks. Plenty of takeaways from this game can be made for the Colts as they look to bounce back heading in Week 3.
QB situation up in the air – even if Wentz is healthy
Unfortunately for Colts fans, Eason was not able to conjure up the spirit of Nick Foles in his injury relief role of Wentz on Sunday, jumping into a tight situation that ultimately saw the former Washington Husky only complete two of five passes.
Not having been in a walking boot at all after the game bodes well for Wentz’s status for Week 3, when the Colts travel to face the Tennessee Titans in an early divisional battle. But even when Wentz has been in the starting lineup, the Colts have looked sluggish on offense.
Having faced off against two NFC West foes in the Seahawks and Rams, the Colts have dropped two close games, and while Wentz is not fully to blame for that, he certainly can be seen as a part of the problem. Nothing that Wentz has done so far this season has produced glowing reviews, a scary proposition for a team that likely would be in QB purgatory if Eason would have to go in Week 3.
Jonathan Taylor will rebound – even after a slow start
For the second year back out of Wisconsin, putting up 56 and 51 rushing yards across the first two contests certainly is disappointing. But for Taylor, compounding on his outstanding freshman year may have put too much pressure on his shoulders, at least to open the season.
His workload is there, as he has earned 16+ touches each game so far, and the likes of Nyheim Hines and Marlon Mack have not cut into his RB1 run. The Titans are a beatable defense on the ground, which can help Taylor finally break out this season, something fantasy football teams everywhere are counting on.
Fight is for WR2 – Michael Pittman Jr. is the WR1
16 targets, 11 receptions, and 152 yards is what Pittman has produced this season so far, with 12 catches and 123 yards coming just against the Rams secondary alone.
These stats alone help solidify Pittman’s role as the WR1 option for the Colts, a role that was going to be between Pittman, T.Y. Hilton, and Parris Campbell this offseason. With Pittman having run away with that nod, both he and Wentz have frequently been on the same page, showcasing an early bond between the two.
The Rams’ secondary is no joke, but with Pittman able to torch them for what he did, the sky’s the limit for Pittman as he ascends into leading this offense as their focal pass-catching option.