Week 4 Wrap Up: Indianapolis Colts
Score: Jaguars 31, Colts 28.
The storyline: The Colts, with a chance to remain in a first-place tie with the Houston Texans, rallied three times from seven-point deficits but lost to the struggling Jaguars 31-28, when kicker Josh Scobee kicked a 59-yard field goal for Jacksonville on the game's final play.
Key moment: There were actually two for the Colts. Forget the Jaguars' final drive. Yes, Jacksonville drove 36 yards on six plays in :48 seconds, but the Colts committed two turnovers in the red zone in the second half. First, a pass bounced from tight end Brody Eldridge's hands and Jaguars' safety Anthony Smith intercepted at the Jacksonville 4. And at the beginning of the fourth quarter, Colts' wide receiver Reggie Wayne fumbled and Gerald Alexander recovered. That's a rarity for the Colts, who entered the game with just two turnovers in the first three games of the season.
Key stat: The Jaguars rushed for 174 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries. The Colts now have allowed 431 yards rushing in their two losses. The Houston Texans rushed for 257 yards in a 34-24 Week 1 victory at Houston.
Where they stand: The Colts had a chance to maintain pace with the first-place Houston Texans. Instead, they are in an area they haven't experienced much in the last decade. They are at .500 after four games. The Colts are tied with Jacksonville and Tennessee one game behind Houston, which is 3-1. Indianapolis started five of the last seven seasons with victories in at least its first five games – 2003, 2005-2007 and 2009. They won the AFC South title in each of those five seasons.
Notable: While the Colts are 2-2, quarterback Peyton Manning continues to play at a high level. He has thrown 11 touchdowns with one interception, and the one interception was a pass Sunday that Eldridge had briefly before it bounced from him to Smith. Manning on Sunday continued to play well despite the absences of wide receiver Pierre Garcon and Anthony Gonzalez, and despite the defense struggling to get Jacksonville stopped in the second half.
Quick quote: "We turned the ball over twice deep in their territory. We have to go back and fix our mistakes. We have the players and the plays, but we just have to go and minimize the mistakes."
---Colts' Running back Joseph Addai