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Colts limping into primetime matchup against Patriots after their head coach implodes in overtime loss

Alex Reimer
October 01, 2018 - 10:02 am

On this Victory Monday, the Patriots are coming off an AFC East drubbing and gearing up to play the Colts, whose head coach imploded in an overtime loss to the previously winless Texans on Sunday.

Order has been restored to the NFL Universe.

Indianapolis head coaches usually wait until they play the Patriots to lose their minds, but Frank Reich started one week early. With a 4th-and-4 at their own 43-yard line with 27 seconds left in overtime, the Colts inexplicably decided to go for it, rather than punt and secure the tie. Andrew Luck’s pass fell incomplete, setting up the Texans in prime field goal position. They gained 24 yards on first down that produced the easy 37-yard game-winner from Ka’imi Fairbairn. 

"We're not playing to tie,'' Reich told reporters afterwards, per WTHR. “We're going for it 10 times out of 10.”

While those fighting words from Reich may satisfy the chest-thumping football diehards, they are colossally stupid. Luck played the best game since his return and the Colts stormed back from a 28-10 deficit. Nobody plays to tie, but tying is better than losing. In the Chuck Pagano era, the Colts were constantly handicapped by his bonehead late-game calls and a porous offensive line. The former doesn’t seem like it’s any better under Reich, at least judging from Sunday.

As we have seen time and time again, teams constantly melt under the pressure against the Patriots. Few teams know that better than the Colts, perpetrators of the worst fake punt in history. If Reich is going to coach recklessly against the Texans in Week 4, his odds of acting competently when squared off against Bill Belichick under the primetime lights at Gillette Stadium are not great. Making matters worse, the Colts could be without star wideout T.Y. Hilton for the contest, as he left Sunday’s affair with a hamstring injury.

The Patriots’ 18-year reign of dominance over the AFC could not happen without most of their opponents’ woeful ineptitude. It doesn’t look like the Colts are going to break that spell under Reich. We can already write him off after one month.