When a team blows a 23-9 lead over the final seven minutes of a game, there are always multiple things to point to as the reasons for the collapse.
The Colts were no different on Sunday night in Houston. You could look back to the decision to go for it on fourth down out of the shotgun and failing instead of adding to the lead in third quarter and any number of other things that happened along the way or you could just look to those final seven minutes and overtime for why the game wound up as a 26-23 Texans win.
Safety Mike Adams went with the latter approach after the game. Adams said that he felt the Colts took their foot off the gas once they went up by two touchdowns, something that came back to haunt them as the Texans offense found life for the first time all night thanks to the change in approach from Indianapolis.
“I don’t think we’re good enough to get a lead like that and just let go,” Adams said, via the Indianapolis Star. “We’re not good enough to relax when we’re up. We have to step on them and keep moving. There’s no taking it lightly. We have to keep doing what we were doing in the first place.”
Coach Chuck Pagano lamented the lack of killer instinct from his team, saying the players need to learn it. That may be the case, but Sunday night’s results and other Colts outings this season suggest that the coaching staff could also use a remedial lesson in keeping a foot on an opponent’s throat when given the opportunity.