New season, same old problems.
Entering the game with the Raiders on Sunday as clear favourites, the Colts were expected to deliver a convincing performance. Each and every Colts fan wanted to see a continued improvement from Andrew Luck, while the defense was expected to prove itself as a suitable complement to the dynamic offense we now appear to possess. While the former desire was clearly satisfied, the latter certainly was not.
The Colts D showed themselves to be incapable when dealing with a dual threat at QB, with miscommunications and poor contain evident throughout the game.
I've picked out a few plays to illustrate my opinion, so without further ado..
The first play I've selected comes from the 1st Quarter with 2:04 remaining on the clock. It's a 2nd and 5 from the OAK 23, with the score showing 7-0 Colts.
The Raiders line up in a 2WR 1TE 2RB set, and the Colts oppose it with a typical base 3-4 formation with no nickel corner on the field. The Raiders' formation is unbalanced, with both receivers positioned to the left of Pryor. The receiver to watch here is Tommy Streeter in the slot - at this point opposed by LaRon Landry, who's giving him a fairly adequate cushion. I've also circled Jerell Freeman in red as a point of interest.