Whatever Chuck Pagano is saying to his team prior to games these days, he might want to think about changing it.
The Indianapolis Colts have been a horrible first-half team the past three weeks since their bye. They trailed the Houston Texans 21-3, the St. Louis Rams 28-0 and, on Thursday night, to the Titans by a 17-6 count.
The Colts were able to mount a massive comeback to beat the Texans on the road, but they fell by a stunning 30 at home to the Rams.
The problems against the Titans early on were myriad. The offense was sluggish, with little production outside or downfield; the run game netted only a few nice Donald Brown plays; the defense had trouble tackling and covering people; and it lost its composure with three penalties — including this helmet toss by Erik Walden — on one drive.
This team just hasn't come to play in the first 30 minutes since the big win over the Denver Broncos back in Week 7, which feels like a season and a half ago.
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