Colts’ brutal first-half woes continue against Titans

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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