Colts show no fight in 26-3 loss to Patriots

The Indianapolis Colts (3-5-1) continue to trend as one of the worst teams in the NFL, losing 26-3 against the New England Patriots (5-4) on Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

It was another putrid performance from the offense, which gained just 121 total yards and failed to convert any of their third-down or fourth-down attempts.

The Colts have now lost three in a row and four of their last six games.

Here’s everything we know from the Week 9 loss to the Patriots:

Final Score: Patriots 26, Colts 3

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It was over when...

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Rhamondre Stevenson caught a three-yard pass for a touchdown in the second quarter to give the Patriots a 13-0 lead. Typically, this wouldn’t be insurmountable, but the offense had no chance of moving the ball.

Keys to the game

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  • The offense continues to struggle in the first half. They were shut out for the third time this season in the first half.

  • The Colts were 0-for-14 on third down attempts and 0-for-2 on fourth-down attempts.

  • The offense had eight of their 15 drives end in a three-and-out.

  • The Colts allowed nine sacks and 12 quarterback hits. The nine sacks allowed are the most since Week 7 of the 2017 season and the fourth-most all-time in a Colts game.

  • The Colts offense gained just 121 total yards on 60 plays, averaging just 2.0 per play.

3 Stars of the game

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  1. DT DeForest Buckner: A force on the defensive line, Buckner recorded a sack, three quarterback hits and a tackle for loss.

  2. LB Bobby Okereke: Though he was in coverage on the touchdown, Okereke had a tackle for loss and a forced fumble.

  3. DE Kwity Paye: In his first game back from injury after missing three games, Paye had a sack, one quarterback hit and a tackle for loss.


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  • RB Jonathan Taylor (ankle), QB Matt Ryan (shoulder), LB Grant Stuard (pectoral) and CB Tony Brown (hamstring) were inactive.

Quick Hits


  • Despite Dennis Kelly (calf/ankle) being active, rookie Bernhard Raimann got the start at left tackle.

  • 44 combined yards in the first quarter between both teams are the fewest in a game this season.

  • Will Fries replaced Matt Pryor at right guard on the first offensive drive of the second quarter.

  • QB Sam Ehlinger didn’t complete his first pass of the game until 7:41 left in the second quarter.

  • The Colts have now been outscored 118-42 in the first half of games.

  • The Colts offense has failed to score a touchdown in the first half in six of their games this season.

  • No Colts player had more than 23 receiving yards in the game.

What's next?

Syndication: The Indianapolis Star

Colts head coach Frank Reich will hold a conference call with the media Monday as the team prepares for the Week 10 matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders (2-6) at Allegiant Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 4:25 p.m. ET.

Story originally appeared on Colts Wire