Mistakes Cost Colts in Week 5
The Indianapolis Colts suffered a 32-23 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, and mistakes played a large part in the outcome.
With the loss, Indianapolis fell to 3-2 on the season while the Cleveland Browns moved to 4-1.
Quarterback Philip Rivers played a key role in the loss on Sunday, as his mistakes directly led to nine points for the Browns. The Colts signed Rivers in the offseason to be the starting quarterback, but the veteran cost the team the game against the Browns.
Rivers threw a pair of interceptions on Sunday, which raised his total to five for the 2020 season. To make matters worse, one of those interceptions was returned for a touchdown by the Browns.
Ronnie Harrison II of the Cleveland Browns jumped in front of a pass intended for T.Y. Hilton and took it 47 yards for a Browns touchdown. This was the 25th time in Rivers’ career that he has had an interception returned for a TD.
Later in the game, Rivers made another crucial mistake when he tried avoiding a sack from Myles Garrett. Rivers threw the ball out of bounds while he was still in the end zone, resulting in a safety and two points for the Browns.
For the game, Rivers went 21-of-33 for 243 passing yards but failed to throw for a touchdown. The Colts are counting on Rivers to lead this team to the playoffs, but mistakes continue to plague the veteran.
Rivers and the offense weren’t the only group that struggled on Sunday as the defense took a huge step back as well. The Colts came into the Week 5 matchup as the top-rated defense in the league, but things did not go well for that unit.
The Browns finished the game with 385 yards of total offense, and the Colts didn’t force them to punt until the fourth quarter. Cleveland racked up 284 yards of offense in the first half when it really took control of the game.
The Colts were without All-pro linebacker Darius Leonard, but this defense is going to have to turn things backs around in a hurry.
Rivers to Remain Starting Quarterback
Despite the Week 5 struggles from Rivers, Colts head coach Frank Reich indicated on Monday that he is not planning to bench the veteran. Jacoby Brissett is the backup quarterback in Indianapolis, but Reich is sticking with the longtime veteran.
Brissett struggled a season ago as the starter, prompting the team to go out and sign Rivers. The Colts signed Rivers to a one-year, $25 million contract, but the veteran has yet to live up to that contract.
After the game, Reich was extremely complimentary of the play from Rivers, but the coach backed off from those comments on Monday. Still, Reich has no intention of making a quarterback change, especially since the Colts are still 3-2 on the season.
Four of Rivers’ interceptions have come in the two Colts losses this season, and taking care of the ball will be the number one priority moving forward.
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