There’s offensive futility, and then there’s whatever the Colts did in the first half of “Monday Night Football.”
The Matt Ryan-led offense haven’t exactly lit the world on fire in 2022 — after all, its performance led to the firing of offensive coordinator Marcus Brady and head coach Frank Reich — and it has drawn the ire of of fans and broadcasters alike.
On Monday, the Colts amassed a grand total of 71 yards of offense in the first half — 29 passing, 42 rushing — and put just three points on the board against a less-than-good Steelers defense.
Of course, the sneakily witty ESPN duo of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman delivered a few jabs while Indy set up for a field goal.
“Plenty for this Colts offense to talk about at halftime,” Buck said.
“I’m not sure halftime is long enough for the things they need to talk about,” Aikman replied, with a laugh.
“Somebody put a call into Beyonce, get her here for halftime,” Buck closed.
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The Colts’ first-half effort was punctuated by a blocked field goal attempt, which left the Steelers heading into the locker room with a 16-3 advantage.
Indy did come out and score a touchdown to start the third quarter. The offense was given a short field (19 yards) thanks to an 89-yard return of the second-half kickoff by Dallis Flowers.
Ryan was 5 for 13 passing for 36 yards and an interception in the first half. The interception had a bit of personal history, too: It was the first time Ryan had thrown an interception on “Monday Night Football” since 2015 (five games).
The Colts also didn’t complete a pass until 7:05 remaining in the first half, which is the latest in a game for a team’s first completion since the 2020 Broncos. That Denver team started wide receiver/emergency QB Kendall Hinton because the entire QB room was dealing with COVID.
The Colts completed their first pass at 7:05 of the 2nd quarter.
That’s the latest into a game for a team’s first completion since the 2020 Broncos, when they were forced to use WR Kendall Hinton at QB due to COVID. pic.twitter.com/ZOcrGki1rC
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 29, 2022
Don’t worry, everyone — we’ll get to watch the Colts offense again on Sunday night.