Indianapolis Colts Feeling Effects of Peyton Manning’s Absence

So it’s really going to be this way.

The Indianapolis Colts really are struggling this mightily without Peyton Manning at quarterback, as evidenced in Sunday’s 27-19 loss to the Cleveland Browns in the team’s home opener at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Colts, 0-2 for the first time since Manning’s rookie season, lost 34-7 to Houston in Week 1, but the Texans had a much better pass rush than the Browns, and the Colts defense played in a similarly sluggish fashion against Houston in last year’s season opener.

You’d figure the Week 2 matchup with Cleveland at home would be a better indicator of how the Colts can do without Manning. It was.

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What a Turn of Events for Indianapolis Colts

The only post-NFL lockout hangup for the Indianapolis Colts seemed to be signing quarterback Peyton Manning to that record deal owner Jim Irsay promised him before the league shut down.

Now the 132-day work stoppage is over, and Manning’s new contract didn’t break any records on the whole — at his request.

Manning and the Colts agreed to terms Saturday on a five-year, $90 million deal that averages out the same as the contract of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. And Indy is already benefiting.

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2011 NFL Signings and Trade Rumors: Peyton Manning, Vincent Jackson, Cam Newton, Asomugha & More!

 

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Peyton Manning may miss the start of training camp.  Is it due to his off-season knee surgery or contract negotiations?  Will QB Cam Newton be passing to Greg Olsen on opening day? Vincent Jackson is returning to the Chargers and why might the Eagles have one of the better defenses in the NFL this season?

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Lockout Threat Leaves Indianapolis Colts’ Agenda in Limbo

Well, it hasn’t happened yet.

The extension of the NFL collective bargaining agreement’s expiration deadline by one day Thursday and then by seven days Friday has had the football world — including the Indianapolis Colts organization and fan base — holding its collective breath.

However, if and when the CBA does expire — I’m still inclined to believe it will — Jim Irsay’s and Bill Polian’s offseason agenda will be set to the side with significant issues yet to be resolved.

And I’d assume those issues are far more numerous than Indy’s brass would prefer them to be.

By Drew Allen

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Indianapolis Colts Fall to New York Jets in Playoff Opener

And just as quickly as the Indianapolis Colts had risen, they have now fallen.

The Colts, who rode a four-game winning streak to the third seed in the AFC playoffs, fell 17-16 to the No. 6-seeded New York Jets in Saturday’s wild card matchup at Lucas Oil Stadium when Jets kicker Nick Folk hit a 32-yard field goal as the clock wound down to zero.

Just when everyone thought momentum had finally swung Indianapolis’ way, the Colts suffered their seventh one-and-done playoff appearance in 11 trips to the postseason during the Peyton Manning era. The team now has a 9-10 playoff mark in that time span, which dates back to January 2000 (for the 1999 season).

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