The Indianapolis Colts have lost eight straight in Week 1.
His last season-opening victory came in 2013 over the Oakland Raiders. Andrew Luck threw touchdown passes to Reggie Wayne and Dwayne Allen, and Vick Ballard led the Colts in running. Tyrelle Pryor threw for 217 yards and rushed for 112.
Since then, there have been late losses, overtime losses, squandered leads, furious rallies that fell short and blowouts. And they all end with the Colts 0-1.
However, a Week 1 loss is no reason to panic. The Colts made the AFC playoffs three times during those eight seasons.
Here’s a closer look:
Colts Week 1 losing streak
Indianapolis Colts season-opening losses, with year, opponent, score, opponent’s final record
|2019||Los Angeles Chargers||30-24, AT||5-11|
|2017||The Los Angeles Rams||46-9||11-5|
2021: Seahawks 28, Colts 16
The Colts led 3-0 before the Seahawks took control, extending their lead to 28-10 in the fourth quarter. Russell Wilson passed for four touchdowns and Seattle rushed for 140 yards.
“Life is full of disappointments,” Colts coach Frank Reich said. “And (this loss) was extremely disappointing.”
colts record 2021: 9-8
2020: Jaguars 27-20
The Colts couldn’t stop Gardner Minshew and couldn’t generate a running game. Jacksonville scored the game’s final 10 points, aided by a Philip Rivers interception and Minshew’s dissection of the Colts’ secondary. He finished the game 19-for-20 for 173 yards and three touchdowns.
The Colts knew this loss hurt. It was Jacksonville’s only win of the season and, as revealed later in the season, it required a heart-to-heart after the game between owner Jim Irsay and coach Frank Reich.
2020 Foals Record: 11-5, made the playoffs
2019: Chargers 30-24, extra time
Indianapolis nearly fell two touchdowns down in the fourth quarter, but Malik Hooker intercepted Philip Rivers in the end zone and the Colts followed up with a long drive that resulted in a touchdown by TY Hilton and a 2-point conversion by Marlon. Mack to tie. closing minute.
However, the Chargers took the ball to start overtime and scored Austin Ekeler’s touchdown.
Special teams failed the Colts on this one. Adam Vinatieri missed three kicks, Denico Autry personal fouled on a missed Chargers field goal attempt (they drove for a touchdown), and a missed block assignment resulted in a blocked punt, which led to a Chargers field goal. Chargers.
Foals record 2019: 7-9
2018: Bengals 34-23
In coach Frank Reich’s debut, the Colts led 23-10 midway through the third quarter before the Bengals scored 24 unanswered points. Indianapolis was in Cincinnati territory in the final minute and trailing 27-23 when Jack Doyle fumbled after a catch and Clayton Fejedelem returned it 83 yards for a touchdown.
Foals record 2018: 10-6, made the playoffs
2017: Rams 46-9
Can you remember who started at quarterback for the Colts in this game? Not Andrew Luck; he he was wounded. Not Jacoby Brissett; the Colts acquired him a week before the first game and he came on in the second half.
Scott Tolzien got the call and it didn’t go well. The Rams intercepted two of his passes and returned them for touchdowns. It would be Tolzien’s last NFL appearance. The defense didn’t help; Jared Goff threw for 306 yards.
Foals record 2017: 4-12
2016: Lions 39-35
This was exciting but painful. The Colts scored what they thought was the game-winning touchdown with 37 seconds left when Andrew Luck hit Jack Doyle from 6 yards out.
However, it took the Lions just three plays to get into field goal position, and Matt Prater shot from 50 yards with 12 seconds remaining. Detroit added a late-game safety.
foals record 2016: 8-8
2015: Bills 27-14
The Colts were never really in this one. They fell behind 24-0 and committed three turnovers.
“They beat us pretty bad,” said quarterback Andrew Luck, who threw two interceptions.
Foals record 2015: 8-8
2014: Broncos 31-24
The matchup between Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning was all Manning from the start. Denver led 24-0 in the closing minutes of the first half thanks to three touchdown passes from Manning to Julius Thomas.
Luck ran for a score late in the first half and threw for two fourth-quarter touchdowns, the last with 3:26 remaining. However, Indianapolis had two less-than-satisfying late-goal situations in the third quarter, one that missed on a fourth-down quarterback sneak play and another that produced a field goal.
Foals record in 2014: 11-5, reached the AFC Championship Game, beating the Broncos in their playoff run.