Cleveland, OH [IP]
The Indianapolis Colts traveled to Cleveland this week in the PFL and after subpar first half performance they were able to put together a strong second half and left Cleveland with a 31-10 victory.
1st quarter- The Browns would benefit from an interception for the Colts QB Manuel. The Colts defense would hold the Browns to a three and out and Cleveland would settle for a 27 yard field goal.
2nd quarter- The Colts offense started moving the ball and they would go on almost a 83 yard drive that took just under 4 minutes but would have to settle for a field goal but would tie the game up at 3-3 with 2:42 left to go in the second quarter. The Browns wasted no time and they immediately went 86 yards on 9 plays and Manziel would find Lippett for a touchdown with 14 seconds left to go in the half. The Browns would go in at halftime leading the Colts 10-3.
3rd quarter-The Colts would receive the ball and they drove the length of the field and QB Manuel would find TE Kroft for a 10 yard touchdown pass to tie the game up at 10-10 with just under 8 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter. The Colts would strike again with just over 4 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter when QB Manuel hit WR Baldwin with a 80 yard touchdown strike. The Colts would head into the 4th quarter in a close game but was up 17-10.
4th quarter- The Colts would pin the Browns at their 1 yard line. The Browns tried to pass and Manziel was under pressure so he scrambled and fumbled the ball and the Colts recovered at the Browns 3 yard line. Two plays later HB Gillislee would gallop into the endzone and give the Colts a 24-10 lead with just over 6 minutes left in the game. Gillislee was not done and the Colts next drive he broke a few tackles and was off to the races and would take it 61 yards and score a touchdown. That would put the Colts up 31-10 and when time ran out the Colts would move to 3-0 on the season.
GM Goodman really believes that the fumble by Manziel changed the game. That was a big moment in the game and we were very fortunate at that point in the game. We played a horrendous first half and the Browns defense was very stout. I was pleased that we woke up a little in the 2nd half of the game. I was pleased that our defense was able to keep us in the game until our offense got going. We are glad to be heading into our bye week 3-0 because we have a very tough stretch of games coming up in this young PFL season.
Rookie MLB Perry played very well in this game and we needed that because our starter went down and it appears he will miss the next two weeks. This game took a toll to win because we lot both of our starting OG's. RG Reiff was a significant injury and will miss at least the next 11 weeks and LG Hollings will miss the next two weeks. The Colts on the season have been hit early with the injury bug but DT Edwards who has been out because of injury made his return.
It appears our defense is steadily improving with reducing the yards per game each game and we will need that because our offense is not where it needs to be. We show flashes at times but the pass game is not consistent enough at this point. Very proud and happy with the run game and we will continue to search for the pass game.
The Colts are on the bye week next week and then in week 5 play host to the Raiders. That should be a challenge and we will need to be ready for that offense when it comes to Indianapolis.