INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts didn’t have their beginning quarterback and finest receiver on Sunday towards the Miami Dolphins.

However there is no excuse for the Colts, who misplaced 16-12 to the beforehand one-win Dolphins. That’s particularly the case once you imagine you’re a playoff workforce. A victory would have moved the Colts into first place within the AFC South.

Colts blow probability at first place in AFC South by dropping to lowly DolphinsBrian Hoyer had a tough sport towards the Dolphins, throwing three interceptions. Bobby Ellis/Getty Photographs

The Colts seemed nothing like a playoff workforce after they have been shut out at halftime by a workforce that had been giving up almost 32 factors a sport. This was speculated to be the mushy portion of the schedule for the Colts, who simply completed the third of 4 straight video games towards dropping groups. However they’ve dropped two straight.

Veteran Brian Hoyer, who began rather than the injured Jacoby Brissett (knee), missed a lot of open receivers and threw three interceptions. He completed 18-of-39 for 204 yards and a landing to go together with the three interceptions.

The blame’s not all on Hoyer, although.

Not having his finest receiver, T.Y. Hilton, took away the deep menace and nobody else stepped up in Hilton’s absence. The offensive line didn’t do an sufficient sufficient job opening up holes early, because the Colts rushed for 27 yards within the first half towards a Miami workforce that was giving up 150.eight yards a sport on the push.

However even with all of these issues, the Colts had an opportunity to win after they moved the ball all the way down to Miami’s 16-yard line with 45 seconds left. However they ended up turning the ball over on downs, which mainly summed up their afternoon.

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Troubling pattern: The Colts wouldn’t have wanted a landing to win the sport had Adam Vinatieri not missed an additional level earlier. However as has been the case all season, the NFL’s all-time main scorer is not a dependable participant for the Colts. Vinatieri has missed 11 kicks — six additional factors and 5 discipline objectives — whereas costing the Colts two video games this season. 5 of Vinatieri’s six missed additional factors have come when the sport was inside three factors, in response to ESPN Stats & Info analysis. Each kicker within the NFL with at the very least two extra-point kicks has revamped 75% of his additional factors in that situation this season. Vinatieri is at 16.7%.

Purchase on a breakout efficiency: Colts pass-rusher Justin Houston has recorded a sack in 5 straight video games after selecting up his seventh of the season. He’s simply the fifth participant in Colts historical past to have at the very least one sack in 5 straight video games. Robert Mathis, who helped recruit Houston to Indianapolis and meets with him frequently to look at sport movie, had at the very least one sack in 5 straight video games thrice throughout his 14-year profession with the Colts.