The NFL lockout and threat of cancelled games had fans excited for any kind of football. The Colts 23-point loss to St. Louis was a harsh reminder that pre-season football is not real football...at least when if you are talking Colts football.
The Colts lost 33-10 to the Rams in a game that continued a recent trend of poor pre-season performances. The loss was the Colts 24th in the last 28 exhibition contests and was their seventh straight.
"I was talking to Reggie (Wayne) about it and he said he's won maybe four in his eleven years," said third-year cornerback Jerraud Powers after the loss. "Pre-season is not something that you just get down about. This is training camp. This game, I don't want to say it was a scrimmage, but it was another day in training camp for us."
Curtis Painter started at quarterback in place of the injured Peyton Manning and completed 3-of-6 passes for 55 yards. He was intercepted on the first drive of the game, but did lead the Colts to a field goal in his second and final series.
"Did some things well as a unit, obviously a mistake (interception on first series) there that we've gotta correct. I think there are some positives that you can build off of in just a couple drives," said Painter afterwards.
Dan Orlovsky played until early in the fourth quarter and led the Colts to their only touchdown. Orlovsky hit Taj Smith for a 44 yard touchdown reception in the third quarter, but the damage was already done.
"We just had to make it happen, but you know, kind of fell short today. We've just gotta come back next week and work even harder than we did today," said Smith.
The Rams QB duo of Sam Bradford and A.J. Feely combined to go 17-26 for 145 yards and a touchdown. Josh Brown also converted on 4 field goals for St. Louis, including a 60-yarder to end the first half.
"I don't think you'll find anyone in my position that will be satisfied and say that we expected to only score a few points, and not play as sharp as we'd like to," said head coach Jim Caldwell. "We'd like to play a lot better than that, those are our expectations."
The Colts return to Anderson University for training camp Monday. The team will break camp Thursday, prior to Friday's pre-season home opener against the Washington Redskins.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times