Studs and duds from Colts’ 31-25 loss to Ravens

The Indianapolis Colts (1-4) nearly pulled off a miraculous upset on the road against the Baltimore Ravens (4-1) on Monday night but a late, fourth-quarter collapse resulted in a 31-25 loss in overtime.

It was pure domination by the Colts for the first three quarters as they took a 25-9 lead with 12 minutes remaining in the game. It was Lamar Jackson’s show from that point.

The prime-time loss was mixed. There were some bright spots. They will be overshadowed however by the poor performances of the night.

Here are the studs and duds from the 31-25 loss in Week 5:

A career day for Wentz definitely gets him on this page. Although he did make a mistake in the red zone, Wentz had his best game as an NFL passer. The 28-year-old was 25/35 (71.4%) for 402 passing yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and a 128.5 passer rating.

Wentz made more downfield shots in this game and it helped the offense move in an explosive manner. This was encouraging, given the circumstances. Let’s hope he can take this experience forward.

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Fischer has been an issue in the blindside for three consecutive games. Fisher isn’t comfortable with pass protection. He’s prone to bullrush due to his base moving so fast that speed rushers can run the arc. Fisher has not been up to his standards so far.

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The second-year back impressed with another strong performance out of the backfield. He did some damage in the air this time. It all started on the first drive when Taylor took a screen pass on third-and-15 to house for 76 yards. He wound up finishing with 169 total yards and two total touchdowns on the day.

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Khari Willis was still active but it was obvious that he was restricted for most of the game. Willis was replaced by Sendejo, but it didn’t go well. Tackling was Sendejo’s greatest problem on the day. Sendejo struggled to wrap up, and in some cases, he failed to make tackle attempts. Willis should be able to resume his normal duties in Week 6, as Sendejo gave up a lot more yards after Monday’s catch.

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The Colts had a lot of production this season from their second-year offensive players. Pittman Jr. is enjoying a near-breakout season, as the Colts’ leading receiver. He took another step on Monday. The former second-round pick recorded six receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown–of which came on a ridiculous Moss-like grab for 42 yards to begin the third quarter. With his performance over the first five games, Pittman Jr. has proven that he is a reliable WR1 for the offense.

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The Colts had to really dig in their cornerback room, with Rock Ya-Sin out of the game and Xavier Rhodes stepping down. Keyes was one of the few players still on the field at one point. He was immediately targeted. Ravens wide receiver Marquise Brown put a double move on Keyes, who bit hard, resulting in Brown going over the top of him for a 43-yard touchdown late in the third quarter. This was the spark that ignited the Ravens’ comeback.

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Lewis was everywhere. Lewis was an excellent pass rusher, whether he was running from the edge or using the three-technique sub packages. On the night, he was awarded 1.5 sacks as well as two quarterback hits. As Lamar Jackson continues to play through his contract year, Lewis was constantly putting pressure on him. This was encouraging.

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