Oh, what Jim Irsay must’ve been thinking watching his franchise quarterback get sacked four times and escape several more working behind an offensive line that featured $38.5 million in supposed upgrades.
Oh, what Jim Irsay must’ve been thinking watching the defense the Colts owner shelled out $77 million to improve in the offseason wilt under the legs and arm of Terrelle Pryor, a quarterback making his second NFL start.
Oh, what Jim Irsay must’ve been thinking when Indianapolis safety Antoine Bethea intercepted Pryor with 25 seconds left in the game and the Colts clinging to a 21-17 lead against the Raiders — the team everyone seems to think will be the league’s worst.
I’m guessing it was a mix of anger and relief afterwards for Irsay — it’s just too bad he didn’t tweet his thoughts laced with a classic rock and roll verse.
It’s also too bad Indy isn’t as good as advertised this year. And that’s a shame, because I think the Colts will be among the league’s best teams in a season or two.
I predicted the 2012 Colts would win seven games, and according to Pythagorean expectation — an anticipated wins formula that factors in points scored and points allowed — 11-5 Indy performed in line with a 7-win team last year.
Here are three stats to chew on from 2012:
No. 1: The Colts were outscored by 30 points, becoming the first 11-5 team in NFL history to post a negative point differential.
No. 2: Per analysis by Grantland, Football Outsiders and Pro-Football-Reference.com, Indy enjoyed the easiest schedule in the league last year, playing nine games against teams that picked in the top 10 of the 2013 draft.
No. 3: Despite posting a minus-12 turnover differential, the Colts were 9-1 in games decided by a touchdown or less.