2019 Indianapolis Colts Season
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2019 Indianapolis Colts Season
2019 Indianapolis Colts season
OwnerJim Irsay
Head coachFrank Reich
General managerChris Ballard
Home fieldLucas Oil Stadium
Results
Record7-9
Division place3rd AFC South
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersOLB Darius Leonard
G Quenton Nelson
C Ryan Kelly
TE Jack Doyle
AP All-ProsG Quenton Nelson (1st team)
LB Darius Leonard (2nd team)
Uniform
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The 2019 season was the Indianapolis Colts' 67th in the National Football League (NFL) and their 36th in Indianapolis. It was also their second season under head coach Frank Reich and third under the leadership of general manager Chris Ballard.

For the first time since 2011, quarterback Andrew Luck was not on the roster, as he announced his retirement on August 24, 2019. A four-time Pro Bowler and the top pick in the 2012 Draft, Luck led the Colts to four playoff appearances (2012-2014, 2018), an appearance in the AFC Championship Game in the 2014 season (the franchise's only time doing so in the post-Peyton Manning era), and won the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award in 2018. A four-year cycle of injuries and rehab that dated back to 2015 had "taken his joy of this game away," which led to his decision of retiring. This would also mark kicker Adam Vinatieri's last season in the NFL, after playing 24 years in the league, as he would spend the entire 2020 season in free agency before retiring on May 26, 2021. A four-time Super Bowl champion with the Colts and New England Patriots, Vinatieri is considered one of the greatest kickers of all time and made memorable game-winning plays with the Patriots in games such as the Tuck Rule Game and Super Bowls XXXVI and XXXVIII. Vinatieri was also the last remaining active player whose career began in the 1990s.

Despite a strong 5-2 start, the Colts would go on to lose 7 of their next 9 games, being eliminated from playoff contention after a Week 15 loss to the New Orleans Saints. This late-season collapse was partially a result of injuries to key skill players such as QB Jacoby Brissett, WR T. Y. Hilton, RB Marlon Mack and TE Eric Ebron. They also failed to improve or match their 10-6 record from the previous season.

Despite the disappointing season, the Colts managed to defeat the eventual Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs and limit the Chiefs offense to only 13 points, which at the time was the least points allowed to the Chiefs since Patrick Mahomes became the starter.

Draft

Notes

  • As the result of a negative differential of free agent signings and departures that the Colts experienced during the 2018 free agency period, the team was awarded one compensatory selection for the 2019 draft.[1]
  • The Colts acquired the Raiders' fourth-round pick (109th) in exchange for their two fourth-round picks (129th and 135th)

Staff

Final roster

Preseason

The team was rocked by the decision August 24 by starting quarterback Andrew Luck that he would immediately retire from professional football due to chronic injury problems and the emotional and mental strain they had extracted. Luck, the 2018 NFL Comeback Player of the Year, had been battling a mysterious and slow-healing leg injury, described by the team variously as a "calf strain" and a "high ankle issue."[2]

Luck, a 7-year professional with four appearances in the NFL Pro Bowl, indicated that he had been contemplating leaving the game for a week-and-a-half or two weeks prior to his announcement; he had been speaking with team officials about the matter all week.[2] In a news conference Luck indicated that his recurring injuries had "taken my joy of this game away.... After 2016, I played in pain and was unable to practice, I said I wouldn't go through that again."[2]

The team moved forward with former New England Patriots backup Jacoby Brissett, a third-year Colt, as its designated starting quarterback.[2]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 8 at Buffalo Bills L 16-24 0-1 New Era Field Recap
2 August 17 Cleveland Browns L 18-21 0-2 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
3 August 24 Chicago Bears L 17-27 0-3 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
4 August 29 at Cincinnati Bengals W 13-6 1-3 Paul Brown Stadium Recap

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue NFL.com
recap
1 September 8 at Los Angeles Chargers L 24-30 (OT) 0-1 Dignity Health Sports Park Recap
2 September 15 at Tennessee Titans W 19-17 1-1 Nissan Stadium Recap
3 September 22 Atlanta Falcons W 27-24 2-1 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
4 September 29 Oakland Raiders L 24-31 2-2 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
5 October 6 at Kansas City Chiefs W 19-13 3-2 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
6 Bye
7 October 20 Houston Texans W 30-23 4-2 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
8 October 27 Denver Broncos W 15-13 5-2 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
9 November 3 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 24-26 5-3 Heinz Field Recap
10 November 10 Miami Dolphins L 12-16 5-4 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
11 November 17 Jacksonville Jaguars W 33-13 6-4 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
12 November 21 at Houston Texans L 17-20 6-5 NRG Stadium Recap
13 December 1 Tennessee Titans L 17-31 6-6 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
14 December 8 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 35-38 6-7 Raymond James Stadium Recap
15 December 16 at New Orleans Saints L 7-34 6-8 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
16 December 22 Carolina Panthers W 38-6 7-8 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
17 December 29 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 20-38 7-9 TIAA Bank Field Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1: at Los Angeles Chargers

Week 2: at Tennessee Titans

Week 3: vs. Atlanta Falcons

Week 4: vs. Oakland Raiders

Week 5: at Kansas City Chiefs

Week 7: vs. Houston Texans

Week 8: vs. Denver Broncos

Week 9: at Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 10: vs. Miami Dolphins

Week 11: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Colts would defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars for the team's 300th win in the Indianapolis era with a record of 300-267.[3]

Week 12: at Houston Texans

Week 13: vs. Tennessee Titans

Week 14: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 15: at New Orleans Saints

Week 16: vs. Carolina Panthers

Week 17: at Jacksonville Jaguars

Standings

Division

AFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) Houston Texans 10 6 0 .625 4-2 8-4 378 385 L1
(6) Tennessee Titans 9 7 0 .563 3-3 7-5 402 331 W1
Indianapolis Colts 7 9 0 .438 3-3 5-7 361 373 L1
Jacksonville Jaguars 6 10 0 .375 2-4 6-6 300 397 W1

Conference

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1 Baltimore Ravens North 14 2 0 .875 5-1 10-2 .494 .484 W12
2[a] Kansas City Chiefs West 12 4 0 .750 6-0 9-3 .510 .477 W6
3[a] New England Patriots East 12 4 0 .750 5-1 8-4 .469 .411 L1
4 Houston Texans South 10 6 0 .625 4-2 8-4 .520 .488 L1
Wild Cards
5 Buffalo Bills East 10 6 0 .625 3-3 7-5 .461 .363 L2
6 Tennessee Titans South 9 7 0 .563 3-3 7-5 .488 .465 W1
Did not qualify for the postseason
7 Pittsburgh Steelers North 8 8 0 .500 3-3 6-6 .502 .324 L3
8[b][c] Denver Broncos West 7 9 0 .438 3-3 6-6 .510 .406 W2
9[c][d][e] Oakland Raiders West 7 9 0 .438 3-3 5-7 .482 .335 L1
10[b][d][e] Indianapolis Colts South 7 9 0 .438 3-3 5-7 .492 .500 L1
11[b][d] New York Jets East 7 9 0 .438 2-4 4-8 .473 .402 W2
12[f] Jacksonville Jaguars South 6 10 0 .375 2-4 6-6 .484 .406 W1
13[f] Cleveland Browns North 6 10 0 .375 3-3 6-6 .533 .479 L3
14[g] Los Angeles Chargers West 5 11 0 .313 0-6 3-9 .514 .488 L3
15[g] Miami Dolphins East 5 11 0 .313 2-4 4-8 .484 .463 W2
16 Cincinnati Bengals North 2 14 0 .125 1-5 2-10 .553 .406 W1
Tiebreakers[h]
  1. ^ a b Kansas City finished ahead of New England based on head-to-head victory.
  2. ^ a b c Denver finished ahead of Indianapolis and NY Jets based on conference record. Division tiebreak was initially used to eliminate Oakland (see below).
  3. ^ a b Denver finished ahead of Oakland based on conference record.
  4. ^ a b c Oakland and Indianapolis finished ahead of NY Jets based on conference record.
  5. ^ a b Oakland finished ahead of Indianapolis based on head-to-head victory.
  6. ^ a b Jacksonville finished ahead of Cleveland based on record against common opponents. Jacksonville's cumulative record against Cincinnati, Denver, NY Jets, and Tennessee was 4-1, compared to Cleveland's 2-3 cumulative record against the same four teams.
  7. ^ a b LA Chargers finished ahead of Miami based on head-to-head victory.
  8. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

References

  1. ^ "NFL announces list of 32 compensatory draft choices". NFL.com. February 22, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Joel A. Erickson and Jim Ayello, "Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is retiring: 'This is the hardest decision of my life,'" Indianapolis Star, Aug. 24, 2019.
  3. ^ Colts Communications (November 17, 2019). "By The Numbers: Colts 33, Jaguars 13". Colts.com. Retrieved .

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