The Indianapolis Colts were able to win a big game at home against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football. Andrew Luck and the Colts were largely great and able to make big plays on offense and on defense. All of this is huge for the Colts as they improve to 5-2 on the season and look to be in great shape to make a run for the playoffs and more from there.
The key move for the Colts to make this offense keep going and really give them a dynamic running offense to go with the passing offense was the trade for Trent Richardson to be their running back from the Cleveland Browns. They spent their first round pick from the 2014 NFL Draft.
In what was to be a huge game for the Colts and potentially a huge reason to bring in Trent Richardson, the Colts scored 39 points. Trent Richardson rushed for 37 yards. He carried the ball 14 times, had a long of 8 and lost a fumble as well.
There have been some in the media and so-called experts that have stressed patience with Richardson and expect him to turn it around, but the returns to this point have been mediocre at best and miserably bad at worst. To this point, Richardson has played five games for the Colts. He has carried the ball 105 times for 333 yards at 3.17 yards per carry and 2 touchdowns along with 9 catches for 70 yards. There is a lot of season left, but this is definitely not what the Colts had in mind when they picked up Richardson and while they may not admit it publicly and they do not have to with a 4-1 record since the trade, but they might experiencing some buyer’s remorse. And unfortunately for the Colts, this has been all too common with their investments in running backs in the first round recently with Joseph Addai in 2006, Donald Brown in 2009, and now Trent Richardson with their 2014 first round pick.