The Indianapolis Colts have struggled mightily this year to establish their running game this year, and that’s already on full display in tonight’s AFC South rivalry game against the Tennessee Titans.
It’s early in the first quarter, and the Colts have already given up an opening-drive touchdown to the Titans that ended with a long Chris Johnson TD-run, something that has rarely happened this year.
The Colts offense then responded by going three-and-out, and a big reason for that was their lack of an ability to run the ball on first down. Their first run of the game was blown-up after fullback Stanley Havili missed his block badly:
“Our inability to run the football of late, it hurts your football team,” Pagano said this week, per The Tribune-Star. “Time of possession, your three-and-out field position, the defense is having to play more, it affects so many different things. Our ability to run the football and stop the run is paramount and we got to get back to doing that.”