INDIANAPOLIS — Turnovers are what killed an effort by the Indianapolis Colts to secure their sixth win of the season on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Colts were held scoreless and gave up 17 unanswered points in the second half to fall 24-10. Despite an early 7-0 lead for the Colts, a fumble by Jonathan Taylor in the first, forced by Marcus Peters and recovered by Chuck Clark, was returned 65 yards for a touchdown.
“It was definitely an opportunity missed,” said head coach Frank Reich. “We talked coming into this game of the importance about getting off to a fast start and win the turnover battle. We didn’t win the turnover battle.”
The Colts would have a 10-7 lead at halftime.
Peters also had an interception off of quarterback Philip Rivers on the Colts opening drive of the third quarter. It was initially ruled an incomplete pass, but it was challenged by Baltimore and was subsequently reversed.
“Unfortunate because it wasn’t our best day, but it wasn’t a terrible day,” Rivers said. “We were rolling pretty good in the first half. Any time you turn it over and they score with it and then you throw an interception to start the third quarter after the defense gets a turnover, we just couldn’t overcome those.”
It’s a short week, which Reich feels is a good thing in order to shake off the negativity of their loss to the Ravens. That Colts take on AFC South division rival Tennessee Titans on Thursday night in Nashville.