That was the thought, a minimum of.
Rivers, for the second time this season, performed a big function in a loss for the Colts. Indianapolis’ $25-million quarterback was personally chargeable for 9 factors of their nine-point loss, 32-23, to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
The Colts introduced Rivers to Indianapolis with the anticipation that his expertise and management would solely assist them.
It seems that Rivers’ turnover issues had been packed up in Los Angeles and transported with him to Indianapolis. He threw two extra interceptions to offer him 5 on the season, and he additionally was chargeable for a security.
Rivers’ first interception Sunday got here when he fully locked in on receiver T.Y. Hilton, which allowed Browns security Ronnie Harrison II to simply leap the route and return the interception 47 yards for the landing.
That was the 25th interception returned for a landing in Rivers’ 17-yard NFL profession.
Issues solely obtained worse for Rivers after that. He was known as for intentional grounding ultimately zone when threw the ball out of bounds to keep away from being sacked by Browns defensive Myles Garrett. Nyheim Hines put Rivers and the offense in a tricky place when he honest caught a punt on their very own 4-yard line. That was solely fifth honest catch of a punt contained in the 5-yard line within the NFL previously two seasons.
Later, Rivers, attempting to keep away from a rush, stepped up within the pocket and tried to power a throw to tight finish Mo Alie-Cox in the course of the sector. Rivers by no means noticed Browns security Sheldrick Redwine, who intercepted Rivers on the play.
The Colts can deal with errors by their rookies and youthful gamers. Having Rivers proceed to make these form of errors is inexcusable, particularly in the event that they anticipate to make the playoffs.
Rivers completed the sport 21-of-33 for 243 yards and no landing passes.
Troubling development: The ultimate consequence mentioned the Colts protection intercepted Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield twice and had a sack in opposition to him.
However it’s not merely concerning the stats on a regular basis.
Sunday was a big take a look at for the Colts protection. They had been now not dealing with the likes of the Jaguars, Jets or Bears, groups whose offenses have struggled this season. The Colts, who went into Sunday with the NFL’s No. 1-ranked protection, had been dealing with a staff with a official offense within the Browns. Cleveland went into Sunday with the league’s prime dashing offense and a passing risk that featured receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry.
The Colts didn’t have All-Professional linebacker Darius Leonard (groin), however that’s nonetheless no excuse for not forcing the Browns to punt till the fourth quarter or for giving up 284 yards of offense within the first half after giving up simply 269 yards in 4 quarters to the Bears the earlier week.
Cleveland completed with 385 yards and was 10-of-17 on third down. Sunday was simply the primary of a number of extra exams the Colts will take care of this season. They nonetheless have Baltimore (4-1), Inexperienced Bay (4-0), Pittsburgh (4-0) and two video games in opposition to Tennessee (3-0) on the schedule this season.
If Sunday was a contender-or-pretender contest for the Colts protection, they seemed extra like pretenders in opposition to the Browns.
Silver lining: Colts rookie Isaiah Rodgers helped soften the blow of Rivers’ pick-six interception when he returned a kickoff 101 yards for a landing.
Rodgers began alongside the fitting aspect the place he toed the sideline in entrance of his teammates earlier than he stopped to elude a Cleveland defender close to midfield and in the reduction of to the left, the place he ran the remainder of the way in which untouched into the tip zone.
That was the Colts’ first kickoff return for a landing since Jordan Todman returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a landing in opposition to Inexperienced Bay in Week 9 of the 2016 season.