ANDERSON — Consistency.
On a Monday that Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano described as "miserable" during his weekly news conference, that's the word everyone seemed to keep coming back to.
The Colts have lacked nearly any semblance of it during a disappointing 1-1 start.
There have been flashes of the team Indianapolis can become, but they have not been sustained. The first quarter of the opener against Oakland was one high point. The second quarter Sunday against Miami was another. But the other six quarters of football the Colts have played this season have ranged from mediocre to ... well, miserable.
"I just think we got to play better," Pagano said. "We got to play 60 minutes of consistent football on both sides of the ball and on special teams. We'll continue to look for ways to make sure that we can do that."
Indianapolis opened a 14-0 lead against the Raiders, then watched Oakland run off 17 unanswered points to take control of the game. A 19-yard touchdown scramble by quarterback Andrew Luck allowed the Colts to escape with a win in the fourth quarter.
The script was flipped on Sunday against the Dolphins. Miami surged to a 14-3 lead only to watch Indianapolis rally for leads of 17-14 and 20-17. Tight end Charles Clay's 1-yard touchdown run with 4:40 remaining in the third quarter made the difference for the Dolphins.
A solid first half followed by a spotty second half is the one thing both games have in common. Nowhere is that better illustrated than in the difference between Luck's passing numbers.
The second-year star has thrown for 369 yards in the first two quarters this season. But he's thrown for just 130 yards after intermission. In a related matter, the Colts have scored 31 points in the first half this year and just 10 in the second.