Columnist Tom Oates assesses the Green Bay Packers’ performance against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.
Until Alex Green’s late 41-yard run, the Packers had no ground game after Cedric Benson was injured. Tipped or not, Aaron Rodgers’ interception changed the game. The Packers miss Greg Jennings more than anyone knows.
Green Bay was OK in the first half, awful when it counted. The pressure on rookie quarterback Andrew Luck was spotty. The Colts took Jordy Nelson out of the game — why couldn’t the Packers do the same to Reggie Wayne?
Special teams: D
There are no excuses for Mason Crosby missing field goals of 51 and 52 yards in a dome. No one saw that coming. Punter Tim Masthay has become the Packers’ best weapon. If not for him, the Packers might have lost by 10.
Play-caller Mike McCarthy once again abandoned the run too quickly. After Wayne’s first 100 yards receiving, you would think the Packers would have stopped trying to cover him from the slot with Charles Woodson.
Just remember this: The Colts were 2-14 last year, started a rookie quarterback and played without two of their top three cornerbacks. The Packers could have buried them early but didn’t, then paid for it at the end.