My only bet of the day today was the Indianapolis Colts +1 on the road in Pittsburgh vs. the struggling Steelers. This line made no sense at all to me and even after losing on it, still doesn’t make sense. The Colts have been pretty good even after losing Andrew Luck to retirement, Jacoby Brissett has looked excellent all year and their defense has been pretty solid. The Steelers on the other hand after losing Big Ben to injury early in the year after losing drama queens Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell in the offseason, have struggled all year. Colts +1 seemed like a no brainer and even on the road made no sense to be an underdog.
After a boring 3-3 first quarter, Jacoby Brissett got knocked out of the game with a knee injury and was replaced by Brian Hoyer. Wonderful, but the Steelers kind of suck so even with Hoyer, a win for the Colts is still possible. Hoyer got off to a decent start getting with a touchdown pass to Jack Doyle to take a 10-3 lead a few minutes into the 2nd quarter. Then with a little over 2 minutes left in the first half, they were driving down the field again until Hoyer threw a 96 yard pick 6 to Minkah Fitzpatrick to tie the game up at 10.
Hoyer answered back with another TD pass to Zach Pascal to go up 16-10 with 42 seconds left. Adam Vinatieri’s point after attempt got blocked which was another aspect that caused me to lose instead of at least push. Then playing crappy defense, the Colts allowed the Steelers to march down the field and score a field goal to go into the half with the Colts up 16-13. With Brian Hoyer starting, I was okay with my bet still at this point.
The Colts started with the ball in the third quarter and got up to the Pittsburgh 35 yard line and on 4th and 4 instead of kicking a long field goal, they decided to go for it. I didn’t love that coaching decision and on that play, Hoyer got sacked for -8 yards and fumbled the ball, which the Steelers recovered. Wonderful. No one was able to get on the board much though during the third quarter until the Steelers scored a touchdown with about five minutes left to take their first lead of the game 16-20. Towards the end of the third, the Colts defense scored a safety to get the ball back and make it an 18-20 game but of course, on the following kickoff, the Colts fumble the kick and the Steelers recover it for an easy field goal to open the fourth quarter. 18-23 Pitt.
With 8:43 left in the game, Hoyer got his third touchdown of the game, four yards to Chester Rogers. Frank Reich decided to go for two on this one to try to get up a field goal but of course they missed it. 24-23 Colts. On the next drive, the Steelers got a field goal to take the lead back, 26-24. After a punt by each team, the Colts drove back down the field on the last drive of the game with 1:11 left in the game. Adam Vinatieri, the best kicker in history (although not great this year) with a 43 yard field goal attempt to have a pretty good chance to hit the game winner. The snap was bad and Colts punter Rigoberto Sanchez wasn’t able to get the laces out. WAYYY wide left and there goes that bet. How depressing.
This game had to be the biggest combination of bad luck I could have gotten. A 96 yard pick six, a missed extra point that wouldn’t resulted in a push, a garbage field goal to end the first half, a fumble on the first drive of the third, a fumbled kickoff and laces out. So many opportunities to win this game and I lose it by a point. Bad, bad luck with the starting quarterback out of the game earlier. Ridiculous. I’ll remember this one for a long time. #BadBeats