I’m glad this one didn’t count, as there were a lot of problems with this one. most of all being the red zone offense. We all (I guess) saw the offense move up and down the field with little resistance but fail time and time again to get into the end zone. The biggest issues were drops and penalties. Again, though, the penalties were clustered pretty much toward the end of the game when the Walmart brigade was in there.
The drops though were from guys who should know better. Celek dropped two. Both of them killing drives deep in Indy territory. Hikutini dropped a TD that was thrown perfectly, Mostert dropped a 3rd down pass that would have yielded a 1st down, and Pettis dropped a contested pass in the end zone. Pettis’s was the easiest to forgive, but still, he needs to make those tough catches in the end zone.
That being said, the first team pass rush with Armstead and Thomas out there was great. Attaochu looks like he is going to help a lot as well. He got solid pressure all game, so I feel a little better going forward about the rush. We did give up too many yards to Luck on scrambles, but that should be fixable. Attaochu vacated the middle on a play and was blocked out of it on one scramble, but he just has to stay home.
The run game, dormant all preseason, was hitting on all cylinders with the newly signed Alfred Morris leading the way. He looks like a great alternative to the smaller guys as Morris just hits the hole with speed and power as opposed to waiting for the blocks and stutter-stepping to nowhere. He may be the steal of the preseason.
Richard Sherman had a nice breakup, Witherspoon had some nice plays, and a huge whiff on a 3rd down swing pass, and the refs got too involved again, but this is pretty much the last test as the team goes into full Minnesota prep mode.
13 days till kickoff!