But receiver T.Y. Hilton had one group on his mind when asked to reflect on the shutout defeat.
T.Y. Hilton following the #Colts 27-0 loss: “It is the offensive line, they need to block.”
— Charlie Clifford (@cliffWISH8) October 22, 2017
The wide receiver made just two catches for 27 yards. He was targeted eight times by quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who completed 22 of 37 passes for 200 yards but was sacked 10 times, the second-most in franchise history.
“We were winning our matchups,” Hilton said of the receiving corps. “The O-line just has to play better. … Far as receiving, nothing can change. We’ve got to take some pride up front and block for him. What if we put them back there and take those hits? We’ve got to start up front. Once we get the O-line going and back in rhythm, we will be fine.”
Whether or not a teammate should be publicly calling out his teammates, Hilton isn’t wrong. The Colts offensive line is dreadful, and has been for a long time. Last year, Andrew Luck was sacked 41 times, the second-highest total for any quarterback in the NFL, despite his missing a game.
It doesn’t help that Indy was playing the Jaguars, who have one of the most fearsome front sevens in the NFL. They now lead the NFL with 33 sacks on the year.
“What is it, two in a row we’ve lost? Next week it’s going to be a tough game,” Hilton added. “We’ve got Cincinnati, so we’ve got to bring it all, or the same thing will happen.”
T.Y. Hilton on the offensive struggles: “We gotta take some pride up front”
— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) October 22, 2017