Scoring 35 points should be enough to win an NFL football game. Taking the lead with 37 seconds remaining should be enough to lock down a victory.
Chuck Pagano's defense gave up 448 total yards to Jim Bob Cooter's offense in a 39-35 loss to the Detroit Lions.
Jackson refused to use injuries as an excuse.
"Whoever is out there, we expect you play to winning football," Jackson said. "No matter who is out there. The season isn't going to stop for us."
Stafford threw for 340 yards, three touchdowns and only took one sack. It wasn't as if the strong-armed quarterback was throwing bombs all over the Colts injured secondary. Most of his yards came on quick routes to backs and receivers in space. It was good scheming by Cooter, aided by poor tackling from Indy.
Tackling can improve, but the talent won't be getting better soon. Even when players return from injury, the Colts talent-deficient defense continues to regress under Pagano and GM Ryan Grigson.