Indy has been outscored 114-24 in the first halves of the last six games, forcing Andrew Luck to take to the air. On Sunday, it was more of the same, though Luck did find some new targets by throwing two touchdowns each to LaVon Brazill and Da'Rick Rogers. That's a promising sign for an offense that has struggled mightily since losing Reggie Wayne for the season Oct. 20.
But the offensive line still allowed too much pressure on the star quarterback and couldn't get Indy's new power running game on track. That much change Sunday against Houston (2-12) as the Colts try to extend a streak of 29 games without back-to-back losses.
"There's no pity parties ever thrown here," Luck said. "It's always get back to work and let's do what we know how to do. It's good to be resilient and hopefully we can keep that streak going."
Defensively, things also are out of sync.
After investing tens of millions in free agency to give Pagano a stouter unit, the Colts have allowed their last six opponents to score 31.8 points per game.
But as Mathis knows, generating late-season momentum is not necessarily indicative of future playoff results.
A year ago, the Ravens lost four of their last five and still went on to win the Super Bowl. Mathis still tells tales about 2006 when the Colts lost three of four before winning the season finale, a span that included giving up more than 300 yards in a blowout loss to Jacksonville.
At the time, most were convinced the Colts would make an early exit. Instead, they beat Kansas City, won at Baltimore and rallied to beat the Patriots in the AFC title game before bringing home the Lombardi Trophy.
And now, Mathis is hearing the same sort of complaints.