Rodrigo Blankenship and Colts kicking struggles will continue against the Houston Texans
If anyone watched the entire Monday Night Football matchup between the Ravens and Colts, it was evident that something was terribly wrong with the Colts kicking game. There was the situation before halftime where the Colts had RB Nyheim Hines as a holder, and their punter, Rigoberto Sanchez lined up to kick a field goal.
Indianapolis missed it but got another shot due to an offsides penalty from Baltimore. Then Blankenship trotted onto the field- even the MNF crew were wondering what happened, and if Blankenship pulled a Thurman Thomas and forgot his helmet.
It was reported by Frank Reich that Blankenship didn’t feel pain until warmups and that this may be an issue that doesn’t go away overnight. If this does cause Blankenship to miss time, the question will become what will the Colts do instead?
It seemed that not having an extra point kicker sent Colts head Coach Frank Reich into a mental tailspin. One could argue that the team wasn’t aggressive enough to go for two instead. Blankenship missed an extra point and had a field goal blocked.
This decision will be interesting to watch come Sunday. Even if the Colts do score, if the Texans can get a stop on the two-point conversions, they’ll have a fighter’s chance to pull out the win.