Well that first half was... something.
At halftime, the Indianapolis Colts lead the Jacksonville Jaguars 13-9 in a rather boring game filled with a lot of bad football. Both offenses have struggled to put the ball in the end zone, as in fact neither offense scored a single touchdown in the first half. The Colts were up 6-3 for much of the second quarter, but late in the quarter Pat McAfee pinned the Jaguars deep in their own territory. The Jaguars then had a bad snap and Blake Bortles had trouble getting it, allowing Robert Mathis to recover the ball in the end zone for a score. On the next drive, the Jaguars moved the ball down the field but a delayed safety blitz by Mike Adams landed and forced a fumble. Clayton Geathers picked the ball up for a nice return and it looked like the team, up 13-3, might be able to extend their lead going into the half, but then the Jaguars got their own strip sack of Matt Hasselbeck and Andre Branch returned it for a score. After Jason Myers' seventh (!) missed extra point of the season, the score at halftime is 13-9 Colts.
The Colts defense has been impressive, allowing just three points, 129 total yards, forced two turnovers, and forced the Jaguars to go just 0-for-6 on third downs. They also helped make up for the lack of offensive production by putting the ball in the end zone themselves.
The offense has been able to move the ball at times, as T.Y. Hilton has caught three passes for 112 yards and Zurlon Tipton has caught three passes for 46 yards. Frank Gore has rushed for 48 yards (averaging 4 yards per carry), but Matt Hasselbeck has been off and the Colts have struggled to put the ball in the end zone.
That's going to need to change in the second half if the Colts want to win, but so far their defense has stepped up and played well and given the Colts the lead. Let's see if that keeps up in the second half, hopefully with a better offensive output too. Either way, here's your open thread to discuss the second half.