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Colts 2016 season in review: Week four loss to the Jaguars

Indianapolis Colts v Jacksonville Jaguars Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images

As part of our look back at the 2016 season for the Indianapolis Colts, we’re taking a look at each game the team played this season. We know that won’t be the most fun experience for Colts fans, but we’re taking a look back at each game within the context of the entire season. Though put on hold during the GM search, today we continue the series with the week four loss to the Jaguars:

What Happened:

The Colts traveled to London and looked like they had no business being on the football field with the Jaguars in the first three quarters. Entering the final quarter, the Jaguars led 23-6, and even that wasn’t a true depiction of how the Colts had played. An Andrew Luck interception in the first quarter set up a short Jaguars touchdown drive to give them the lead. The Colts responded with two straight field goal drives to make it 7-6, but the Jaguars then scored a touchdown followed by a field goal right before the half, making it 17-6. And then even further, on each of the Jaguars’ first two drives of the second half, they added field goals to make it 23-6. The Jaguars were doing whatever they wanted, and the Colts couldn’t get anything going. That changed on a drive that started near the end of the third quarter and was finished early in the fourth, as Frank Gore scored to give the Colts their first touchdown of the day. 23-13. The defense then forced a punt, and Andrew Luck led the Colts down the field, capping the drive with a touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton. 23-20. The defense gave up a 42-yard scoring toss from Blake Bortles to Allen Robinson on the next drive to make it a ten-point game, but the Colts weren’t done either. On their next drive, Luck hit Phillip Dorsett for a 64-yard score. The Colts would get two more chances after that, but both of them ended on fourth down stops. Final score: Jaguars 30, Colts 27. It was a miserable game for the Colts. Their defense couldn’t stop a Jaguars offense that had been struggling, while the Colts’ offense racked up just 284 yards. They dropped five passes, allowed six sacks and 13 quarterback hits, and turned the ball over. It was a miserable, miserable day for the Colts that was covered up a bit by the fourth quarter rally.

What We Said at the Time:

In short, it was a really, really ugly performance by the Colts on Sunday morning, and now they’ll have a long flight back to Indianapolis to contemplate the game. They’re 1-3 on the season now and once again in danger of the season slipping away. They will host the Chicago Bears next week, once again desperate for a win. Same old story, week after week. Maybe it’s just as simple as this: the Colts aren’t a good football team.

What We’re Saying Now:

When looking back at the 2016 season, this proved to be one of the most critical losses. The Colts just didn’t play well at all for the first three quarters of the game, and though they mounted a comeback, they had dug too big of a hole. That could also be said of their season and not just of this game, because the Colts started 1-3 and never truly recovered from it. In fact, the Colts would never have a winning record at any point in the 2016 season, as the best they would do is reach .500 - four different times. This early division loss set the stage for the Colts, as it meant that they were going to have to make a big turnaround in order to win the AFC South - a turnaround that never happened. In addition to being a crushing loss from that standpoint, it was also an embarassing loss. Jim Irsay took his team to London for the first time, where there were a whole lot of festivities and things to do, and his team fell flat, losing a division game to a team that would win just two of their other 15 games in 2016. In terms of painful, impactful losses that surely upset Irsay, this Jaguars loss ranks near the top of the list for a rough 2016 season.