The Indianapolis Colts are coming off of their Week 9 bye and are headed into a Week 10 matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars. This is the first of their two meetings in the second half of their season, and the two have identical records at 3-5.
Fortunately for the Colts, they do not have identical units on each side of the ball. The Colts have one of the best offenses in the league, averaging nearly 29 points per game, while the Jaguars offense isn’t even touching 17 points per outing. Andrew Luck, the offensive line and the improved running game should be able to battle against one of the better defenses in the league despite having very little game-changing ability out of the receiver corps.
Even though the Colts defense isn’t atop the league in yards, or points allowed, they are a team that makes plays and creates turnovers. The Jaguars offense is one that will not challenge downfield very often, they have a less-than-average running game and aren’t among the best protection units in the league either.
The Colts will need to gets some pressure while maintaining quality coverage from their linebackers and with the hopes of improved chemistry from their cornerbacks and safeties in order to lock down any throws that challenge the corners of the field.
The Colts offense, however, will need to find a way to get their receivers some space at the line of scrimmage with pick routes and altering their verticle routes in order to get those covering them to get their body turned as they break off their route. If you watch teams who have been successful against the Jaguars defense, you’ll see that that’s what they have done and that it works.
Between Frank Reich’s play-calling, play design, and the defense’s ability to make a play or two per game, I think you have to give the Colts the upper hand in this one. It is a home game, and the Colts have some get back to achieve from a few lopsided losses to the Jags in recent years.
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