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2020 NFL Week 1: Colts at Jaguars Second Half Open Thread — Colts lead 17-14

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FIRST HALF THOUGHTS

The first half was as expected, inconsistent on both sides of the football. The defensive line failed to live up to the preseason hype and is clearly desperate for more time playing in a live action situation. The offensive line had great moments and also couldn’t hold a maligned Jaguars defensive front at bay nearly as often as expected.

Philip Rivers looked efficient for a part of the first half, getting the ball out and finding open receivers. For the other part, he threw a ball that floated and targeted covered receivers for seemingly little reason.

Frank Reich and the offensive plan left something to be desired early. Why did Jonathan Taylor seemingly see no action early in the game, even in a 4th and 1 scenario near the goal line? There is no issue with having Nyheim Hines as a dual-threat with a quarterback who loves to target rushers out of the backfield but Taylor is “tailor-made” to run in short yardage situations and get an extra yard when you need it.

One could argue that Reich and the Colts offense doesn’t care to show a lot in this game, as clear favorites. Still, for football starved fans, it’s frustrating to see the play-calling ignore some of the new talent on the team.

Either way, the Colts lead 17-14 on the road in their first game. The second half adjustments and takeaways will be interesting on both sides of the ball.