The Jaguars make their annual trip to London with the most pressure they’ve ever had travelling to the other side of the pond, so we’ve decided to get a scouting report on the Colts.
The sky is falling in Jacksonville, but luckily the Jaguars are playing their next “home” game in London against the Indianapolis Colts
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While last week was considered to be the biggest game of head coach Gus Bradley’s tenure, this week is even more important right? Things will certainly start to get interesting over the bye week if the team doesn’t show up and play well against the Colts.
We wanted to get some intel on our opponent so we reached out to Evan Reller over at Horseshoe Heroes. Here’s what he had to say:
1. The Colts were the favorite to win the division according to many heading into the season – have they looked the part in the first 3 games?
"They’ve played three games now that essentially came down to one possession. They could just as easily be 3-0 instead of 1-2 (or more realistically 2-1). Andrew Luck has played very well, but has had a number of untimely turnovers. The bad news is that they’ll be without wide receiver Donte Moncrief for at least another month which forces them to play more two tight end sets and effectively slows down the offense. The good news is that the defense is finally starting to get healthy. CB Vontae Davis and DT Henry Anderson returned last week, and while they didn’t have too many impact plays, they are the two best playmakers on the defense. Couple that with the emergence of safety Clayton Geathers and this side of the ball is starting to feel a lot better. With the Titans and Jaguars struggling and the Texans possibly losing J.J. Watt for the season, the division is there for the Colts to take."
Evan is certainly right that this division appears to be in shambles again, so it’s a race to see who can get their act together and wrangle up 8 or so wins first. Still, I haven’t been overly impressed with the Colts over the first three weeks. Luck certainly looks better than he did last year, but the rest of the roster is fairly underwhelming. I don’t think they are more talented than the Jaguars in most areas, but the Colts have the added advantage of not boasting the worst coach in the history of the NFL. Must be nice.
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