The Jacksonville Jaguars defense has the athleticism to stifle the Indianapolis Colts offense if they implement certain match ups.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are looking for the first win of the season this Sunday in London. Revenge is on the mind of the Indianapolis Colts. Especially after losing 51-13 to the Jaguars last December in Jacksonville. Statistically, both teams are just about even offensively but there are mismatches that the Jacksonville defense should force.
The Colt offense is the #12 ranked offense after week three. The current set of weapons on offense for Indianapolis are QB Luck, RB Frank Gore, and WR TY Hilton. There are some moves that Jacksonville can make to create mismatches.
Jacksonville’s defense is the #8 ranked defense going into London, allowing 311.3 yards/game. They are giving up an average of 203.3 passing yards/game and 109.7 rushing yards/game.
What match ups do Jacksonville need to win the game.
First, The Jaguar secondary is playing better and should be able to cover the Indianapolis receivers. Jalen Ramsey is more than capable of neutralizing Hilton. Hilton lines up in the slot to avoid shut down corners but in London, Ramsey must blanket him.
Second, Telvin Smith is the most athletic linebacker on the Jaguar team. He needs to cover Gore (or any other running back) out of the backfield, into the flats, and for dump off passes. Allowing the opposing running backs to run wide open in zone coverage, in the previous games, should dictate a man coverage.
Third, linebacker Myles Jack must spy Luck on every play. After Luck makes the hand off on running plays, Jack should be the backside defender. There must be a more physical presence and pressure on the opposing quarterbacks.
This is a game the Jaguars should definitely win. The Jaguars defense should be able to exploit their level of athleticism against the Indianapolis offense. In London, Jacksonville gets their first win because of the dominating Jaguar defense.