Jaguars: Top 6 keys to victory in Week 10 against the Colts
3. The Jaguars’ defense must continue their dominant play in Week 10.
Last week, Josh Allen led the Jacksonville Jaguars’ defense in a stellar performance against a potential MVP candidate in Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen. The Jags will have to keep the same energy against Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz.
While the second-overall pick in the 2016 draft does not possess Allen’s arm talent or mobility, he still can throw to one of the best young receivers in the league in Michael Pittman Jr., who can take over a game in a nanosecond.
On the other hand, Wentz does not essentially bear the same threat when pressured. Per Pro Football Focus, Indianapolis’ signal-caller ranks 22nd among all NFL starters (minimum five games played) against the blitz this season. Look for the Black and Teal to find ways to generate similar pressure as they did last week. If they do, Wentz has a propensity to make abysmal decisions.
Regardless, the Jaguars’ main focus must be on the player aligned behind Carson.
4. The Jaguars must contain Colts RB Jonathan Taylor.
Unlike Wentz, Colts running back Jonathan Taylor is a player who consistently makes quality decisions. With Tennessee Titans star running back Derrick Henry currently out, one could make a case for Taylor being the NFL’s current best runner. On the season, The Colts’ star is averaging 5.9 rushing yards per carrying, good enough for second-best in the NFL at the running back position.
This is a cause for concern, as the Jaguars rank third in the league, allowing 7.5 rushing yards per carry on average. The other side of the coin is that the Jaguars are the seventh-best run-stopping defense in terms of yards allowed.
In conclusion, Jonathan will get his rushing yards, but Jacksonville’s defense must focus on not allowing him to gain massive chunks on Sunday. In addition, they must utilize one of their team’s all-purpose weapons.