The Indianapolis Colts have compiled a better regular-season record than the Jacksonville Jaguars since 2014. However, they have failed to win at TIAA Bank Field in that span, which makes their matchup between these AFC South foes must-watch TV in 2022.
Adam Rank of NFL Media recently drew up a list of the best revenge games in 2022 on tap and the Jaguars vs. the Colts made the cut. Rank acknowledges that the Jags weren’t very good last season but believes the Urban Meyer debacle was a big reason why. On the other hand, he highlights Indy’s substandard record at TIAA Bank Field and the fact that Jacksonville knocked them out of playoff contention last year.
"Save your Jags jokes, because I won’t stand for you besmirching my friends down in Duval County. Obviously, last year wasn’t great for the franchise, with the whole Urban Meyer debacle. But you don’t want to test the pride of a team in the final week of the season, especially with the opportunity to keep a rival out of the playoffs. The Jaguars ruined Jim Irsay’s year with that Week 18 shocker. Plus, the Colts haven’t won in Jacksonville since my guy MJD was on the team (or close enough, don’t ruin this for me). But at the same time, Matty Ice has a chance to change that here."
The Colts were in the driver’s seat to make the playoffs last season. Basically, they had to win one of their two last games to be in. Alas, they lost to the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 17 and were stunned by the Jags the following week, and it wasn’t close. Jacksonville had one of their most (and few) dominant performances in 2021. Moreover, Trevor Lawrence had his best day as a pro, going 23-of-32 for 223 passing yards with two touchdowns.
Jaguars vs. Colts at TIAA Bank Field will be must-watch TV.
Newly acquired quarterback Matt Ryan will certainly give the Colts a shot but that’s not the only reason this will be an enticing game. Before Frank Reich became Indy’s head coach, he was the Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator, and who was the head coach? Doug Pederson, who took over the Jaguars this offseason. While they both will try to downplay the connection, Reich will surely try to show he already surpassed his mentor.
If Carson Wentz had remained in Indianapolis, he would have added another layer to the matchup. He was the starting quarterback the year Philly won Super Bowl 52 but an ACL injury kept him on the sidelines during the playoffs and Nick Foles led the team the rest of the way. He would have surely wanted to show Pederson and the Eagles brass’ were wrong to trade him to the Colts but it looks like the right decision as he will be suiting up for his third team in as many years.
The Jaguars have improved significantly this offseason and while qualifying for the postseason may be unlikely in 2022, they should be more competitive. Also, they will have a realistic chance to keep the streak of victories over the Colts at TIAA Bank Field alive.