3. The Jacksonville Jaguars vs the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Here’s another divisional matchup but this one is a bit different because the Colts haven’t been able to beat the Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field since 2014. Moreover, Jacksonville knocked Indy out of playoff contention in Week 18 of the 2021 season.
Had the Colts beaten the Jags (or the Las Vegas Raiders one week before), they would have qualified for the playoffs. Instead, they had to watch at home and take a long look at how they were doing things. This prompted general manager Chris Ballard to move on from Carson Wentz just one season after acquiring him in exchange for a first-round pick. Looking back, the Eagles won the trade while the Colts had to go back to square one.
In the end, Indianapolis managed to land Matt Ryan, who will be a significant upgrade at quarterback. With a proven signal-caller at the helm, the Colts should have no trouble returning to the playoffs. On the other hand, the Jags are a young team that will try to keep up with the rest of the division. They can’t just take on the Colts at their home stadium and think they have a guaranteed win on their schedule. Similarly, it’s time for Jacksonville to aim at sweeping the Colts, as unlikely as that may be.
The Jags can’t talk about playoffs if they can’t take care of business in their own division. That’s why they can no longer settle on beating the Colts at TIAA Bank Field and they must also do it at Lucas Oil Stadium.