No. 2 Colt the Jaguars must silence in Week 2: Jonathan Taylor, RB
The Colts’ offense runs through Jonathan Taylor. While NFL teams rarely give a running back 30 carries a game nowadays, that’s the amount the 2021 rushing leader got in the season opener.
Taylor is the kind of player that can take pressure off his quarterback’s shoulders. Opposing defenses can’t afford to have light boxes because if they do, they run the risk of letting him break off a big run.
Also, it’s important to note that the former Wisconsin Badger makes the most of his carries. Against the Texans, he averaged 5.2 yards per carry, which is slightly lower than his career average of 5.3. Even if Taylor doesn’t have success running early on, he will keep getting the ball in order to try to gas the Jags’ defense, especially if this turns into a close contest.
No. 1 Colt the Jaguars must silence in Week 2: Matt Ryan, QB
While it’s true that Jonathan Taylor will be the focal point of Indy’s game plan, Matt Ryan is no slouch. The 2016 NFL MVP is no longer in his prime but he can still do a good job of spreading the ball and making smart football decisions.
Ryan won’t get reckless nor try to do too much. Instead, he’ll wait for his opportunities and take the safe completion when necessary. Against the Texans, he was efficient, completing 64.0 percent of his passes for 352 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Of course, these were solid numbers but not good enough to win the game.
If the Jaguars can slow down Taylor and force Ryan to beat them, their chances of winning will go up.