Jaguars will force 3 turnovers vs. Colts and other Week 2 bold predictions

Fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars pose for a selfie at TIAA Bank Field (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars pose for a selfie at TIAA Bank Field (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) /
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The Jacksonville Jaguars will welcome the Indianapolis Colts in Week 2 after losing to the Washington Commanders in the season opener. While Indy is the four-point favorite ahead of the game, they have had a hard time winning at TIAA Bank Field.

In fact, the last time the Colts beat the Jags on their home turf was eight years ago. Andrew Luck was still in his prime, and Chuck Pagano was their head coach. That’s how long it’s been, and Jacksonville will try to keep their division rival’s losing streak alive Sunday. With that in mind, here are five bold predictions for Week 2.

5. The Jaguars’ defense will again force 3 turnovers vs. the Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Shaquill Griffin #26 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. The Cleveland Browns defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-13. [Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union] /

The Jags had a league-low nine turnovers last year but they’re already off to an encouraging start in 2022, forcing three against the Commanders in Week 1. Cornerback Tyson Campbell and outside linebacker Travon Walker logged an interception each and edge rusher Josh Allen recorded a forced fumble.

Defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell’s unit will once again force three turnovers. Does it sound like a high bar to clear? Maybe. Unsustainable? Perhaps, but there are reasons to think it’s doable even though Matt Ryan does a good job of taking care of the ball, and Jonathan Taylor rarely ever fumbles.

For starters, wide receivers Alec Pierce and Michael Pittman Jr. appeared on Thursday’s Injury Report and might not suit up for the game. Without them, Jacksonville should be able to load up the box, which could in turn lead the Colts to throw the ball more than they would like.

This will then present favorable matchups for the Jags’ secondary, which should have a field day if they fix the communication issues they encountered against Washington.