5 Colts not named Matt Ryan the Jaguars must silence in Week 6

Indianapolis Colts fans at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. (Imagn Images photo pool)
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Just two weeks ago, analysts were talking about the Jacksonville Jaguars as a potential playoff contender, and why wouldn’t they? The Jags’ defense was forcing turnovers at a high rate and Trevor Lawrence was playing like a top quarterback but then, they lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4… and later to the previously winless Houston Texans.

The good thing is the Jaguars have the talent and enough time to turn things around. On the other hand, they must do it ASAP if they want to stop tumbling down the AFC South. They were sitting at the top following their dismantling of the Los Angeles Chargers but they’re currently in third place.

The Jags will have a chance to bounce back against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 6 but coming out of Lucas Oil Stadium with a win won’t be easy. If Jacksonville wants to beat their division foes for the second time this season, they will need to silence these five players.

No. 5 Colt the Jaguars must silence in Week 6: Jonathan Taylor, RB

Indianapolis Colts RB Jonathan Taylor (28) and Jacksonville Jaguars S Rayshawn Jenkins (2) at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports /

Running back Jonathan Taylor was arguably the Colts’ best offensive player last season. The former Wisconsin Badger led the league in yards and earned a First-Team All-Pro designation.

Taylor had a chance to solidify his spot as the top running back in the NFL but injuries and substandard offensive-line play have held him back. So far, he’s appeared in four games this season and has racked up 81 carries for 328 yards with one touchdown.

While those aren’t bad numbers, they aren’t the ones you expect from a difference-maker such as Taylor. To make matters worse, he missed the Colts’ Week 5 game with an ankle injury but with enough time to rest, he might be good to go Sunday and if he is, the Jaguars can’t allow him to run amok the way they let Dameon Pierce in their 13-6 loss to the Texans.