The Jacksonville Jaguars, fresh off a two-game win streak, host the Indianapolis Colts with sole possession of first place in the AFC South on the line in Week 6. The Colts, with Gardner Minshew returning for the first time since he was traded in the 2021 preseason, look to snap an eight-game losing streak in Duval.
Jaguars vs. Colts Week 6 Offensive Matchup
As we saw in the Week 1 matchup, the Colts’ secondary was unable to match up against the Jaguars’ wide receiver Calvin Ridley in particular. However, the Colts have been particularly vulnerable over the middle of the field in the passing game, whereas the Jags have targeted the outside more consistently. It will be interesting to see if offensive coordinator Press Taylor looks to open the middle of the field early or continues his outside-the-numbers system.
Coming off one of his best games as a Jaguar, Travis Etienne will face a staunch rushing defense that limited him to 77 yards in Week 1. While left Cam Robinson made a difference in the rushing game last week, Walker Little’s injury status may significantly affect how the Jaguars rush the ball to the left side.
Jaguars vs. Colts Week 6 Defensive Matchup
Defensively, the Jaguars will have a full week to prepare for Gardner Minshew’s return to Jacksonville. While Minshew is an obvious downgrade from Anthony Richardson, Jacksonville will have to rely on game film from the Colts’ Week 2 and 3 games rather than their Week 1 matchup. This will cause significant adjustments from the Week 1 game plan that Mike Caldwell and company created.
After a horrific performance in Week 1, the Colts have been running the ball effectively including 165 yards from Zach Moss last week against the Titans. However, they clash against a Jaguars defense that has ranked sixth in overall defensive rushing success rate. With Minshew at the helm, the thinking has to be: Stop the run, and the Jaguars defense will have done its job.
Keep an eye out for the statistical recap next week and Go Jags!