Indianapolis Colts vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 3 — This Sunday, September 21st, will be the home opener for the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2) against their division rival the Indianapolis Colts (0-2). The game is being played at Everbank Field in Jacksonville Florida and will be televised on CBS at 1:00 PM EST
Setting the Stage
- The Jaguars and Colts will meet for the first of two games on Sunday with the second game scheduled for November 23rd at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis
- This will be the 27th meeting between the two teams with the Colts having a huge advantage with an overall record of 18-8
- Colts have won 3 consecutive games, with the last meeting having a final score of 30-10 in Indianapolis
- During the Andrew Luck era, the Jaguars have a record of 1-3 and have been outscored 111-45
Andrew Luck finished 26-37 for 282 yards and one touchdown. In comparison, Chad Henne finished 30-51 for 331 yards with one touchdown and an interception. The day really belonged to the Colts as they scored on their first 3 drives to jump out to an early 17-0 lead in the first quarter at their home field.
The Jaguars were able to get on the board late in the first quarter with a Josh Scobee 37 yard field goal. Jaguars finished the first half with 2 turnovers and 3 punts on 6 total drives and went into the locker room down 20-3.
In the second half it was really much of the same. The Colts scored 10 more points and their defense finished the day with 8 quarterback hits and 3 sacks.
The Jaguars only points of the second half came after a 9 play, 91 yard drive that finished with a Chad Henne touchdown pass to Kerry Taylor with 16 seconds left.
This game served as T.Y. Hilton’s coming out party as he finished with 11 receptions for 155 yards (14.1 yard average).
Final score was 30-10 and allowed the Colts to clinch a playoff spot.
Welcome back to Florida
Colts have five players on their 53 man roster that played college in the state of Florida
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“Numbers Don’t Lie”
I do not want to come right out and say to expect a high scoring game but both defenses have been bad early. The Jaguars and Colts are both at the bottom of the rankings for defense in the AFC with the Colts ranked 15th in yards allowed and the Jaguars last. Here are some other fun stats:
- Jacksonville ranks 5th in defensive penalty yards with the Colts coming in ahead of them in 4th
- Jaguars have given up a league leading 75 points in two games; Colts are 2nd having given up 61
As a Jaguar’s fan, things look pretty good for a good, high scoring affair. Until you look at offensive stats:
- Colts rank 3rd in the AFC averaging 374.5 yards per game; Jags come in last averaging 227 yards per game
- Indianpolis is averaging 25.5 points a game compared to Jacksonville at 13.5
- The most telling stat — Colts are 8 for 25 on 3rd down (32%) and the Jaguars are 5 for 27 (18.5%)
Based on the information above, this leads to an overwhelming win for the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Just by these numbers here and the expectation of the Jaguar offense this weekend, you are looking at another double digit loss by the Jags.
Who is Playing?
The Colts will be without Robert Mathis (Achilles) as he is out for the year. Today we found out that two other defensive starters, Jerrell Freeman LB (hamstring) and Arthur Jones DL (ankle) are out. Hakeem Nicks WR (illness) has not practiced all week and is listed as questionable.
The Jaguars will be without Marcedes Lewis TE (ankle) as he was placed on short-term IR.
Jacksonville got some good news with Jonathan Cyprien S (concussion) being cleared and is expected to start and Cecil Shorts WR (hamstring) looks like he will makes his 2014 debut. Marqise Lee WR (hamstring) is the only other person listed as out for this Sunday’s game.
The defenses will be the story of this game. Which one will be the worst? Colts are missing some key players to an already poor defense and the Jaguars defense has yet to find their identity other than a great 30 minutes in the first half of the Eagles game.
I think the Colts offense will be too much for Jacksonville and, unless there is a Blake Bortles sighting, I do not think the Jaguars offense will be able to keep up.