For the Colts, tough defense leads to a tough loss

Julie Voigt, Indianapolis Colts Reporter

By Julie Voigt //@JulieNoted_NFL

Jacksonville Jaguars 6 – Indianapolis Colts 0

 

After Sunday’s AFC South Divisional loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the jury is out on if the Indianapolis Colts can actually make a wild card playoff appearance. Although there are still 4 games left in the regular season, chances now appear to be diminishing.  

On Sunday’s matchup, it appeared to be the Battle the Defenses as the Colts only allowed the Jaguars 211 total yards. (132 passing and 79 rushing).

Defensive end Denico Autry led with seven solo tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles, and four quarterback hits.  Autry has become one of the first Colts’ to pick up three sacks since defensive end Robert Mathis in 2013. Although Indianapolis did not get their needed divisional victory, the defensive line kept Jaguars backup quarterback Cody Kessler and company from the end zone and forcing two field goals. 

Offensively, the Colts could not catch a break.  The Jaguars defense was covering their receivers well.  This was not the “sackless streak offensive line” that most Colts fans were getting used to.  This might show that Colts center Ryan Kelly is greatly missed, and tight end Jack Doyle is missed even more. Without these players, the Colts played as if they lost their O-Line rhythm.  

Another issue that seemed to get the best of the Colts were the fourth down play calls from Colts head coach Frank Reich.  Fans were questioning the play calls when short yardage plays prevented the Colts from scoring.  There were three fourth-down plays if played the right way, would have probably given the Colts a chance to score.  Instead, they were shutout. 

Frank Reich is known for his aggressiveness and most importantly, his consistency. Those are qualities that the Colts have not had in quite a while. But for some reason, being too aggressive cost the Colts the game.

This was the type of game that the Colts need to put behind them, make the necessary corrections and focus on the next opponent…HOUSTON!!  This is game is a must win for the Colts, but if they get defeated, the Texans would clinch the AFC South.

Houston has won 9 straight games and has a 3 game lead in the division. Earlier in the season, the Colts lost a close game to the Texans.  However, there were injuries that were starting to affect this team, including wide receiver T.Y. Hilton.  And as a Colts fans, we know with a healthy quarterback Andrew Luck and a healthy T.Y. Hilton in Houston, this can be a great competitive game.  

Realistically, the Colts chances for a wild card are still good.  The Colts are currently tied with the Baltimore Ravens for the sixth seed.  Crazier things have happened.

In fact, anything is possible.

Let’s not give up on this team.  The team has been fighting, so let’s keep fighting for them.  If they get a  wild card spot, that would be a great accomplishment for this young team.  

If not, well, that was a great ride and we can only get stronger from here.

On to Houston!

Go Colts!!

 

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