By Julie Voigt //@JulieNoted_NFL
Indianapolis Colts 29 – Jacksonville Jaguars 26
About this time last year, Indianapolis had a problem when playing Jacksonville. In fact, Jacksonville earned the name “Sacksonville” while recording 10 sacks on second stringer QB Jacoby Brissett.
Brissett was filling in for a very injured QB Andrew Luck of the Colts and not allowing one win. And with that, the Jaguars proceeded to win the AFC South and started off this season as a favorite to take over and potentially become a contender. But the AFC South has been very unpredictable this season.
This past Sunday in Indianapolis, the Colts matched up with the Jaguars in a must-win divisional game. The Colts pulled off a victory over the Jaguars 29-26 and extended their win streak to three. Jacksonville, on the other hand, has a six-game losing streak going.
At the beginning of the season, injuries had played a major part in a rocky first 6 games. Injuries to key offensive players like wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, running back Marlon Mack and tackle Anthony Castonzo possibly played a part in the slow season start. Nonetheless, since the start of the season, we knew that Luck’s health was nothing to be concerned about.
But there was a new issue was at hand. The offense wasn’t producing, especially in the red zone and converting 3rd downs.
Then the team got healthy and started putting up phenomenal numbers. Castonzo was back from a hamstring injury, T.Y. Hilton was healed up, and Marlon Mack, in my opinion, was looking like he could be the next Edgerrin James. Then, low and behold, the Colts started winning!
But there is an amazing transformation happening with the newly formed offensive line being built by first season Colts Head Coach Frank Reich and General Manager Chris Ballard.
This O-Line is pulling off numbers that most had not even predicted at the beginning of the season. The Colts have only allowed four sacks over the past five games, and no sacks in 4 straight games. According to Chris Blystone of StampedeBlue.com “The ability of the offensive line to protect Andrew Luck has been a big key to their success and has now effectively done so against two very good defenses in the Bills and the Jaguars.”
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— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 14, 2018
Because of the improvement in the offensive line, the run game has arrived, and as this team gets healthier and more consistent, it’s only going to get better.
Up next for Indianapolis is another divisional game against the Tennessee Titans. The Titans are coming off a great win against the New England Patriots with a score of 34-10. Tennessee has a ranked run defense that could possibly be dangerous against the Colts. One that prevented Patriots quarterback Tom Brady from allowing a touchdown in their Week 10 matchup.
Colts are currently one game behind Titans. Andrew Luck is 9-0 against the Titans in his career. This is a great matchup that can go either way, but is oh so important for the Colts to get the win. And myself as well! ☺
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