So which team will show up for the Jaguars in their Week 3 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts?
Everything starts at the line of scrimmage. Through two weeks, Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert has been sacked five times. Through two weeks, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has also been sacked five times.
In Week 1, the Jaguars offensive line did fairly well against a tough Vikings front. Last week was a different story. To put it into perspective, against the Texans, the Jaguars started Herb Taylor, a free-agent signing from just six days prior. He looks to get more action this week against the Indianapolis Colts.
Moreover, former second-round pick offensive lineman Eben Britton has been out of practice all week. Don’t expect Cam Bradfield to see the field, either. Injuries have come and hit the Jaguars offensive line hard. A third-round lineman selection would have been a good move in April.
The Indianapolis Colts defense is not as physical as that of the Houston Texans. The Jaguars offensive line will play better against a weaker opponent
Blaine Gabbert will need to improve himself. He must do a better job of looking off defenders. He has done a great job of staying in the pocket and delivering strike to the receivers. On multiple occasions, we saw defenders read Gabbert and defend the pass because he stared at his targets through their routes.
Defensively the Jaguars will not have to face Adrian Peterson or Arian Foster, so the absence of Daryl Smith will be felt less. However, the Jaguars will have to face impressive rookie Andrew Luck, who has given the Colts new hope after an abysmal season last year. Luckily for the Jaguars, they may have cornerback Derek Cox back for the first time this season.
The Colts offensive line has not been very protective of Luck so far this season. Advantage here goes to the Jaguars, as the secondary and pass rush will be enough to make it a rough game for the rookie.
If the Jaguars can use Maurice Jones-Drew and the running game to open up the pass and take pressure off of Gabbert, they should have greater success offensively. The defense will need to get to Luck if it wants to create short possessions for the Colts, as the running game should not be a problem for the Jaguars.
If the Jaguars can do either of those, it should be a competitive game. If they can do both, they should win.
The Jaguars are 7-15 against the Colts, with just three of those wins coming in Indianapolis.
A Jaguars win places them in second place in the division.
With just one more touchdown, Maurice Jones-Drew will have the most rushing touchdowns in Jaguars history. He is currently tied with Fred Taylor (62).
For you punting fans, Jaguars punter Bryan Anger leads the NFL in punting yards (684).