Defense Flusters Jaguars; Colts Cruise to Victory

After the Colts were humiliated last Sunday night on the national stage against the Patriots I thought the Colts would be fired up this afternoon and ready to tear the Jaguars apart today, limb from limb.

Unfortunately, I was wrong.

Yes, the Colts prevailed 23-3 and improved to 7-4 on the season, but if any diehard fan is truly satisfied with the team’s performance today than I feel sorry for you.

Most teams would kill for the opportunity to be 7-4 and limit a division opponent to a mere three points, but today just did not feel like a very dominant performance.

The Colts, aside from newly signed kick returner Josh Cribbs, looked completely disinterested in the first half. Cribbs returned the opening kickoff 46 yards and set the Colts up with great field position. Welcome to Indy, Mr. Cribbs. Unfortunately, the Colts offense did not feel like playing on that first drive. They managed 9 yards on 4 plays before Luck was the victim of a sack-fumble.

Fortunately, the D responded when Vonte Davis intercepted Blake Bortles on their second play from scrimmage and returned the ball to the Jaguar 22-yard line and the Colts were once again set up in great field position. But once again, the offense looked completely out of sync and had to settle for a 46-yard field goal from Adam Vinatieri.

Andrew Luck lost his second fumble of the opening quarter on their next possession which resulted in a Josh Scobee 28-yard field goal which tied up the game, 3-3.

The Colts managed a late second quarter 20-yard field goal from Vinatieri, which ended up being the game winner as the Jaguars were shutout in the second half.

Colts lead the 1-9 Jaguars 6-3 at halftime. Pathetic.

Not sure what was said behind closed doors in the locker room at halftime, but the Colts game out like a different team in the third quarter. The Colts forced the Jags to punt after a 3-and-out. The Colts then drove 38 yards on 9 plays which culminated with a 1-yard TD run by T-Rich.

The Colts offense looks like it has finally come to life. Colts lead 13-3.

After another 3-and-out for the Jaguars, Luck wasted no time and hit TY Hilton for a 73-yard TD pass in stride. Colts lead 20-3.

The Colts added a third Vinatieri FG early in the 4th quarter to end the scoring barrage, 23-3.

The Colts are fortunate they were playing a lifeless Jaguar club today or else the outcome could have been much different. Something must be done with the offensive line. I understand injuries are a part of the game, but these are paid professionals and in the first half, the O-Line couldn’t protect Luck if their lives depended on it. The lack of protection caused Luck to be under constant pressure which resulted in multiple fumbles. If they want to have a shot against teams like Denver, New England and Pittsburgh in the playoffs they must devise ways to protect Luck.

Game Balls:

TY Hilton – He has become my favorite current Colt – and possibly one of my favorite Colts of all-time. This man was up all night due to the birth of his first child, arrived for the game just before kickoff and managed to have one of the best games of his career (4 catches for 122 yards, 1 TD). His postgame interview was very touching and shows he is not just a great football player, but just a great human being. We need more TY Hiltons in this world.

Josh Cribbs – He electrified the fans with his first touch of the game when he returned the ball from 9 yards deep in the end zone and scampered 46 yards. Cribbs electrified the crowd later in the game when he returned a kick for a touchdown, but it was nullified by a penalty. Nevertheless, the speed, athleticism and talent is there. On days when the offense does not feel like playing he could be our lightning in a bottle to carry us to victories down the stretch.

Defense – Even though they were playing one of the worst teams in the league, the defense only gave up 3 points. In the NFL, that is still quite impressive. They were able to apply pressure to Bortles and forced him into poor decisions which resulted in turnovers. The defense only gave up 194 yards which is exactly what they needed after getting taken to the woodshed recently by the Steelers and Patriots.

Next up for the Colts will be the Washington Redskins next Sunday at 1pm at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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