The Indianapolis Colts came into the 2020 season with a load of expectations. Philip Rivers is now under center, the backfield is dynamic, and A first-round pick was used to acquire a dominant force on the defensive line — of course there are expectations.
Sunday afternoon, however, it was the Jacksonville Jaguars’ day as miscues, a lack of efficiency on third down, failures in capitalizing on Jags mistakes, and some poor decision making became the undoing of the heavily favored Colts.
Marlon Mack, who looked good early in this game, ended up leaving in the second quarter with an achilles injury. What was supposed to be a deep backfield just got a lot thinner. Jonathan Taylor was drafted to give the Colts offense a heavy hitter as a spell back, but now it looks like he’ll be getting a heavy workload in Mack’s impending absence from the lineup.
Paris Campbell became one of Rivers’ favorite targets in this one, and T.Y. Hilton took the blame for his two drops late in the game after just working the Jags’ defensive backs early on in the game. Additionally, the Colts’ defense was very ordinary in Week 1, and probably worse than that, but there are a ton of pieces for Matt Eberflus to work with, and results need to change quickly.
Today, Matt discusses some of his notes from the first outing of the year, and will go through the positives and negatives of critical possessions and scoring drives. In the end the Colts took the L, 27-20 with their eyes now set on hosting the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2.
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