Colts vs Jaguars analysis and predictions for a key week 1 matchup

Colts vs Jaguars: analysis and predictions for a key week 1 matchup

  • Chris Ballard
  • Darius Leonard
  • DeForest Buckner
  • DJ Chark
  • Frank Reich
  • Gardner Minshew
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Jonathan Taylor
  • Justin Houston
  • Michael Pittman Jr.
  • Philip Rivers
  • TY Hilton
  • Xavier Rhodes
By MikeTerrazas September 10, 2020 0 Comment
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The Colts enter week 1 with a lot of hype, due to their offseason additions. Are they ready to take a big step in 2020?

The Colts will begin the 2020 football season vs the division rival Jacksonville Jaguars.

Let’s be honest, we all expect the jags to be selecting No.1 overall in next years draft. Jacksonville’s general manager, David Caldwell has been cleaning house in 2020. He traded pro-bowler Calais Campbell to Baltimore, edge rusher Yannick Ngakuoe to Minnesota, starting safety Ronnie Harrison to Cleveland, and then released former 1st round pick Leonard Fournette.

The Jaguars have lost a lot of talent on defense and lack talent on offense. What exactly will the Colts be matching up with this Sunday?

Jaguars offense vs Colts defense

Second-year quarterback Gardner Minshew is looking to make his case to be the Jaguars franchise quarterback. That alone should make the Jaguars very dangerous. Top returning receiver DJ Chark is back and looking to make a big splash. Deep threat Chris Conley is nothing to laugh at either. These two combined with 2020 second-round pick Laviska Shanault could create a potent passing attack.

In week 1, the Colts secondary will get tested immediately. Who will take on DJ Chark? Xavier Rhodes is the best fit to cover the young stud. Meanwhile, Rock Ya-Sin and Kenny Moore and focus on Conley and Shenault.

An interesting part of the defense is what kind of rotation will wee see along the defensive line. The Jaguars offensive line was simply just a bad unit last season. Shockingly they and have not addressed the position at all this offseason.

The Colts should dominate the Jaguars upfront. DeForest Buckner and Justin Houston should get to Minshew quickly and disrupt Jacksonville’s rhythm-based passing attack. Khari Willis, Kenny Moore, and Darius Leonard will be threats to blitz and disrupt Minshew.

The gameplan should be all about creating turnovers and getting home to the quarterback. Matt Eberflus has all the weapons and depth to create pressure and turnovers.

There is a caution for sloppy play early on due to COVID restrictions during training camp but that shouldn’t have an effect on the scoreboard.

Colts offense vs Jaguars defense

For the Colts offense, we will see a little bit of everything. Indy has an exciting running game that it wants to get in a rhythm early on but might have trouble. The Jaguars have a respectable defensive line that will feature two excellent, young pass rushers in Josh Allen and K’Lavon Chaisson.

Jacksonville also has respectable linebackers headlined by Myles jack on the outside and Joe Schobert in the middle. They will try and shut down the Colts underrated running game.

Everyone is excited to see the dynamic duo of Marlon Mack and Jonathan Taylor and how they can put their stamp on this game. What will the rushing attempts and yards look like? 17 carries for Mack and 14 carries for Taylor. Maybe vice-versa? Either way seems good enough to get a win. This figures to be a key factor for this matchup.

Philip Rivers and company won’t face too many problems on the outside except for one rookie. 2020 1st round pick, cornerback CJ Henderson will most likely shadow TY Hilton. Talk about getting thrown into the fire.

In the meantime, Parris Campbell, Zach Pascal, and Michael Pittman Jr all have the opportunity for a great start to their 2020 campaigns. If they can, this will be a fun day for Colts fans.

How will Philip Rivers perform in his Colts debut?

Frank Reich doesn’t need Rivers to pass for 5,000 yards and 45 touchdowns to try to make a super bowl run. What they need, however, is someone to spread the football around and most importantly take care of it. Rivers has struggled with this in the past. The Colts hope a new scheme and better offensive line will eliminate

The Colts will win this week 1 matchup 33-17 and start the season 1-0 with a big division win. By the way, the Colts haven’t started 1-0 since 2013. They also haven’t won in Jacksonville since the 2014 season.

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