The Indianapolis Colts received a royal beat down at the hands of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. T.Y. Hilton is laying the blame squarely on the play of the offensive line.
“It’s the offensive line. They need to block,” was T.Y. Hilton’s response to a question from WISH-TV reporter Charlie Clifford. “We need to take some pride up front and block. What if we put them back there to take those hits? We need to start up front. Once the O-Line is back in rhythm we’ll be fine.”
While Hilton kind of couched his comments toward the end by giving a vote of confidence to his teammates, it is clear that he was not happy with the performance of the offensive line during Sunday’s game.
The Colts gave up 10 sacks in a 27-0 loss to the Jaguars. The Jacksonville defense was already leading the league coming in to Sunday’s match up with 23. Calais Campbell now leads the NFL with 10 sacks on the season.
Very few will argue with Hilton’s assertion that the offensive line needs to play better. However, the receivers were blanketed all game by the talented Jacksonville secondary, and Jacoby Brissett failed to get rid of the ball while under pressure on several occasions.
Hilton was targeted 8 times in the offensive debacle, and he finished the game with 2 catches for 27 yards. On the season, Hilton has 27 catches for 512 yards and 1 touchdown.
The Colts fell to 2-5 on the season and with two straight losses to division opponents, and Indianapolis will have to dig out of a deep hole if they hope to compete for a playoff spot.