The Colts face a divisional opponent for the second time this year. This week, they face the Jaguars for the first time.
The Colts have enjoyed their time off on the bye week. They have been able to watch film to help improve, and most importantly, have gotten healthy. They are the most healthy they have been all year long. This will be key down the stretch.
That stretch run starts on Sunday when they face Jacksonville. The Jaguars have struggled so far this season. They are only 3-5 and have had major offensive issues. Blake Bortles is holding onto his starting quarterback job by a thread.
However, their defense hasn’t been very good either. The defense has had issues giving up a lot of points. Their offense isn’t good enough to make comebacks either. That will be the key to the game on Sunday. If the Colts can get out to a big lead, they should be able to win.
In order to get out to that big lead, the Colts will need to run the ball well. Marlon Mack has been superb since coming back from injury. If he keeps that up, the offense will have great balance. That balance is extremely hard to stop.
The Colts defense shouldn’t have any issues though. The only issue they might have is if Leonard Fournette ends up playing. He has been hurt the last few weeks. There have been reports that he could return against the Colts on Sunday.
Even if Forunette does come back, expect the Colts defense to have a big day. Bortles has had issues being consistent all year long, and that shouldn’t change on Sunday. If the Colts offensive line can keep playing at a high level, this could get ugly for the Jaguars.