The Colts have a key game against the Jaguars on Sunday. These are the matchups that will determine the victor of that game.
In somewhat of an oddity, both the Colts and the Jaguars come into this game off of a bye week. With that being the case, both teams should be fairly fresh. Here are some of the key matchups that will decide who wins the game.
Marlon Mack vs. Jags front seven
The Colts need to run the ball to have balance in their offense. That balance is the key to their success. Jacksonville’s defense has had issues stopping the run, most recently allowing 133 yards rushing to the Eagles. Mack could be a big problem for the Jags.
Colts D-line vs Jags O-line
Like most games, this one could be won in the trenches. The Colts weren’t able to get much pressure against the Raiders. But they have had an entire week to watch film and get things figured out. Blake Bortles does not do well under pressure. If the o-line can’t protect him, that spells doom for the Jags.
Colts vs. Discipline
The Colts have had some issues with penalties this season. They have committed the tenth most penalties in the league. And they have had their bye week already. They need to be smarter. Penalties can kill drives and kill chances for them to win.
Both teams believe they have a chance to win this game. They both need to win to keep themselves in the playoff chase. Both teams are now three games back from Houston for the division lead. Winning these matchups will be the key to winning this game and gaining ground.