This will be Foles’ first start since the opening game. He replaces Gardner Minshew, who didn’t play too badly in his stead. But Foles comes in at a perfect time for the Jags. Foles got a bye week to get him back into the swing of things and goes up against a banged up secondary.
It looks more and more likely that Pierre Desir will miss yet another game because of a hamstring injury. That means more Rock Ya-Sin and Shakial Taylor matched up outside on receivers. This could make the Jags receivers very happy.
Ya-Sin has had an up and down rookie season. Taylor hasn’t played too badly when he’s had to be out there. But neither one of them are as good as Desir. They have missed Desir badly this season when he’s missed games, and this game will be no exception.
DJ Chark has been pretty good in some games this season, and he is the guy who benefits the most from Foles coming back. Foles can get him the ball in spots that Minshew couldn’t. That will increase the ways that Jacksonville can move the ball down the field.
If the Colts’ secondary plays well, they can make up for the offense if they don’t end up playing well. But all three of these matchups are key for a Colts win.