Colts fans should be optimistic after watching Packers play down to Jags

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - NOVEMBER 12: Darius Leonard #53 of the Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - NOVEMBER 12: Darius Leonard #53 of the Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) /

After the Packers escaped the Jaguars by the skin of their teeth, the Colts should be very excited to prep for this offense.

Wait, sorry, I thought losing to the Jaguars in Week 1 automatically meant the Colts were done for? Like, season over, right? Last I checked?

Because if playing down to the Jaguars is cool, then consider the Packers Myles Jack. The Pack needed a last-minute stand and a shove out of field goal range to maintain a 24-20 win at Lambeau this Sunday, putting up a stuck-in-the-mud performance immediately before heading to Indianapolis next weekend.

And in this particular confusing display, Gardner Minshew wasn’t even involved. Yes, the Packers looked downright pedestrian in the presence of Jake Luton, who I swear I didn’t just invent.

And now, we wait.

The weather in Wisconsin wasn’t ideal on this particularly windy day, but that’s something Aaron Rodgers is supposed to have experience with by now. A blustery, sloppy Sunday is supposed to be advantage Pack. Jake Luton shouldn’t be able to hang.

Sure, Rodgers was 24-of-34 for 325 yards with a single pick, but 78 of those yards came on a Marquez Valdes-Scantling catch-and-run, much of which was the work of the wide receiver. The running game didn’t carry the day either, with Aaron Jones shrugging off an injury to tote 13 carries for just 46 yards, including an outlier 20-yard play.

Darius Leonard, Julian Blackmon and Kemoko Turay on line one!

Do you think they huddled together to watch this weekend? Might’ve been nice.

What once seemed likely to be a nightmarish November has started out solidly for Indianapolis, with a trap game in Detroit turning into a well-earned victory, followed by a tough loss to Baltimore and a stunning Thursday night blowout in Tennessee.

Now, Indy welcomes an overrated Packers team to their friendly confines, followed by a home rematch with the Titans. Suddenly, you don’t need rose-colored glasses to stay optimistic here.

You only need to nod towards Jacksonville, a team that might not be such a hilarious pushover after all (nah, they still are).