The Indianapolis Colts had 10 days of rest after dismantling the New York Jets to prepare for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Are the Jags as bad as we all say they are? Probably not. Coming into this one, they were fresh off a victory against the Buffalo Bills and had won two of their last three. Plus, they always give the Colts a problem. Doesn’t matter how good or bad they are.
But Indy’s roster is superior from a talent perspective and we’ve seen what they’re capable of. The Jaguars? Not so much. They’re still ways away from discovering their potential.
That’s why when this one was coming down to the wire, Colts fans were ripping their hair out of their heads. This game was 17-0. Why is it 20-17 with just over two minutes remaining? Why is Zach Pascal running out of bounds to stop the clock on a 3rd and 19 with 2:26 left in the game? Why do we have to sweat with the Jaguars moving the ball on their final drive?
Luckily, Colts rookie Dayo Odeyingbo called game. He and the rest of the defense were sick of this.
Colts rookie Dayo Odeyingbo was the hero on Sunday vs the Jaguars.
With the Jaguars at midfield and threatening to get deeper into Colts territory, defensive tackle DeForest Buckner helped disrupt Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence up the middle. The rookie attempted to scramble for additional yards, but was wrapped up by Buckner, and as he was going down, Odeyingbo popped in with a hit of his own. He got his hand on the ball, stripped it loose, and the Colts recovered.
Victory formation. Game over. A much-needed win that shouldn’t have been that hard. The Colts are now 5-5, but fans cannot ignore the poor play-calling and execution today. The defense failed to get timely stops, Carson Wentz was 22-of-34 for 180 yards. The Jaguars averaged 7.5 yards per carry on 24 rushes.
Thankfully, the Colts’ special teams ended up being the difference.
The Colts couldn’t afford a loss, but now they’re reeling in a sense because they have to get back on the same page with matchups against the Bills and Bucs on the docket in the next two weeks. It was really an inopportune time to stall against a bad team after seemingly regaining their mojo against the lowly Jets.
For now, though, Chris Ballard can rest easy after his second-round pick, who played just 41 snaps coming into this game, just brought Indy back to. 500.