The Indianapolis Colts are taking on a talented Jacksonville Jaguars team in Week 2 and Indy will have to do its best to contain some players.
With Week 2 of the NFL season here, the Indianapolis Colts have begun preparation for another battle with an AFC South foe, the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars looked pretty solid in week one and nearly got an upset win on the road over the Washington Commanders. Jacksonville had a pretty good offensive attack and complimented it with a nice performance from the defense, forcing a couple of turnovers. The Jaguars are definitely not the Jaguars of old coming into this season. I am going to talk about three guys on Jacksonville’s roster that the Colts need to make sure they key in on heading into their matchup on Sunday.
3. Quarterback – Trevor Lawrence
The game of football begins and ends with the quarterback. If you have good quarterback play, you are going to have a good chance to win day in and day out. The Colts are going to be matched up with the 2021 number one overall pick, Trevor Lawrence.
Last week against the Commanders, Lawrence had a decent day. He had 275 passing yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Lawrence seemed more comfortable in Week 1 than he did last season. His weapons have been upgraded in the offseason and this offense seems to be running better under head coach, Doug Pederson. The Colts must make it as hard as they can on Lawrence this Sunday. Lawrence has a good, accurate deep ball, and can keep plays alive with his legs.
So, how do the Colts make it hard for the young QB? Mixing up different defenses and bringing pressure is where I would start. With Lawrence just starting his second year, he does not have a ton of experience. I think Gus Bradley and the Colts’ defense could take advantage of his youth by mixing up different formations. With the pass rushers that Indy has, do not be surprised if we see them going all out to get to Lawrence. He was sacked twice last week. I expect Indianapolis to get to him, led by speed rusher, Kwity Paye.
The Colts will have their hands full if they do not take care of Lawrence. Indy has the players, and the coaches to take advantage of different things in the Jaguars offense.