The Indianapolis Colts were once again embarrassed by the Jacksonville Jaguars and there’s plenty of blame to go around.
In Week 2, the Indianapolis Colts returned to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars. After a disappointing tie with the Houston Texans in Week 1, Indianapolis couldn’t afford to lose to the Jaguars. Despite the curse of playing in Jacksonville or being down a couple of key players, Indy wouldn’t lose to the Jaguars, right? Wrong. Not only did the Colts lose but they were embarrassed.
The Jaguars shut out Indianapolis, winning the game 24-0. Although Indy was down some key contributors, going on the road and getting blowout by a divisional opponent is unreasonable and there are a lot of people at fault. Let’s take a look at three reasons Indy was embarrassed on Sunday.
3. Colts’ offensive line remains a huge problem
Just like last season, Indianapolis is still struggling to protect the quarterback and that was a major problem on Sunday. Matt Ryan was sacked five times and was hit many more times than that. The unfortunate part is that many fans could see this coming.
It was evident last year that the left tackle position was a spot the Colts needed to address. However, Ballard refused to sign or trade for any proven left tackles. Instead, Indy decided to go with Matt Pryor, who’s been a backup throughout his career, and an unproven rookie in Bernhard Raimann. So far, neither of those two has been able to offer stability for the offensive line.
Pryor struggled with Jacksonville’s Josh Allen all game, and whenever Raimann entered the game, he wasn’t any better. But it wasn’t just the left tackle position. The Jaguars were getting pressure from everywhere and it really hindered Matt Ryan and Indy’s passing game. If the Colts are going to turn things around, it will start up front.