5 reasons Week 1 was an absolute win for the Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis Colts lost to the divisional opponent Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday but it was a huge win in the name of progress for the organization.
Jacksonville Jaguars v Indianapolis Colts
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2. Colts and Jonathan Taylor situation should get better

The Colts may have just seen where this team sits without their All-Pro running back Jonathan Taylor. If he had been a real threat to the Jaguars defense, they could be looking at a different result at the end of the day. There were several fourth down conversions that were failed because the Jaguars only needed to worry about Anthony Richardson. That changes with the likes of Taylor in the backfield.

Whether you see it as Taylor gains an advantage or not, the Colts should see that there is a lack of skill in the running back room and should be working to get something done. Especially if Taylor is planning on passing a physical in the next few days.

The Colts proved that they are not as far off as they once were thought to be. If they are able to get a healthy Jonathan Taylor on the field (maybe even angry), the team could get a lot more production on offense.

However, the 16 combined rush attempts from the running backs for a total of 25 yards and two fumbles will not get it done. The Colts need their elite running back on the field and this game might have proven that to be true.

1. Draft position improves

Let's take a moment and realize maybe that's the height of the Colts season: an almost win against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Maybe the season goes downhill from here. The important thing to note is that players are getting reps, learning and the chemistry is building. Meanwhile, the Colts draft position gets better if they are looking in that direction.

The last prediction before the season had the Colts going 7-10, and this fits right there with that narrative. If the Colts only get to four wins this season, it's not all bad! They will be in a better position to get one of the top picks in the draft, where they can get an elite wide receiver to pair up with Richardson for life.

Any way you want to look at yesterdays game, the Colts won in many ways. Unfortunately, they just didn't win in the one way that matters for the record books: the win column.