Gardner Minshew gets hit with a brutal announcer jinx as Colts offense struggles

Gardner Minshew is now the starting quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, and things are off to a bad start for him and the offense.
Oct 15, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Gardner Minshew (10) makes
Oct 15, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Gardner Minshew (10) makes / Morgan Tencza-USA TODAY Sports

The Indianapolis Colts will be without prosming rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson for a while, as he’s currently on IR with a grade 3 AC joint sprain. That means veteran quarterback Gardner Minshew will be the man under center for Indianapolis. This journey for Minshew and the Colts got started on Sunday, with a Week 6 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Unfortunately, things aren’t really off to the best start. The Colts entered the half trailing 21-6, and Minshew has had an uneven performance. His worst moment of the first half came when he was the victim of an announcer jinx— when the announcer highlights a streak, then the streak is immediately snapped.

After Minshew nearly threw an interception, the CBS crew highlighted how Minshew has played almost 200 snaps this season, and still hasn’t thrown an interception. Of course, Minshew threw an interception the very next play.

Gardner Minshew and Colts have uneven performance in first half against Jaguars

Minshew finished the first half with 16-of-25 passes completed for 136 yards and the one interception. He opened the game completing his first nine passes, and Indianapolis had a 16-play, 65-yard drive that resulted in a field goal on the first drive of the game. Unfortunately, that was the most productive drive of the day.

Interestingly enough, Minshew dropped back to pass 26 times in the first half, but the Colts only ran the ball nine times. Jonathan Taylor had four carries for 15 yards and Zack Moss had four carries for 14 yards. You’d think that Shane Steichen would want to lean on the run game since Indy has two really good running backs, but Indy was a passing offense in the first half. If the Colts are going to get back in this game, and win, something has to change.