NFL Week 4 Preview: Colts vs. Jaguars in London
The Colts started their 2016 campaign with two straight losses. Luckily like I had written earlier they have a habit of bouncing back from slow starts both in game and in season. The last two times the team led by Andrew Luck started 0-2 they followed those losses with three straight victories. They need that history to be on their side if they want to get back into being a playoff contender this year.
This matchup normally is a one sided one. The Colts are 6-2 since 2012 against Jacksonville. The most recent game was a 51-16 loss against a squad depleted by injury at the end of last season. As usual since he was drafted the teams success revolves around Luck. In three games this year he has 931 passing yards, 6 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions.
The Colts are reeling still on the defensive side of the ball ranking near dead last in the league in yards given up. And recently just placed OLB Trent Cole on IR. Not to mention key pieces Donte’ Moncrief, Denzell Good and Patrick Robinson are unlikely to play. Darius Butler did not travel with the team to the UK today and will also be out for the Sunday 9:30am EST kickoff.
The Jaguars who boast really good receivers in Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns should be able to take advantage of a depleted secondary. Indy will have to deal with the Jags passing defense ranked 7th best in the NFL who will key in on TY Hilton with Moncrief sidelined. Hilton and Luck have a consistent history of performing well against this team and it’s going to be tough to make that happen again with a key weapon missing.
Another factor is the travel; both teams will obviously be flying overseas. The Jaguars however have played in London each of the last two seasons and may be a little more prepared for any jet lag or grogginess that comes with the journey across the pond. They look to have the advantage in every area of the field besides QB and Luck is 5-1 against Jacksonville in his career and will probably pick up win number 6 this Sunday.
Prediction: Colts 35, Jaguars 21