INDIANAPOLIS – The franchise’s first ever regular season game overseas was not what the Colts had envisioned.
Jacksonville (1-3) jumped on the Colts early at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon and then held on for their first win of 2016.
The Colts (1-3) will have no time to sulk or rest with the Chicago Bears (1-3) coming to Lucas Oil this Sunday afternoon.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
DROPS, POOR PROTECTION STYMIE OFFENSE – A handful of drops (several of which came on critical downs) and six sacks of Andrew Luck (a career-high) told the story on offense against the Jaguars. Starting three rookie offensive linemen, the drops certainly did not help the cause, but the consistent pressure around, and inside of, Luck’s pocket limited the Colts to six points for the game’s first 42 minutes.
SECONDARY STRUGGLES – The Colts had seven penalties on Sunday. Of those seven, five were on the defense, coming on three separate drives. On those three drives, the Jaguars scored 13 total points. After tossing six picks in the first three weeks of the season, Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles was 19-of-33 for 207 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions on Sunday.
PLAYMAKERS ABSENT – In the Colts’ Week Three victory over San Diego, the tight ends contributed quite strongly with Donte Moncrief sidelined. On Sunday, with T.Y. Hilton having a quieter afternoon, the Colts were searching for playmakers. Dwayne Allen and Jack Doyle combined for just three catches and 26 yards. Phillip Dorsett didn’t have a grab until 3:03 remaining, when busted coverage by the Jaguars got him free for a 64-yard score. With Moncrief out at least a few more weeks, the Colts are on the hunt again for skill guys to step up.
MAJOR LINE SHUFFLING – It’s a sight no NFL teams wants to see at any part of a season—three rookie linemen in the starting lineup. That’s what the Colts were dealing with though on Sunday. With Joe Reitz (back) out, it was fifth-round pick Joe Haeg at right tackle. Then with right guard Denzelle Good (back) also out, the Colts had to throw seventh-rounder Austin Blythe into the starting mix. Both Reitz and Good were game-time decisions on Sunday.
TIME TO RECOVER IN A HURRY – While the Jaguars are heading for a bye week, the Colts landed in Indianapolis early on Monday morning ready to be entrenched in game prep. The Colts will host the Bears (1-3) on Sunday. After Chicago, it’s back-to-back road games for the Colts. A very significant Week Six tilt in Houston (3-1) will be vital to the Colts’ efforts in getting back near the top of the AFC South.
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