JACKSONVILLE – The Colts 13-3 late second-quarter lead on Sunday evaporated quickly.
How did things go wrong, so fast, in Sunday’s 51-16 loss to the Jaguars?
The Colts (6-7) now host the Texans (6-6) in a game they pretty much have to have if they want to win the AFC South this season.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
THINGS UNRAVEL QUICK – The Colts led 13-3 late in Sunday’s first half with the ball in Jaguars territory. However, a strip/sack by Andre Branch was returned for a touchdown and the Jaguars would go on to outscore the Colts 48-3 the rest of the way.
OFFENSE CAN’T FINISH OFF DRIVES – In the Colts last two games, they are now 1-of-9 in the red zone. The offense was 0-for-3 on Sunday, missing two early opportunities to really seize control. Inefficiency in the red zone has led to the Colts coming up empty on chances for potential significant halftime leads on the road.
JAGUARS DOMINATE SECOND HALF – Jacksonville got the ball five times in Sunday’s second half. They scored touchdowns on every single drive. The Colts could not stop the bleeding and that snowballed into the Jaguars scoring a franchise-record 51 points.
QUARTERBACK INJURY WATCH – The injuries at the quarterback position will once again be the headline for the Colts next week. Matt Hasselbeck (ribs) left Sunday’s loss early in the fourth quarter after a hit sent him into the Jaguars bench and out of the game. There is no update on if Andrew Luck will be ready for next Sunday’s game with Houston.
MUST WIN(S) COMING – Sunday’s loss to the Jaguars has put the Colts backs squarely against the wall with three weeks remaining. With Houston coming to town next week, the Colts face a virtual must-win game to have any chance at winning the AFC South. The Colts likely have to win out if they are to win the AFC South this season.
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