To stop their losing streak in Jacksonville, the Colts call in reinforcements.

To stop their losing streak in Jacksonville, the Colts call in reinforcements.

 

 

Before Jonathan Taylor’s regular-season debut against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indianapolis Colts running back and quarterback Gardner Minshew have a conversation.

Before the Colts’ Week 6 road trip to Jacksonville, which will determine who will hold sole possession of first place in the AFC South, Indianapolis will present its 1-2 punch with a trio of reinforcements.

The Colts’ ground attack was nonexistent in their season-opening loss to the Jaguars without running backs Zack Moss and Jonathan Taylor. Moss had a fantastic breakout performance in Week 5 for the Colts, leading them to a divisional victory over the Titans with a career-high 165 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
To produce a season-high 429 yards of offense in the victory, Indianapolis employed the catchphrase “run the damn ball.”.

 

With 455 rushing yards, 89 carries, and 111 points per game as of Week 6, Moss is one of the top three NFL tailbacks. Moss has gained 24 first downs, which is second-most among running backs, and his 56-yard touchdown run was the fifth-longest scrimmage run by any player this year. Moss and Taylor add excitement to the ground game, according to Jim Bob Cooter, the offensive coordinator for the Colts.

After rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson sustained an AC joint sprain in his throwing shoulder for their reunion game in Jacksonville, Gardner Minshew was selected as the starter.
The Jaguars selected Minshew in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, and he set a rookie record for the team by passing for 21 touchdowns during his first season.
Shane Steichen, the head coach of the Colts, expressed confidence and named Minshew the best backup quarterback in the NFL.

With a grade of 70.5 on Pro Football Focus for run blocks, Indianapolis’ offensive line is second in the AFC only to the New York Jets (70.9) in terms of dominance at the line of scrimmage.
Third-best among all tackles with an 85-point run block grade is Braden Smith.
With a pass block grade of 82 points four, Ryan Kelly leads all centers, and Quenton Nelson is sixth among all guards with a score of 79 points zero. None of the top three O-linemen for the Colts have allowed a sack so far this year.

 

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how excellent our offensive line was last week, Cooter said.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with the way they played.
That day and the previous week’s entire workweek were spent there. They really came out with a strong performance the previous week, which aided those running backs.
For that performance, I believe all parties deserve praise.
The offensive line put in an outstanding performance. “.

The Colts kept the Titans’ offense to converting only 1 of 8 third downs for the remainder of the game after the Titans kicked a field goal on their opening drive.
Gus Bradley, the defensive coordinator for the Colts, stated during the zoom meeting on Tuesday that the defensive front rotation impacted Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s timing and required him to make snap judgments.

Bradley argued that in those circumstances, “I think we just competed.”.
“We experienced some good fortune.
The quarterback was vulnerable to our influence.
Although Tyquan Lewis and several other players hit the quarterback or batted balls, I am aware that we only had one sack.

With 69 tackles and 27 defensive stops, Colts linebacker Zaire Franklin leads the NFL.
Only Jets LB Quincy Williams has more defensive stops (28).
After making the game-winning interception and dominating his position with a 90.9 grade, safety Julian Blackmon was selected for PFF’s Week 5 team of the week.

Jacksonville won games against the Atlanta Falcons and Buffalo Bills over the course of the previous two weeks in London.
In the rematch on Sunday at EverBank Stadium, Indianapolis hopes to snap a seven-game road losing streak.

 

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