The Jaguars return home to the friendly confines of EverBank Field this week. Following a heartbreaking loss to the Arizona Cardinals in which the Jaguars recorded only one sack the Big Cats will look to get back to their winning ways.
It all starts with getting after the quarterback - something the Jaguars SHOULD be able to do against the Colts in week 13.
The Colts offensive line is undermanned and overmatched. Over the past five games the Colts offensive line has allowed 28 sacks. 10 of those came against the Jaguars in week seven. But even if you take away their gutless performance against the Jaguars, they've still allowed 18 sacks in the last four games - an average of over four per game. On the season the Colts have allowed 47 total sacks, the worst in football.
It's easy to see why. The Colts offensive line wasn't going to be spectacular even if they remained completely healthy this season. Of course, they haven't been able to stay healthy. Their best offensive lineman, center Ryan Kelly, sustained a concussion during their week 12 loss to the Titans and was given a zero percent chance to make it through concussion protocol by his coach by the time the two teams face off.
The Colts left tackle Anthony Castonzo has been an improved player, but has still struggled, at times, in pass protection. On the other side at right tackle Denzel Good has left a lot to be desired.
The Colts offensive guards have had a brutal season. With starter Jack Mewhort on injured reserve, the Colts have been forced to pick up the slack with Joe Haeg, Kyle Kalis, and Jermey Vujnovich. The results have not been pretty.
Meanwhile the Jaguars are coming off their worst performance of the season in terms of getting after the QB. The Jaguars were able to sack Blaine Gabbert just once in week 12. The Colts QB Jacoby Brissett has the athleticism to extend plays, similarly to what Gabbert was able to do against the Jags. But I have a sneaky suspicion the Jaguars defense, that leads the league in sacks, will be ready for it this week.
This a game where the Jaguars defense should be able to tee off on Brissett. Sure, the Colts are a group of professionals that will play with pride and look to knock the Jaguars down a peg, but they simply cannot compete with the Jaguars defense at the line of scrimmage.
Look for a big day from Calais Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue and company as the Jaguars look to get back to their winning ways.
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