2018 Colts Season Preview: Colts/Jaguars, Week 10

An early look at the Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars Week 10 regular season matchup.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Coming off their Week 9 bye, the Indianapolis Colts will host their second division game of the season when the Jacksonville Jaguars come to town.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

  • Sunday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m. ET
  • Indianapolis (Lucas Oil Stadium)
  • TV — CBS

ALL-TIME SERIES

  • Colts lead, 22-12. Jaguars have won four of the last five going back to 2015. Colts had won the prior six matchups.
  • Last game — Week 13 of 2017. Jaguars won, 30-10.

COACHING STAFF

Colts:

  • HC Frank Reich
  • OC Nick Sirianni
  • DC Matt Eberflus
  • STC Bubba Ventrone

Jaguars:

  • HC Doug Marrone
  • OC Nathaniel Hackett
  • DC Todd Wash
  • STC Joe DeCamillis

KEY NEW FACES

Colts:

  • OG Quenton Nelson
  • TE Eric Ebron
  • WR Ryan Grant
  • RB Nyheim Hines
  • DT/DE Denico Autry

Jaguars:

  • OG Andrew Norwell
  • WR Donte Moncrief/D.J. Chark
  • DT Taven Bryan
  • TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins/Niles Paul
  • S Ronnie Harrison

OTHER SIGNIFICANT CHANGES

Colts:

  • The Colts got an almost entirely new coaching staff this offseason, and general manager Chris Ballard went into his second offseason of flipping the roster.
  • With the coaching change came a switch to a 4-3, Tampa-2 style defense from the hybrid 3-4 defense.
  • From 2017 to 2018, there could be as many as a dozen or more new starters.
  • One of those new starters will be at running back. Frank Gore is now on the Miami Dolphins, so a new face will be stepping into the starting tailback spot.

Jaguars:

  • The Jaguars are now without several important members of their rebuild: wide receivers Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, tight end Marcedes Lewis, middle linebacker Paul Posluszny and nickel Aaron Colvin. Hurns was a notorious thorn in the side of the Colts, catching 23 balls for 445 yards and four touchdowns in six career games.
  • This is more about something that the Jaguars didn't change, but they did not sign or draft anybody to push Blake Bortles at quarterback. Many have speculated about his status with the team for a couple of years now, but after being signed to a contract extension this offseason, those questions have been put to rest.

EARLY STORYLINES

  • AFC South Race — Ten weeks in, the AFC South race is sure to be taking shape. The Colts, Jaguars, Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans should (or, at least, could) all be legitimate playoff contenders, so this head-to-head matchup may be critical.
  • Any Significant Changes Coming Out of Bye Week? — Oftentimes, teams make personnel changes during their bye week since they have an extra week to prepare. This is a chance for the Colts' coaching staff to regroup and see if there is anything they want to or are ready to change. It could be an opportunity to submit a rookie like guard Braden Smith or linebacker Darius Leonard into the starting lineup if they aren't already in it at this point, for example.
  • Erasing What Happened Last Time Jacksonville Came To Town — When the Jaguars came to Lucas Oil Stadium last year, they beat up on the Colts en route to a 27-0 shutout. The Jaguars' defense sacked quarterback Jacoby Brissett 10 times, and the backfield combo of T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory combined for 184 yards of offense and two touchdowns. The Colts know that no part of that was acceptable, so they will look to redeem themselves at home this time around.
  • Donte Moncrief Returns — After four years in a Colts uniform, receiver Donte Moncrief joined the Jaguars this offseason. This will not only be his first game against the Colts, but also his first back in Lucas Oil Stadium.

INTRIGUING MATCHUPS

  • Colts WR T.Y. Hilton vs. Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey — This is a matchup of two of the best at their respective positions. In their last matchup, Hilton was able to pull in a 40-yard touchdown, but Ramsey got an interception.
  • Colts TE Eric Ebron vs. Jaguars LB Myles Jack — Jack has the type of athleticism you don't often see for a linebacker, and likewise for Ebron at tight end.
  • Colts OT Anthony Castonzo vs. Jaguars DE Calais Campbell — Campbell was second in the league last year with 14.5 sacks. Any way you look at it, Castonzo has a tall task ahead of him.
  • Colts OG Quenton Nelson vs. Jaguars DT Malik Jackson/Marcell Dareus — With the slate of interior defenders he has ahead of him this season, Nelson is definitely being thrown into the fire as a rookie. It doesn't get much easier in this matchup as Jackson and Dareus are two highly talented defensive tackles who routinely penetrate through the line.

RETURNING LEADERS

Colts:

  • Passing — QB Jacoby Brissett (3,098 yards)
  • Rushing — RB Marlon Mack (358 yards)
  • Receiving — WR T.Y. Hilton (966 yards)
  • Touchdowns — QB Jacoby Brissett, WR T.Y. Hilton, TE Jack Doyle (4)
  • Tackles — LB Antonio Morrison (108 total)
  • Sacks — DE Jabaal Sheard (5.5)
  • Interceptions — S Malik Hooker (3)

Jaguars:

  • Passing — QB Blake Bortles (3,687 yards)
  • Rushing — RB Leonard Fournette (1,040 yards)
  • Receiving — WR Keelan Cole (748 yards)
  • Touchdowns — RB Leonard Fournette (10)
  • Tackles — LB Telvin Smith (102)
  • Sacks — DE Calais Campbell (14.5)
  • Interceptions — CB A.J. Bouye (6)

COMPARING 2017 STATS

Colts:

  • Total offense — 31st (284.8 YPG)
  • Scoring offense — 30th (16.4 PPG)
  • Passing offense — 30th (180.8 YPG)
  • Running offense — 22nd (103.8 YPG)
  • Total defense — 30th (367.1 YPG)
  • Scoring defense — 30th (25.2 PPG)
  • Passing defense — 28th (246.6 YPG)
  • Sacks — 31st (25)
  • Running defense — 26th (120.4 YPG)
  • Time of possession — 22nd (29:41)
  • Turnover margin — 13th (+5)

Jaguars:

  • Total offense — 6th (365.9 YPG)
  • Scoring offense — 5th (26.1 PPG)
  • Passing offense — 17th (224.6 YPG)
  • Running offense — 1st (141.4 YPG)
  • Total defense — 2nd (286.1 YPG)
  • Scoring defense — 2nd (16.8 PPG)
  • Passing defense — 1st (169.9 YPG)
  • Sacks — 2nd (55)
  • Running defense — 21st (116.2 YPG)
  • Time of possession — 3rd (32:19)
  • Turnover margin — 5th (+10)

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