Indianapolis, IN- The Indianapolis Colts are coming off a huge victory in their first road contest of the season last Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. Now, they take on their second straight road game this week against fellow AFC South division foe the Jacksonville Jaguars.
After the first three games one thing is apparent with the Colts, and that’s they’re trying to establish and ground and pound attack. Head coach Chuck Pagano and offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton have made it clear that teams can’t win football games unless they have a solid rushing attack. Even with second year quarterback Andrew Luck they wanted to be a run-first football team.
Heading into this weekend’s game with the Jaguars the Colts rank fourth in the NFL in the ground game. They average 146.3 yards per game and will likely try to use the same power physical running game we saw last weekend in San Francisco.
Jacksonville can’t stop a nosebleed right now. They rank dead last in the league in stopping the run giving up 167.7 yards per contest. That has a solid day out of Colts running backs Ahmad Bradshaw and Trent Richardson written all over it. The duo just pounded the 49ers on Sunday scoring once each as Indianapolis scored all three touchdowns on the ground with Luck going for a score late in the fourth quarter as well.
Five of Indianapoils’ eight touchdowns this year have come on the ground, and it’s a safe bet a few more come Sunday. Jacksonville just struggles to get into the backfield and create any penetration as they only have six sacks and one interception against the pass.
Look for the Colts to establish the run very early on which could set everyone up for big days.
Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the past four seasons and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru