The Indianapolis Colts came into their Week 10 AFC South matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars with a lot to prove. Their offense had been electric lately Peyton Manning Jersey White , the defense inconsistent and they needed to put it all together against their divisional foes.The Colts were fantastic offensively in the first half, but the second half left a lot to be desired overall. Defensively we saw the Colts rack up several tackles for loss, but not a single sack and only a couple of situations in which they really forced poor throws from Blake Bortles.In the end, the Colts were saved by another play made by their defense in a crucial spot of the game to win 29-26Colts can’t sustain a single drive in second halfAfter putting up 29 points in the first half and exploiting several weaknesses in the Jaguars’ defense, the Colts were completely shut out in the second half. The Colts only possessed the ball for 7:42 of the final 30 minutes of the game, did not maintain a drive of more than five plays, and also had an interception on one of two costly drops by Colts’ pass-catchers.That is not winning football, and the Colts are incredibly lucky to have pulled one out against one of the worst quarterbacks in the league in terms of passing ability. Eric Ebron has been one of the Colts best free agent signings in yearsMany were worried about the acquisition of Ebron this offseason with his past issues of dropping passes. He’s some of that this year as well, but he’s been nothing short of fantastic for the Colts as a whole. He’s only got two games this season without a touchdown, and now he’s got two games with multiple touchdowns. He’s had at least 7 targets in 5 of his 9 games played, already has a career-high in touchdowns, and he is on pace to shatter his previous best in receiving yardage.Ebron’s 3 touchdowns today were perfect examples of what type of dynamic he brings to the offense with Luck under center. The tight end room was expected to be a strength for the Colts, but Ebron’s efforts have made it a unit full of mismatches for opposing defenses. The Colts running game took a major step backThe Colts had been surprising everyone with their potent running game of late as they’d put up more than 200 rushing yards in back-to-back games and Marlon Mack looked to be breaking out as a true NFL lead back.The Jaguars’ were a very average run-stopping defense up to this point in the season Womens Andrew Luck Jersey , but aside from Jordan Wilkins’ big 53-yard run, the Colts run game was stagnant and outmatched to say the least. The running backs weren’t hitting it hard, the blocking up front was very inconsistent and the Colts averaged just over 1.2 yards per carry (23 carries) without Wilkins’ only contribution to the game.Now, the Colts did have successful plays in the running game such as the 2-point conversion from Mack, but there were also big disappointments as well. The Colts were up 29-23 midway through the fourth quarter, were in a 3rd-and-1 and couldn’t find any positive yardage in a big spot. The Colts still need that complementary aspect of the running game to round out their offense despite Andrew Luck being so good in his comeback bid this year. It needs to return or the Colt will struggle down the stretch.Colts tackling woes lead to big pointsOne of the largest takeaways from the Colts season thus far has been the linebacking corps largely being a very good tackling bunch. Anthony Walker has been good at keeping running backs and receivers to short yardage after the catch. Today, however, he was part of a unit that allowed far too much and it was a large part of the Jaguars ability to put points on the board.About halfway through the second quarter as the Jaguars were driving, Leonard Fournette caught a screen pass from Blake Bortles and cut towards the middle of the field. Walker dove at Fournette, throwing a shoulder at him from behind, and it went for big yardage to get inside the Colts’ 5-yard line, and eventually the drive finished with a touchdown.Another example was on the Jaguars’ first touchdown of the game as Donte Moncrief ran for an 80-yard touchdown reception. Near the 30-yard line, Malik Hooker had an opportunity to either secure the tackle or get Moncrief out of bounds. He did neither and Moncrief had a clear path to the end zone after that.There were multiple other examples Malik Hooker Jersey , but the other that comes to mind is the 12-yard pickup on 3rd-and-11 from Blake Bell after he dodged Kenny Moore which would have been about a 5-yard gain had Moore completed the tackle. Now the Colts lucked out and this drive ended in a punt, but they gave Bortles far too many opportunities to keep possessions alive. WESTFIELD, Ind. — Andrew Luck felt like a different guy as he strolled down the tree-lined path to the Colts practice field Thursday.The recently married quarterback and now expectant father made the short trek, confident in his surgically repaired right shoulder and football future.And despite being limited to individual drills by a strained left calf as training camp opened, even the Indianapolis Colts quarterback took a few moments to reflect on how much has changed since he first appeared at Grand Park Sports Campus last July.“I remember walking through that sort of tunnel in the trees. Today I was sitting there thinking about it and how scared I was to go practice and how nervous I was,” Luck said.“I had no idea what the heck was going to happen on this practice field. I remember it being a very powerful feeling and then feeling so happy and almost relieved like I’d survived. Survived practice. My arm is still attached to my shoulder. That’s certainly a much different feeling this year.”Those initial fears gradually dissipated with a steady progression of successful steps — proving to himself the throwing arm could withstand the NFL rigors, leading the Colts back from a 1-5 start to end a three-year playoff drought and eventually winning the league’s Comeback Player of the Year award.Now Luck begins this season with another light workload.In 2016, team officials rested Luck as part of an effort to protect the sore shoulder he initially injured in September 2015. After opting for surgery on the still-ailing shoulder in January 2017, Luck missed all of training camp — and the entire season. Last year, Luck slowly returned with coach Frank Reich and general manager Chris Ballard closely monitoring Luck’s passing totals at camp to assure he’d be healthy for the season opener.It worked.This time, it’s different.Instead of talking about his arm, Luck has spent much of the offseason answering questions about the leg injury that kept him out of all of the team’s offseason workouts this spring, prevented him from working out with his teammates on the West Coast between June and July and now has limited his work early in camp.Luck threw Thursday in individual drills and is expected to return to seven-on-seven work Friday. Reich said Luck’s injury would be evaluated each day and hopes his starting quarterback is back in full action by early next week.But with their preseason opener two weeks away and their regular-season opener more than six weeks away Darius Leonard Jersey White , nobody at Colts camp is panicked. Instead, they’re playing it safe.“When you don’t go the whole spring, I just think it’s the smart thing to do,” Reich said. “We’ve got plenty of time. He’s working hard, he’s dialed in and he’ll get plenty of reps out here.”Besides, the Colts have a pretty good idea of how Luck will play once he is healthy.In his first season under Reich, Luck set career highs in attempts (630), completions (430), completion rate (67.3 percent) and quarterback rating (98.7) while being sacked a career-low 18 times. He flirted with career highs in yards passing (4,593) and touchdown passes (39) and finished with the second-lowest interception rate (2.34 percent) of his career.He played in all 16 games for the first time since 2014 when he led the Colts to the AFC championship game, engineered a six-win improvement over 2017 and made his fourth Pro Bowl appearance.The Colts encouraged Luck to take some well-deserved time off following their divisional-round loss to Kansas City, but sometime before the start of OTAs, Luck injured his lower left leg.So he spent the spring studying playbooks Peyton Manning Jersey , watching game tape and demonstrating his mastery of Reich’s offense by explaining what he liked and didn’t like last season, discussing adjustments and what could be changed in 2019.“He had input last year, but it’s not even close to the same level. We were installing it and it was more listening with a few comments here and there,” Reich said.“I think it has taken the meetings to a higher level and even when it’s the quarterback meetings with (offensive coordinator) Nick (Sirianni), (quarterbacks coach) Marcus (Brady) and myself, but even in the offensive meetings. The voice he has in there making sure he is talking to receivers, tight ends, backs. He has had a real strong presence this offseason.”And it should give the Colts a leg up on their competition when Luck returns.“You can go to bed saying, ‘I wish I didn’t pull my calf. I wish I didn’t feel like this,” Luck said. “I know anybody coming back from any type of injury, it’s the same thing. You’ve got to keep working and getting better and trust that.”
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