The AFC South is the most consistently ignored division in football when it comes to the national media, so we’re going to help you keep up with the comings and goings of the Colts, Jaguars, and Texans — and how those developments impact the Titans — in a weekly feature breaking down the biggest takeaways from the previous week’s action. So let’s jump right in.
Indianapolis Colts (0-1)
Week 1 Result: 27-20 loss at Jacksonville
It’s hard not to chuckle a little bit about the outcome in this one. The Colts spent the offseason getting pumped up by the media as a sleeper Super Bowl contender after adding DeForest Buckner and Philip Rivers in free agency. The Jaguars spent the offseason shedding talent — including some big names in A.J. Bouye, Calais Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue, and Leonard Fournette — and looking like a team that might be trying to tank.
So of course the Colts come out and get beat by Jacksonville in Week 1, ruining teasers and moneyline parlays across the country.
From the Indy perspective, this was a game that they had no business losing. The Colts out-gained the Jaguars 445 to 241, got 27 first downs to just 17 for Jacksonville, and their punter didn’t get off the bench for the entire game. Indianapolis was in control for the vast majority of this game and clearly looked like the better team to me.
So how did they lose?