The Jacksonville Jaguars came into Lucas Oil Stadium, yesterday, at 0-2. They knew that an 0-3 start would be very hard to overcome in one of the tightest and toughest divisions in the NFL. They would not be denied, as they punched the Colts defense in the mouth with a 1-2 combination, all day, of Jones-Drew & Taylor.
I must say, the officiating was not the best. There were two times, that I saw the defender yank Marvin Harrison's jersey so hard the it left the top of his shoulder pads exposed, resulting in no flag, and an interception. The shot to Dallas Clark looked like the result of a forearm or shoulder to the head. The pass interference call on the last drive seemed kinda hokey, at best.
That being said, when it comes to beating a team, the defense has to make a stop. Yesterday, they let the Jaguars run all over them. My 10 year-old son could have ran through some of the holes being opened up by a reserve Jags o-line.
I am not going to bang on the Colts offense because they did move the ball a lot better than they did the first two games. However, to be able to move the ball, you have to be on the field. The defense could not put it together. You can blame the injury of Bob Sanders, however, Bob Sanders is not the entire defense. The inability to stop the run has plagued the Colts for years. For a coach that is considered a defense minded coach, Tony Dungy has yet to put a run stopping defense together. We just do not have the beef up front to adequately plug the gaps.
As a huge fan of Marvin Harrison, I do have to say that he looked a step slower, yesterday. Yes, he scored a touchdown. Yes, he made a clutch catch. However, there were some balls thrown his way that were catchable a couple years ago. He has a harder time shaking coverage, and at times, just seems slower. It might not have been a bad idea to hold onto Devin Aromashodu .
Well, the Colts are in their bye week. So, maybe they take this time and get healthy, come back and put a string of wins together. I am not so worried about the loss, as I know that they will improve, and I always know that they will drop one to Jacksonville and Tennessee each year. There is still a lot of time left in this season. Quite honestly, after watching some of the games in the league yesterday, I am convinced that there is not that big of a gap between 1-2 and 3-0, right now.