The Colts are over .500 for the first time since 2014 and are on their longest winning streak since 2009. Things are looking up for the Colts, and they look to continue this run down in Florida against the free-falling Jaguars. As always we will look into some of the stats and numbers heading into the week.
After years of Blake Bortles at the helm of the Jaguars, the team has finally made a change. The Jaguars have fired OC Nathaniel Hackett and benched Blake Bortles for Cody Kessler. The former USC product has 13 total games played and eight starts, I would put the rest of his stat line, but let’s say you don’t want to see it. This game will be day one of the post-Bortles era in Jacksonville, as it is unlikely the Jaguars turn back to their franchise QB this year.
Yes, this is the Colts longest streak since 2009, when they went 14-0 and….well let’s not talk about that either. This streak is, therefore, the longest in Luck’s career as well, no small feat in a career that contains three straight 11-5 seasons and three playoff wins. The Colts have a pretty easy schedule going forward, only facing two winning teams, but after last weeks nailbiter against the Dolphins, the Colts can take no game for granted.
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The most TD receptions in a season for a tight end held by Gronk in 2011. Why did I mention this one? Colts TE Eric Ebron currently has 11 TD receptions in 2018, and with Jack Doyle going on the IR, Ebron may just hit the record. Ebron’s targets per game go from 3.7 to 10.0 when Doyle is out of the lineup in 2018. The former first-round pick has five games to catch six TDs to match the record so that it will be close, but with the Colts offense clicking on all cylinders, Indy may just set another NFL record in 2018.
The Colts are banged up heading on the road, likely going into the game without Ryan Kelly, Doyle, and Marlon Mack. However, the Colts are much better than Jacksonville that is rolling out Cody Kessler this week. In addition, they may lose Leonard Fournette to a suspension due to their fight in week 12. Frank Reich’s squad again should squash their division foe by a large margin to get to six straight wins.
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