Historical collapse latest sign of Colts need for overhaul: AFC South analysis

When pony rolled in a way they haven’t been this season before Vikings on Saturday, before the biggest fall in NFL Historically, their special teams played phenomenally.

Have Wildflowers‘ The 49-yard tee shot back to start the game. His 48-yard kick returned in the third inning. Ifeadi OdenigboFingertip’s blocked punt in the first stage, caught by linebacker JoJo Domann and go back to make a touch of the ball. Fake stop in the second quarter.

In the first half, Indianapolis’s defense also dominated. At halftime, the Vikings had no points. They were held back in a meager 82-yard foul, the score 0 to 6 in the third down. Kirk’s cousin was fired three times. superstar receiver Justin Jefferson has held up to three receptions in 17 yards.

But even if things are going well for the Colts, things are not going well with their offense.

Indianapolis had an attacking touch in the first half with a score of 33-0. The Colts have been to Minnesota 10 times or better four times and have one touchdown to show it off. In the first quarter, why run again Jonathan Taylor injured his right ankle again (and likely won’t return this season).

Even with the Colts at their best in 2022, with a defense flying around, their flaws in attack are undeniable – from midfield to contentious attacks in attack. They were shown to the entire NFL world to watch.

While all are to blame for taking a 33-0 lead, one has to start with the Colts foul. Matt Ryan & Co. Leave 12 points on the board when going 1 to 4 in the red area. Looks like we’re not even talking about a Minnesota miracle win if the Colts have converted to a trip or two in that red zone in the first half.

The Colts’ demise is the latest example of the team’s need for a drastic offensive overhaul for 2023.

While Indianapolis has something to build with a core of promising young skill players (Taylor; recipient Michael Pittman Jr.., Parris Campbell and Alec Pierce; tight ending Jelani Forest), it had to find a franchised quarterback — through draft, free agent or commercial — and improve the offensive line.

left guard Quenton Nelsoncenter Ryan Kelly and handle it properly Braden Smith are expensive guys that aren’t going anywhere, but improving left handling and right guarding – two positions that have been omitted – must be a priority.

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The Jaguars are one of the NFL’s rising teams, winners of four of their past six games after a stunning overtime victory over Cowboys. Now they’re panting giant‘ stock in AFC South.

But can Jacksonville’s blossoming offense take a step back?

Coach Doug Pederson announced Monday that solving the remaining problem Orange Robinson will probably miss the rest of the season with a meniscus injury in his knee. He was hurt in the fourth half of the game against Dallas on Sunday.

Backup Little Walker replaced Robinson and will be Jacksonville’s left-hander going forward.

Pederson said of Little’s performance against the Cowboys: “He got in there with some adverse conditions against those two runner-ups and did a great job. “We have a lot of faith in Walker and look forward to getting him in there and taking him away.”

Trevor Lawrence, one of the hottest quarterbacks in the NFL, has benefited from excellent pass protection. Through Week 15, Jaguars were third in adjusted sack ratio (4.8%), according to Football Outsiders. That takes into account the quality of the opponent, down and distance.

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And Robinson is an above average left tackle. According to Pro Football Focus, of the 29 attacking tackles that made at least 500 tackles, Robinson gave up 27 pressures, ranking 10th.

Little was tasked with stopping Lawrence’s downhill plunge in order to keep the Jaguars’ overtaking game humming. 1 overall pick in 2021, for the first time in his career, Lawrence has thrown at least 300 yards and three touchdowns in head-to-head matches.

Playcalling made a big splash in the Titans’ loss first Charger

The Titans’ offense was fearsome in Sunday’s 17-14 loss to the Chargers, but questionable play didn’t give the unit a chance in key moments.

Tennessee faced third and second twice in the game, both times in the third quarter. Did not result in a conversion. Why run backwards? Derrick Henry never even touched the ball. He was only on the field for one play, both of which were incomplete passes.

“He’ll be there for some Tuesday games,” coach Mike Vrabel said Monday of Henry. “Other people, he won’t.”

The opposing defense knows how to press in those situations, especially against Henry. Eliminating predictability is always a goal. But if you’re Titans, there’s no need to be cute. You have a 6-foot-3, 250-pound truck in Henry, arguably the best full-back in football. Why not trust your best player to get two yards?

Having a third or lower game in the fourth quarter is also a tough one. The Titans are in range at Chargers 24 after Henry’s seven-yard run. Instead of playing it safe with a run, knowing the sad state of the pass attack in a game where scores were inherently hard to come by, Tennessee decided to pass. Ryan Tannehill was fired for losing nine yards, and the person who marked the spot Randy Bullock missed the target at 51 yards.

Sunday marked another bad game for the often-criticized offensive player Todd Downing. While acknowledging that call attack play might not be good enough to win, Vrabel added that he is ultimately responsible for every call called.

“Whether it’s done or it’s a good or bad decision, you have to look and see the times we’ve got into the flow and the rhythm,” he said. “The execution and calling all go hand in hand.”

Texans Bringing momentum to the game Christmas Eve vs. Titans

The Texans may be on a nine-game losing streak, but they are on their best two games of the season.

Not many people started, Houston was Kansas City – a Super Bowl contender – had to work overtime on Sundays. Last week, it lost to Dallas – one of the NFC’s best teams – by just four points. The Texans took the lead in the fourth inning in both games.

They scored 47 points in the competitions, the most they have gotten in a two-match period in the whole year.

“I think you get better as the years go by,” coach Lovie Smith said Monday.

Not being able to finish is a season-long problem for Houston. Over 15 games, the Texas team was 12th in the NFL in third-quarter points (68 points) and points difference (plus 12), but in the fourth quarter/overtime they were 30th in points (55 points). ) and finally on the margin point (negative-57), according to TrueMedia.

But one cannot ignore how well they have played in the playoffs in consecutive weeks.

With confidence from those performances, heading into the Christmas Eve game against the spinning Giants, who are in a tight AFC South battle with the Jaguars, maybe something unexpected will happen. happening.

Smith talks about how Houston could wreak havoc on the AFC South to close out the season. “That should get you excited, that’s all. That’s where we’re at.”

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Ben Arthur is the AFC South correspondent for FOX Sports. He previously worked for The Tennessean/USA TODAY Network, where he was a beat writer for Titans for a year and a half. He covered the Seattle Seahawks for for three seasons (2018-20) before moving to Tennessee. You can follow Ben on Twitter at @benyarthur.

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