3 Indianapolis Colts Bold Predictions for Week 1

Zach Brunner
Bold predictions for the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1.
Bold predictions for the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1. / Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The Indianapolis Colts made another quarterback switch this offseason, signing veteran passer Philip Rivers. The team is excited to take the field with their new leader, kicking the season off against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Despite hitting the road, the Colts are the heavy road favorites.

It does not appear that the result of the game will be a shock. However, there could still be some surprises with the Indianapolis team. With that in mind, here are three bold predictions for the Colts against the Jaguars.

1. Colts Have Two 100-Yard Rushers

After having a 1,000-yard rusher in Marlon Mack last season, the Colts added two-time Doak Walker Award winner Jonathan Taylor. Both are talented running backs that will be used a lot, and they are running behind a talented offensive line. The Jaguars gave up the second-most yards per rush last season, at 5.1 yards. If the odds are right, we could see a lot of running in the second half for the Colts, giving both rushers the opportunity to have big days.

2. Colts Hold Jacksonville Out of the End Zone

The Jaguars have essentially shipped everyone out of the door that could get in the way of them getting the top overall draft pick. While this offense has talent in the receiving corps, the running game is no longer a threat, so the Colts can focus on stopping the pass first. Defensively, Jacksonville got rid of many playmakers, especially up front. Along with the Colts having a great day running the football is them controlling the clock, limiting the chances the Jaguars have to score.

3. Colts Sack Gardner Minshew Five Times

With the Colts likely leading from early in the game, they will have plenty of opportunities to send pass rushers after Gardner Minshew. This passing attack is the only thing that Jacksonville has, so expect them to pass a lot, and also expect Minshew to get caught holding onto the ball too long at times, trying to make plays when nothing else is going right. The Colts averaged 2.6 sacks per game last season (T-No. 13 in NFL).

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