On Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts lost 24-0, having completely dealt with the Jacksonville Jaguars. (Yes, you read that right.) It was an amazing result, and while it didn’t include a successful kick in the game or a last-second touchdown, it still stood out for its surprise. The Colts, led by Matt Ryan, failed to score a single point in jaguars, who less than a year ago were the laughing stock of the NFL.
The Colts know what it looks like. Defensive tackle DeForest Buckner was pretty blunt in his post-match assessment of the one-sided confrontation.
“That shit was embarrassing,” Buckner said. via ESPN. “We got our ass. We have to come tomorrow, take it on our chin and grow out of it.”
Ryan is a quarterback, so he has a significant role to play in this “shameful” loss. He echoed Buckner’s “we’ll grow out of this” mentality.
“I definitely had high expectations,” Ryan said via ESPN. “And you certainly don’t think you’ll be 0-1-1. It’s just not in the competitor’s mindset. We are where we are and I think it’s important to be realistic about where we are. be brutal honesty.”
Give Buckner the mic at the next team meeting and he’ll give Ryan all the brutal honesty he wants.
The Colts still play poorly in Jacksonville
However, rough honesty alone will not fix this. The Colts were bad on both sides of the ball on Sunday. The offense brought just nine first downs and allowed Ryan to retire five times, while the defense allowed him to gain 331 yards on the day. Ryan was outplayed by a quarterback who is 15 years his junior. He completed barely half of his passes and made three interceptions. NFL rushing champion Jonathan Taylor held on for just 54 yards, which was the Colts’ combined total for the entire game.
The Colts are always in pain when they go to Jacksonville to play the Jags, so maybe they should have expected that. Now they’ve lost eight games in a row to the Jaguars in Florida, and the only three shutouts they’ve had since 2003 have come at the hands of the Jaguars.
However, head coach Frank Reich is unable to fix the curse. He must focus on things that are tangible. After the game, he said that despite this “miserable” loss to the Jaguars, he believes the Colts have the players and coaches to succeed. Colts fans can only hold their breath and hope he’s right.