The Indianapolis Colts were defeated by the Jacksonville Jaguars by a score of 30-27 on Sunday. The Colts now sit with a 1-3 record through the first quarter of the season.
The Indianapolis Colts’ struggles continued for the 2016 season, as they fell to the Jacksonville Jaguars 30-27 in a divisional bout.
The game kicked off at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time, as it was the NFL’s annual game played in Wembley Stadium in London, England.
The Colts wound up being own by as much as 17 points on Sunday before a late second-half rally found quarterback Andrew Luck on the brink of another potential game-winning drive. Down three on fourth-and-one, the Colts opted to pass the ball — which resulted in an incomplete pass intended for tight end Dwayne Allen, all-but sealing victory for the Jaguars.
Luck completed 27 of his 42 passing attempts for 234 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles completed 19 passes and tacked on 207 yards with two touchdowns.
The Colts’ largest play of the day came when Luck found receiver Phillip Dorsett for a 64-yard touchdown — cutting the Jaguars’ deficit to three points with just over three minutes left.
It started to look as if the Jaguars were about to blow their fourth-quarter lead as the Colts were in prime position to steal the victory. It was the Jacksonville defense and their six total sacks on Luck that helped preserve the win, ultimately.
“We’ve got to be more professional, in a sense…” Luck said regarding the team’s effort against the Jaguars.
Sitting at 1-3 through the start of the season, the Colts need to find answers, and find them quickly before things go south.
Chuck Pagano on the Hot Seat?
Team owner Jim Irsay shocked the league back in January when he extended both Pagano and General Manager Ryan Grigson’s contracts after the team finished with an 8-8 record and missed out on the playoffs for the first time in the Luck era.
It had been speculated by the end of the 2015 season that Pagano’s time in Indianapolis was most certainly over. But even with his extension, it still poses the question as to wether or not the Colts- fifth-year coach’s job is secure for 2016.
Time and time again have the Colts just looked flat-out out-coached and unprepared at the start of games and been forced to play catchup ball.
It would be a bit of a reach to expect Pagano to be fired tomorrow, but if the team keeps up the poor performance as the season goes on, don’t be surprised to see some personnel changes occur at some point.
The Colts’ next game takes place next Sunday in Indianapolis against the Chicago Bears, with a 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff time.
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