Colts and Jags play the first half you expect


If you were expecting the Colts and Jaguars to light up the scoreboard in Indy this Sunday, we’d like to be the first to welcome you back to Earth and hope that your journey to the outer reaches of the Milky Way was a safe and fruitful one.

For those of us who have had the opportunity to watch these two teams play this year, the game has gone pretty much as we would have expected. There have been 14 possessions (not counting a Colts kneeldown to end the half) which have resulted in two made field goals, two interceptions, nine punts and a Josh Scobee miss from 45 yards just before the half. There have been 233 total yards of offense, four sacks and very little excitement in this 3-3 game. About the only surprise is that the Jaguars aren’t battling the Colts for the worst record in the NFL.

Scobee’s miss has the Colts at halftime with their best chance to actually win a game in several weeks. To do so, Curtis Painter is going to need to start making some plays down the field. He has just 45 yards on 6-of-9 passing to go with his pick. The defense is also going to need to do a better job on Maurice Jones-Drew, who has 78 yards on 13 first-half carries and seemed like he was getting stronger as the half went on.

If they want to avoid becoming Indy’s first victim of the season, Jacksonville is likely going to have to do it without top cornerback Rashean Mathis. Mathis was carted to the locker room after suffering a knee injury and his return is being called questionable. That’s just one of many things you could call questionable about this game after the first 30 minutes, not the least of which is whether or not either team deserves to come out of this with a victory.