PFF Preview: Jaguars @ Colts, Week 12
The Indianapolis Colts look to bounce back from a tough loss last week as they host the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts are looking to stay at least a game ahead of second-place Houston in the AFC South with a win, while the Jaguars hope to pull off one of the biggest upsets of this season.
For the Jaguars to come away with a win, they’ll have to find a way to slow down the Colts’ impressive passing offense. That’s far easier said than done, as Andrew Luck has thrown for over 300 yards in all but one game this season. If Luck continues on this impressive pace, he’ll finish the season with over 5,400 yards passing and 45 touchdowns. Those would not only be career-highs for Luck, but would be good for the third-most yards in a season of all time, and the sixth-best touchdown mark.
The Jaguars will have a tough time slowing down Luck and his receivers if they don’t figure out something different to do. They’ve have struggled in coverage this season, posting a cumulative player grade of -33.8 in that category. In fact, corner Demetrious McCray is the only member of the Jaguars’ secondary to not have a coverage grade in the red (below -1.0). For the Jaguars to beat the Colts, it starts with at least slowing down the passing game.
Here are three players from each team to keep an eye on this Sunday.
Ryan Davis – Davis has 17 total pressures in only 136 snaps, giving him a second-best (among defensive tackles) Pass Rushing Productivity of 10.6.
Brandon Linder – Linder has allowed only 8 total QB pressures this season, good for a Pass Blocking Efficiency of 97.8, seventh best among guards.
Denard Robinson – Only one running back has averaged more yards per carry than Robinson’s 5.4 yards/attempt since he took over as a starter in Week 7.
T.Y. Hilton – Hilton has the fifth-best receiving grade of +9.5 and is averaging a career-high 2.41 Yards Per Route Run.
Vontae Davis – Quarterbacks have a rating of 46.2 when throwing towards Davis, and his 14.3 Coverage Snaps per Reception are fourth best among corners.
Ahmad Bradshaw – Bradshaw has forced 37 missed tackles on only 128 total touches of the ball, which gives him a second-best Elusive Rating of 82.5
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