INDIANAPOLIS– Colts coach Frank Reich made one thing completely clear today. No scoreboard seeing enabled Sunday.
Sure, he understands Indianapolis requires assistance to make the playoffs. And yes, he understands the arise from 3 of the 4 other crucial video games might be in prior to kickoff. Still, he desires his gamers to concentrate on the something they can manage: beating Jacksonville.
” The appropriate ratings will not be up on the scoreboard,” Reich stated after talking about the alternatives with basic supervisor Chris Ballard. “It’s a possible interruption. Perhaps it’s not to all men, however if it’s a diversion to one person, that’s one person a lot of. It’s simply much better not to have them up there.”
Indianapolis might have prevented all this if it had actually safeguarded a 17-point, third-quarter lead recently at Pittsburgh. Rather, the Steelers scored the last 21 points, sending out Indy from 6th to 8th in the fight for the AFC’s 7 playoff areas.
Pittsburgh and Buffalo, both 12-3, might help as they fight for the conference’s No. 2 seed. The Steelers check out Cleveland, with Ben Roethlisberger and other regulars anticipated to remain, while the Bills hostMiami The Browns, Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens are all 10-5, like the Colts, however lead Indy based upon tiebreakers.
The Colts might still win the AFC South title if Tennessee loses at Houston.
However there is one typical style in each playoff chapter.
” Every situation includes the Colts beating the Jags,” Philip Rivers stated. “That’s the just one we have a say in, so I believe we need to simply be concentrated on what we can manage, discover a method to get win No. 11 and do not be sidetracked by all the other video games.”
The Jags (1-14) do not have much at stake.
They have actually lost 14 directly, currently won the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes and might will start a significant offseason overhaul. Basic supervisor David Caldwell was fired, quarterback Gardner Minshew was benched, leading rush James Robinson will not play since of an ankle injury and coach Doug Marrone might be gone quickly, too.
Marrone is simply 12-35 given that leading Jacksonville to the AFC national championship following the 2017 season.
” I believe, certainly, there will be modification, I do not understand (what),” Marrone stated. “I’m not notified of anything like that, however certainly, there’s going to be a great deal of modification going on. However my entire focus is attempt to get this win.”
The Colts understand this video game is no gim me.
Jacksonville has actually won the last 2 in this series and 5 of the last 7, consisting of a 27-20 Week 1 success. So Reich’s message is easy: Ignore the sound and complete the task.
” It’s simply much better not to have them (ball games) up there,” Reich stated. “It can do absolutely nothing to contribute to what we need to do– focus our energy on Jacksonville.”
GLENNON ONCE AGAIN
Veteran quarterback Mike Glennon will make his 2nd straight start and his 5th in 6 weeks in what is most likely to be his last video game with the Jags. Over the previous 10 quarters, Glennon has actually tossed 2 TD passes, dedicated 6 turnovers and been sacked for a security.
” Every chance you get to be a beginning quarterback in this league, I do not take that for approved,” Glennon stated. “You never ever understand when this opportunity is going to return.”
Glennon has actually used 3 groups that made the No. 1 general draft choice. He began with Tampa Bay, which took Jameis Winston with the leading choice in 2015. Glennon likewise was with Arizona, when it took Kyler Murray at No. 1 in 2019.
Left deal with Anthony Castonzo was set up to have season-ending surgical treatment on his ideal ankle Thursday, leaving the Colts with a huge hole for their essential video game of the season.
Castonzo’s leading backup, Le’Raven Clark, suffered a torn left Achilles tendon previously this year. Will Holden, who changed Castonzo recently, has actually been dismissed today with a knee injury.
Indy might begin Chaz Green in Castonzo’s area. Reich likewise might utilize three-time Pro Bowl guard Quenton Nelson in Castonzo’s area. Or the Colts might trigger veteran Jared Veldheer, who was signed to the practice team Thursday.
The Colts seem a virtual lock to score 24 points for the 8th successive week.
Jacksonville has actually quit a minimum of 24 points in each of its 14 losses, an NFL record. The only time it held a challenger to less than 24 points this season was the Week 1 win over Indy.
” It’s been a hard year,” Jags protective organizer Todd Wash stated. “It’s been aggravating, however a minimum of, ideally, we can head out on an excellent note versus Indy.”