We are going to examine each of the Jaguars rivals and what they bring to the table and what Jaguars fans should fear most about each team. We will start with the defending AFC South Champion Indianapolis Colts.
What Do We Fear Most About the Colts?
The first thing is pretty easy, it’s Andrew Luck. Luck is clearly the best quarterback in the division and he appears to be getting better every year. He’s not only one of the smartest at his position in the league, but he has elite arm strength and running ability. To put it simply, he’s probably the most untradeable player in the NFL and with him the Colts can beat any team on any Sunday, anywhere. This was evidenced last season when they took down eventual Super Bowl champ Seattle, as well as NFC runner up San Francisco, as well as AFC champ Denver in the span of about a month.
A great quarterback minimizes his team’s weaknesses and a bad one exposes them. The Jaguars are well versed in that philosophy as they lived through the Blaine Gabbert era. Luck is probably the antithesis of Gabbert. He is smart, tough, decisive and a winner.
The second thing Jaguars fans need to fear is the Colts wide receiving corps. With the return of the ultra productive, ultra professional Reggie Wayne along with sensation T.Y. Hilton, the Colts should have another elite passing attack. I failed to mention that they added Hakeem Nicks, who helped the Giants win a Super Bowl.
That trio of wideouts might or might not be the best in the NFL, but they’re worthy of having the conversation. They’re certainly the best in the AFC South. Hilton is a big play guy who has shown the ability to get open from any position on the field. Wayne runs precise routes and should end up in Canton when his career is over. Nicks was the Giants big play guy prior to the arrival of Victor Cruz and if he’s Indy’s third option, that will be a lethal passing attack.
Indianapolis has question marks on their offensive line, defensive line and secondary. If they didn’t have Andrew Luck at quarterback they would certainly be a playoff afterthought. Still, with Luck they are the Vegas favorite to win the AFC South (1:2 odds).