This article probably feels familiar since the first installment just ran three weeks ago, but we’re here to give you the most accurate and current information possible, so you remained informed. This is the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts series history recap, round two.
The two teams recently met in Indianapolis in Week 10, where the Colts held on for a victory (more on that later). The two teams have been going in opposite directions this season, as the Jaguars started strong, but have dropped seven straight games, while Indy started poorly, but has won its last five games.
Let’s jump right back into it.
All-time regular season series record: Colts lead 23-12
All-time postseason record: N/A
Last Jaguars win: Dec. 3, 2017 (30-10)
Last Colts win: Nov. 11, 2018 (29-26)
Current Streak: Colts with a one-game winning streak
Biggest Jaguars win: 51-16 (Dec. 13, 2015)
Biggest Colts win: 43-14 (Sept. 25, 2000)
Interesting takeaway: The Jaguars are just 7-10 all-time as the home team in the series, but have won the previous three home meetings, including as the designated “home” team in London in 2016.
Quick thoughts: The Jaguars have defeated the Colts in four of the past six contests, but Indianapolis had won all six games prior to that. Looking at the full history, the Jags and Colts only met twice prior to the conference realignment in 2002. Indianapolis (AFC East), beat Jacksonville (AFC Central), in both of those contests. Then the Colts won the next three games while both teams began competition in the AFC South. Jacksonville finally got its first win against Indy in 2003, and another one the next season in 2004. The Colts hold a large advantage overall, but since 2011 the Colts have won eight and the Jaguars have won seven, so it’s been a lot more competitive as of late. Overall, the Colts have been a much more successful franchise with a 512-458-7 (about .530 winning percentage) all-time record compared to the Jaguars with a now 168-211 (.443) record. In less playoff games, the Jaguars have a slightly better record (7-7, .500) than the Colts (22-23, .489).
Date: Nov. 11, 2018
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
Team Stats: Jaguars — 324 passing yards, 91 rushing yards, 24 first downs
Colts — 285 passing yards, 81 rushing yards, 17 first downs
Quick recap: This was a tale of two halves. The Colts hung 29 points on the Jaguars in the first half, and led by 13 at halftime. The Jaguars then shut out Indianapolis in the second half and doubled their score to make it 29-26 deep into the fourth quarter. The Jags had their chance to tie or take the lead late in the game and deep into Colts territory, but Rashad Greene Sr. fumbled the ball at the Indianapolis 24-yard line with about a minute-and-a-half to go. The Colts then kneeled out the clock. This was arguably Blake Bortles’ best performance of the season (besides maybe the the New England game), as he finished the game 26-38 for 320 yards with two touchdowns and zero picks — actually, Bortles often plays well against the Colts, but we obviously won’t see that this week.
Date: Dec. 3, 2017
Location: EverBank Field, Jacksonville
Team Stats: Jaguars — 338 passing yards, 96 rushing yards, 22 first downs
Colts — 174 passing yards, 141 rushing yards, 17 first downs
Quick recap: Blake Bortles tends to beat up on the Colts, and he did so twice in 2017. On this particular day, Bortles completed 74 percent of passes for 309 yards, two touchdowns and zero turnovers. Leonard Fournette added a touchdown, and Josh Lambo tacked on a couple of field goals. A lot of wide receivers got involved with Marqise Lee securing seven catches for 86 yards and a touchdown, while Keelan Cole had 49 receiving yards and a score, and Dede Westbrook added six catches for 78 yards. The defense had a strong performance with four sacks and two interceptions. Brad Nortman even completed a pass. It was a great all-around performance — man, I miss 2017.
Through the Decades
1990s: Colts 1-0 (1995)
2000-2010: Colts lead 14-5
2011-Present: Colts lead 8-7
Quick thoughts: While the Colts dominated early, winning eight of the first 10 matchups overall, it is the Jaguars that have been making a comeback. The Colts held the advantage in the 1990s (granted, that was only one game in Jacksonville’s first year as a competing NFL franchise) and early 2000s, but Jacksonville has closed the gap. As mentioned earlier, the series is 8-7 Colts since 2011, and since 2008, Indy’s advantage is just 12-9. Indianapolis easily dominated from 2000 through 2010, which gives them the lopsided advantage in the series overall.
Heading into the second meeting of 2018, I have no idea what to expect. The Jaguars have fired offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and benched Blake Bortles. Meanwhile Leonard Fournette is suspended for the game, Andrew Norwell was placed on IR and Jalen Ramsey may not play. I am not even sure how this team can compete this week, but the NFL is strange sometimes, and if the Colts are looking past the Jaguars (I doubt it) an upset can ensue.
Does Jacksonville even stand a chance in this one? Let us know.
This poll is closed
Jaguars lose in blowout fashion
Jaguars lose close
Jaguars somehow win