Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Matchup Preview 9/13/20: Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream
It has been a busy offseason for both teams as the Colts have been adding, while the Jaguars have traded most of their recent core away. Trades were flying as the Jaguars defense took hit after hit. The Colts ended up getting DeForest Buckner in a trade for their number one pick. Indianapolis is looking for an upgrade in their quarterback play and signed Philip Rivers to a deal. The big question is how much of an upgrade will he be from Jacoby Brissett? Rivers turns 39 this year and is coming off of a career-high in interceptions. Jacksonville will enter Week 1 with Gardner Minshew as their starting quarterback and there will be no battles with Nick Foles this year. Both him and Leonard Fournette are long gone. The Colts are big favorites on the road against Jacksonville, despite struggling to win here over the last few seasons. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars Matchup Page.
Date: Sunday, September 13, 2020
Time: 1:00pm ET
Location: TIAA Bank Field – Jacksonville, FL
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Indianapolis Colts: Anthony Costanzo (Q), Trey Burton (O)
Jacksonville Jaguars: Gardner Minshew (P), Taven Bryan (Q)
Indianapolis Colts Analysis
The Colts are coming off of a 7-9 record where they underperformed and failed to capitalize on a weaker division. The offseason was about establishing themselves with veteran presences as they added Philip Rivers, Sheldon Day, and Xavier Rhodes. The big trade was for DeForest Buckner, who is going to be a major piece in that defensive line. While they traded away a draft pick for it, they still were able to beef up the offense with Michael Pittman and Jonathan Taylor. Both are expected to have decent touches in year one. The defense is headlined by Darius Leonard who has turned out to be one of the top linebackers in the game. Indy will be looking for Malik Hooker to stay healthy.
There was a clear need for the Colts to improve the passing offense as they ranked 25th last season. T.Y. Hilton and Paris Campbell being hurt most of the year did not help either, but Brissett failed to move the ball in big chunks. Indy added a back to what was the 8th ranked run offense last season and behind a top-three offensive line that should continue. Defensively the Colts were middle of the road ranking 19th against the pass and 18th against the run. Buckner’s addition should help improve both of those numbers.
Indianapolis Colts Depth Chart
Jacksonville Jaguars Analysis
Jacksonville was lucky to get to six wins last season and over the last few months, they have been a trade machine. They sent out Nick Foles, Calais Campbell, Cedric Ogbuehi, and AJ Bouye. These are key losses, and while they used the draft to try and revamp this defense, it won’t happen in 2020. CJ Henderson and K’Lavon Chaisson have a chance to step right in and be the building blocks. They also added Laviska Shenault, who is a big-time playmaking wide receiver out of Colorado. If his injury issues didn’t arise before the draft, he might have gone higher. The free agent additions were not as sexy but Joe Schobert and Chris Thompson both will have their roles in the offense. Jacksonville is seemingly just adding picks and they will likely have a down season which leads to a chance at Trevor Lawrence.
Gardner Minshew was the starter most of last season and the Jaguars had the 23rd ranked pass offense and the 29th ranked rush offense. With Leonard Fourentte gone and a lackluster offensive line, I wouldn’t expect either of these numbers to improve all that much. The positive for the pass offense is that they will be able to put up the volume to mask their efficiency. Jacksonville’s defense ranked 24th against the pass last season and 31st against the run. With all the departures over the offseason, these numbers will seemingly get lower. It will be a field day for most offenses against this defense. Over the next season or two, if these picks pan out, we might have a similar situation for when they made a deep playoff run.
Jacksonville Jaguars Team Depth Chart
Daily Fantasy: Colts Back Field In Prime Spot
Jacksonville’s run defense has been abysmal and that will not improve in 2020. The Colts backfield would be an ideal one to target if it wasn’t for the three bodies that will all get touches. Now there is a chance the game script flows well and someone can hit their value on 12 touches just based on this defense being so bad. But this makes them nothing but fliers in daily fantasy. Jonathan Taylor has been hyped up as the real deal but won’t have that heavy workload just yet. T.Y. Hilton gets a great matchup against the Jags secondary and his ownership should be rather low given there are a lot of wide receivers in great spots. The Colts defense is also in play against the Jaguars as they have revamped their front seven and should be a more friendly fantasy defense.
On the Jaguars side of things, DJ Chark is the only standout. He is going to be peppered with targets and playing from behind most games. The price tag on all sites is not too bad either. The matchup against the Colts is middle of the road for Chark as they have a good overall secondary but not anyone corner that will scare me off using Chark. Plus his volume is still what makes him a more attractive fantasy play. The backfield might be one people target but it is likely going to be mix and match for touches. Chris Thompson is a receiving back worth a flier on DraftKings for cheap.
Spread: IND -8
Jacksonville ML: +310
Indianapolis ML: -420
This game opened at a 46.5 over/under and dropped by a point and a half. The Colts opened as seven-point favorites and are now up to eight. Indy has covered the spread just once in the last ten games at Jacksonville, and it is a somewhat notable trend by the public. Public money is on the new-look Colts, and on paper, the Colts should easily pull this one out and cover. Defensively they have been bad on the road over the last few seasons, yet this group is very talented and upgraded with DeForest Buckner. Indy has the advantage in just about every area of the game, including a tremendous offensive line. However, I can’t get comfortable with the Colts and their inconsistencies. It also isn’t a look with Rivers under center given he has been trending downward over the last few seasons. I believe the Jaguars cover here and Minshew can air it out enough to keep this one close.