This is the most interesting did you know of Blaine Gabbert’s short career : He’s never lost to the Colts. Ever.
Of all the disappointing stats and lowlights you could show of the franchise QB, this is what gives tonight some sort of reason for interest. The Jaguars should have a lot of viewers just because Andrew Luck is an amazing QB and Indy has a legit chance at the postseason. This is the one chance for the Jaguars faithful to show up in force and cheer on a team that has their moments.
But, tonight is the night Luck gets his first win against Jacksonville. The first meeting took some abysmal coverage on the part of the Colts secondary for the Jags to score, and Luck still almost won that game.
This Colts team has been 4-1 since their first (and only) loss at Lucas Oil. The Jaguars have stumbled and bumbled their way to no wins and plenty of memories that their fans would love to forget. Tonight will show just how good Luck is and just how overwhelmed Blaine looks. Circumstances aside, this was the case before they both were drafted. Luck was heralded and chose to stay back one more year, which raised all sorts of red flags. The biggest one being what if he gets hurt (he didn’t) or what if terrible performances (which never happened in his junior season) would jeopardize his draft status (it didn’t).
Blaine may have the tools to be a great QB, but he’s had mediocre receiving corps and a collapsing line that gives him little to no time to throw.
Excuses aside, Luck is just a better QB, and Blaine … well, Blaine could have a solid NFL career, but he’s not a star.
And for the Jags to win tonight, they might need a little bit of luck. Just not the one wearing a Colts jersey.
Jacksonville 10, Indianapolis 35
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Written by Michael Reid