- Mike Wells, ESPN Staff Writer
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A weekly look at what the Indianapolis Colts must fix:
The Jacksonville Jaguars aren’t the New England Patriots, but they did rush for 105 yards against the Colts in the first meeting between the two teams on Sept. 21. And you can bet that the Jaguars will look to duplicate what the Patriots did to Indianapolis on Sunday night.
The Patriots had no problem running the ball down the Colts’ throats for 244 yards in their 42-20 victory.
Patriots running back Jonas Gray, who rushed for 199 yards and four touchdowns, was successful running toward his guard and tackle on each side. He gained 88 yards on 12 attempts rushing to the right. He had 14 attempts for 66 yards and a touchdown running to the left side. His other three touchdowns came up the middle where he gained 45 yards on 12 attempts.
“That’s tough, that’s tough, it’s hard to beat a team if you can’t stop the run,” safety Mike Adams said. “If you can’t stop the run, it opens up the pass and Tom Brady, like I said before, he was throwing dimes. We have to get better. We have to get better stopping the run. Not just our front seven, everybody. All 11 players, we got to swarm to the ball. We can’t let teams do that to us, we just can’t.”
The Colts’ goal of wanting to improve their run defense, which was 26th in the league last season, started when they signed defensive lineman Arthur Jones in the offseason. Jones has played less than three games because of an ongoing ankle injury.
Jones’ presence is definitely missed. They’ve yet to give up a rushing touchdown, and they’ve allowed only five runs of at least 10 yards when he’s been on the field. The Colts have allowed 12 rushing touchdowns and 33 plays, including six to the Patriots, of at least 10 yards without Jones on the field.