Jacksonville Jaguars Indianapolis Colts in ’embarrassing’ loss for a hopeful candidate

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Jacksonville, Fla. — Just two games into the 2022 season, the Indianapolis Colts are already at a crucial juncture.

Jacksonville Jaguars Indianapolis Colts in 'embarrassing' loss for a hopeful candidate

The Colts mourned their third shutout loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the past five seasons, a 24-0 loss at TIAA Bank Field and falling to 0-1-1 with a Week 3 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Colts passed for 218 for 331 yards and allowed 21 first downs while gaining just nine. Meanwhile, quarterback Matt Ryan has sacked five terms and threw three interceptions for the first time in his 15 seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Info analysis.

Jacksonville Jaguars Indianapolis Colts in 'embarrassing' loss for a hopeful candidate

Jacksonville Jaguars Indianapolis Colts in ’embarrassing’ loss for a hopeful candidate

“S— discomfiting,” Colts defensive tools DeForest Buckner said. “We’ve got our girl. Reach tomorrow, bring it on the chin and rise out of this.”

The Colts have begun to sincerely talk about Super Bowl goals this season, a conversation that has been renewed by seven Pro Bowl picks.

I definitely had high anticipations,” Ryan said. “And you certainly don’t think you’re heading to be 0-1-1.

Jacksonville Jaguars Indianapolis Colts in 'embarrassing' loss for a hopeful candidate

That’s not in the mindset of competitors. I think it’s significant to be real about where we are, and where we’re at. To be brutally frank.”

Here’s some brutal honesty: The Colt’s crime took a huge step back after passing 500 yards of offensive display in a Week 1 tie with the Houston Texans.

They were surprisingly unable to run the ball as 2021 rushing champion Jonathan Taylor was held to 54 yards on nine carries, including 4 yards on five carries in the first half.

The Colts, one of the NFL’s best rushing units, ended with 54 rushing yards — their lower total since 2019.

Jacksonville Jaguars Indianapolis Colts in 'embarrassing' loss for a hopeful candidate

“We just weren’t productive in the first half,” coach Frank Reich said. “We just couldn’t end, we couldn’t run the ball on first and second down.

It appeared like every run in the first half was 2 yards. And with us, when we’re buzzing, we’re sufficient. First and second down.”

Can the Colts turn it around? Reich had to convince his team that they had a chance to turn it around.

Jacksonville Jaguars Indianapolis Colts in 'embarrassing' loss for a hopeful candidate

Jacksonville Jaguars Indianapolis Colts in ’embarrassing’ loss for a hopeful candidate

“As pathetic as it is today, where it is and where we should be, the space is not that far,” Reich said.

“We have players and coaches that I know don’t play in the outer world, and I’m fine with that. We take our medicine and I take my medicine and we keep doing what we do.”

Santa Clara, California. — Trae Lance’s season is less than five full quarters into his first year as the San Francisco 49ers’ starting quarterback.

Jacksonville Jaguars Indianapolis Colts in 'embarrassing' loss for a hopeful candidate

Lance sprained his right ankle with 2:20 left in the first quarter of Sunday’s 27-7 win over the Seattle Seahawks.

Backup Jimmy Garoppolo replaced Lance to finish the game, as he now continues beginning duties with Lance.

Coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed the damage and said Lance is designed for season-ending surgery Monday morning.

Jacksonville Jaguars Indianapolis Colts in 'embarrassing' loss for a hopeful candidate

“It’s consistently tough, particularly when it’s big,” Shanahan said. “You feel so bad for someone.

It’s unfortunate, but you don’t have time to sit there and think about it. You have to get back to the game right away, and the guys did a really good job. I’m very happy about the win, but once you get in the locker room It’s a little sad.”

Jacksonville Jaguars Indianapolis Colts in 'embarrassing' loss for a hopeful candidate

When he returned to the Niners’ locker room after the win, Shanahan struck a similar tone with his team, advising them to be scornful of the win but take some time to keep Lance in his studies.

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