JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Indianapolis Colts dropped their season-opening game for the seventh year in a row on Sunday in a 27-20 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road.
Head Coach Frank Reich, who knelt for the national anthem before the game while the rest of the team stood on the sideline, says they made costly mistakes.
“We came down here and felt like we were ready to go in all three phases, and we hurt ourselves,” Reich said. “We hurt ourselves offensively with penalties and some miscues here and there.”
Jags quarterback Gardner Minshew was 19-of-20 passing for 173 yards and three touchdowns. Philip Rivers threw for 363 yards and a touchdown but also threw two costly interceptions in his debut with the Colts.
Rivers says he appreciates his coach sticking up for him, but he’s responsible for his own interceptions.
“Ultimately it came down to we had penalties and we turned over in the red zone,” Rivers said. “Frank (Reich), you know he’ll do everything he can to shield us from the blame, but shoot, ultimately the ball is in my hand.”
Running back Nyheim Hines caught one of those T-D passes and ran for another in relief of starter Marlon Mack. Mack left the game the first quarter with an ankle injury.
The Colts return home this coming Sunday to face the Minnesota Vikings.