The Indianapolis Colts can’t stop the run. It isn’t news. For whatever reason, the Colts have become a graveyard for defensive tackles.

Jack Del Rio finally stuck to his gameplan to beat the Colts for only the second time since 2005. Or is that Shooter McGavin?

Jack Del Rio finally stuck to his gameplan to beat the Colts for only the second time since 2005. Or is that Shooter McGavin?

The Corey Simon disaster; Booger McFarland blows out his knee and calls it quits; and now, Quinn Pitcock retires after one season and Ed Johnson gets booted off the team.

Still, the Jacksonville Jaguars – with arguably the league’s best running attack – had dropped five of their last six contests against the Colts coming into Sunday’s game.

These weren’t blowouts – the Jaguars lost four of those five games by one score. Yet, head coach Jack Del Rio never stuck to his guns in the running game.

In those losses, the Jaguars averaged 135.6 yards per game on the ground at a whopping 4.7 yards a carry. Still, the Jaguars essentially had an equal distribution of plays in those games – 52 percent run, 48 percent pass.

In their 23-21 victory over the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday, Jacksonville took a page out of its own book – reverting back to the strategy that scored them their lone victory against the Colts over the past three seasons in 2006 … run the tar out of the ball. In that game, they ran 42 times for 357 yards – passing on just 14 occasions. The result was a 44-17 rout of the Colts.

Sunday was much of the same, minus the lopsided score. Despite falling behind 7-0 – the point where Del Rio usually panics and reverts to the team’s mediocre passing game – the Jaguars stuck to their strategy, running 48 times for 236 yards and chewing up almost the entire second half. The Colts possessed the ball for 3:59 in the final 30 minutes. That’s not a misprint.

“We obviously weren’t getting them off the field,” Colts linebacker Gary Brackett said. “They stuck to their gameplan and it’s on us to get off the field and we didn’t accomplish that today.”

When the Colts travel to Jacksonville on Dec. 18, expect nothing less than an equal or greater dose of Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew.

“You have to give a ton of credit to Jacksonville,” Colts coach Tony Dungy said. “They came in and got that running game going. I thought their two backs ran hard – ran outstanding.”

How will the Colts combat it next time? Good question. Tony Siragusa isn’t walking through that door; McFarland isn’t getting off that golf course; and Warren Sapp isn’t coming out of retirement.

It’s time for Dungy and staff to go back to the lab and find some answers because allowing 199 rushing yards per game isn’t going to equate to many wins for this squad.

Déjà vu. The sure-fire picks are again a dud to start the season. Currently I sit at an embarrassing 4-7 record. Time to work my way back. We’ll run with five picks this week, since one was cancelled in Week 2 due to the hurricane.

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