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Will it be the old Philip Rivers or an old Philip Rivers?


The answer to that question might not become apparent Sunday when Rivers makes his first start for the Indianapolis Colts in their NFL opener with Jacksonville.


But Indianapolis really needs the former instead of the latter if it's to realize its goals of bouncing back from a disastrous second half of 2019 that cost the Colts an AFC playoff berth.


Rivers has been the ultimate gamer over the past 14 years, making 224 straight regular-season starts for the Chargers while often playing with injuries. In fact, he even answered the bell for the 2007 AFC title game in New England a week after tearing an ACL, a feat that probably never got the credit it deserved.


However, his 16th NFL season was a disappointment. Rivers threw 20 interceptions against only 23 touchdown passes for a team that was picked by some to win the Super Bowl and instead stumbled to last place in the AFC West.


Los Angeles waved goodbye to the 38-year-old and drafted Justin Herbert in the first round as his eventual successor. Rivers picked Indianapolis, coached by his old offensive coordinator, Frank Reich, as his landing spot to close a successful career that only lacks a Super Bowl.


And a major reason he did so was the Colts' offensive line. There were times as a Charger when Rivers was basically reduced to playing chuck and duck behind an inconsistent front wall. The likes of Anthony Castonzo and Quenton Nelson should keep him upright far more often.


"The fact that these guys played every game last year together and certainly have been together now for a handful of years ... I think that's huge," Rivers said. "It makes you feel good as a quarterback."


So should Indianapolis' running game. Marlon Mack rushed for a career-high 1,091 yards last year and seems to be a worthwhile fantasy play this week against a Jacksonville defense that some would say has been stripped and sold for parts.


Since logging its second straight last-place finish in the AFC South, Jacksonville traded defensive ends Calais Campbell (Baltimore) and Yannick Ngakoue (Minnesota), as well as cornerback A.J. Bouye (Denver).


And even with those guys around last year, the Jaguars were vulnerable to good running games. Mack and Jonathan Williams each piled up over 100 yards on the ground in a 33-13 win in Week 11.


But Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone, who starts his fourth full year with a franchise roundly expected to have the worst record in the league, is expecting good things.


"I really think this team can be special," he said. "I really do. We've got to go out there and win games, and I'm confident this football team will be able to do that."


If that's the case, second-year quarterback Gardner Minshew will likely have a lot to do with it. He is the Jaguars' guy for the long run, even if their offense might not have much run to it after letting top rusher Leonard Fournette go recently.


In fact, Minshew, who posted a nice 21-6 touchdown-interception ratio last year and went 6-6 as a starter, has been named a team captain.


"That's one of the highest honors you can have," he said. "It means everything."


Castonzo and center Ryan Kelly were limited in practice Wednesday for the Colts and are questionable for Sunday's opener.


Jacksonville will allow just under 17,000 fans to attend this game -- about 25 percent of TIAA Bank Field's capacity.


--Field Level Media


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Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

Player Position Lineup
Denico Autry primary: Defensive End Starter
Parris Campbell primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Anthony Castonzo primary: Left Tackle Starter
Jack Doyle primary: Tight End Starter
Mark Glowinski primary: Right Guard Starter
T.Y. Hilton primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Malik Hooker primary: Free Safety Starter
Justin Houston primary: Defensive End Starter
Ryan Kelly primary: Center Starter
Darius Leonard primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Marlon Mack primary: Runningback Starter
Kenny Moore II primary: Strong Safety Starter
Quenton Nelson primary: Left Guard Starter
Zach Pascal primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Braden Smith primary: Right Tackle Starter
Grover Stewart primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Anthony Walker primary: Strong Outside Linebacker Starter
Khari Willis primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Rock Ya-Sin primary: Cornerback Starter
DeForest Buckner primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Philip Rivers primary: Quarterback Starter
Xavier Rhodes primary: Cornerback Starter
Matthew Adams primary: Linebacker Substitution
Mo Alie-Cox primary: Tight End Substitution
Ben Banogu primary: Defensive End Substitution
Jacoby Brissett primary: Quarterback Substitution
Ashton Dulin primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Zaire Franklin primary: Linebacker Substitution
Nyheim Hines primary: Runningback Substitution
Tyquan Lewis primary: Defensive End Substitution
Al-Quadin Muhammad primary: Defensive End Substitution
George Odum primary: Safety Substitution
Bobby Okereke primary: Linebacker Substitution
Luke Rhodes primary: Linebacker Substitution
Rigoberto Sanchez primary: Punter Substitution
E.J. Speed primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jordan Wilkins primary: Runningback Substitution
Le'Raven Clark primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
T.J. Carrie primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Michael Pittman Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jonathan Taylor primary: Runningback Substitution
Danny Pinter primary: Guard Substitution
Isaiah Rodgers primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Jordan Glasgow primary: Linebacker Substitution
Rodrigo Blankenship primary: Kicker Substitution
Taylor Stallworth primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Tavon Wilson primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Chaz Green primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Julian Blackmon primary: Defensive Back Not active
Jacob Eason primary: Quarterback Not active
Dezmon Patmon primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Noah Togiai primary: Tight End Not active
Eli Ankou primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Player PositionLineup
Josh Allen primary: Defensive End Starter
Taven Bryan primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
A.J. Cann primary: Guard Starter
DJ Chark Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Keelan Cole Sr. primary: Wide Receiver Starter
D.J. Hayden primary: Cornerback Starter
Tre Herndon primary: Cornerback Starter
Myles Jack primary: Linebacker Starter
Abry Jones primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Brandon Linder primary: Center Starter
Gardner Minshew II primary: Quarterback Starter
Andrew Norwell primary: Guard Starter
Cam Robinson primary: Offensive Tackle Starter
Jawaan Taylor primary: Offensive Tackle Starter
Jarrod Wilson primary: Free Safety Starter
Josh Jones primary: Strong Safety Starter
Tyler Eifert primary: Tight End Starter
Joe Schobert primary: Linebacker Starter
C.J. Henderson primary: Cornerback Starter
Laviska Shenault Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Starter
James Robinson primary: Runningback Starter
Adam Gotsis primary: Defensive End Starter
Dakota Allen primary: Linebacker Substitution
Chris Conley primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Logan Cooke primary: Punter Substitution
Leon Jacobs primary: Linebacker Substitution
Josh Lambo primary: Kicker Substitution
James O'Shaughnessy primary: Tight End Substitution
Will Richardson Jr. primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Tyler Shatley primary: Guard Substitution
Dawuane Smoot primary: Defensive End Substitution
Brandon Watson primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Andrew Wingard primary: Defensive Back Substitution
K'Lavon Chaisson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Davon Hamilton primary: Nose Tackle Substitution
Ben Bartch primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Shaquille Quarterman primary: Linebacker Substitution
Daniel Thomas primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Collin Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Chris Claybrooks primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Nathan Cottrell primary: Runningback Substitution
Ben Ellefson primary: Tight End Substitution
Ross Matiscik primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Chris Thompson primary: Runningback Substitution
Bruce Miller primary: Fullback Substitution
Timmy Jernigan primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Dede Westbrook primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Cassius Marsh Sr. primary: Defensive End Not active
Josiah Scott primary: Defensive Back Did not play
Jake Luton primary: Quarterback Not active
Tyler Davis primary: Tight End Not active
Doug Costin primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Luq Barcoo primary: Defensive Back Not active
Mike Glennon primary: Quarterback Did not play
Dare Ogunbowale primary: Runningback Not active

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 12 Yards
    • Rusher: Nyheim Hines
    • Conv Kicker: Rodrigo Blankenship
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 38 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Rodrigo Blankenship
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 15 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Laviska Shenault Jr.
    • Passer: Gardner Minshew II
    • Conv Kicker: Josh Lambo
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 8 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Nyheim Hines
    • Passer: Philip Rivers
    • Conv Kicker: Rodrigo Blankenship
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 6 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: DJ Chark Jr.
    • Passer: Gardner Minshew II
    • Conv Kicker: Josh Lambo
  • Period 3
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 50 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Josh Lambo
  • Period 4
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 46 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Josh Lambo
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 22 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Keelan Cole Sr.
    • Passer: Gardner Minshew II
    • Conv Kicker: Josh Lambo
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 25 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Rodrigo Blankenship
  • Match End


Last 10

W 60% L 40%
6 4
  • @Buffalo L 24 - 27
  • Jacksonville W 14 - 28
  • @Pittsburgh L 24 - 28
  • Houston W 20 - 27
  • @Las Vegas W 44 - 27
  • @Houston W 26 - 20
  • Tennessee L 45 - 26
  • Green Bay W 31 - 34
  • @Tennessee W 34 - 17
  • Baltimore L 24 - 10
W 0% L 100%
0 10
  • @Indianapolis L 14 - 28
  • Chicago L 41 - 17
  • @Baltimore L 14 - 40
  • Tennessee L 31 - 10
  • @Minnesota L 24 - 27
  • Cleveland L 27 - 25
  • Pittsburgh L 27 - 3
  • @Green Bay L 20 - 24
  • Houston L 27 - 25
  • @L.A. Chargers L 29 - 39

Last Meetings

  • Jaguars @ Colts 14-28
  • Colts @ Jaguars 20-27
  • Colts @ Jaguars 20-38
  • Jaguars @ Colts 13-33
  • Colts @ Jaguars 0-6
  • Jaguars @ Colts 26-29
  • Colts @ Jaguars 10-30
  • Jaguars @ Colts 27-0
  • Jaguars @ Colts 20-24
  • Colts @ Jaguars 27-30

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

Last Injuries

Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Gardner Minshew completed 19 of 20 passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns Sunday, including the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter that lifted the Jacksonville Jaguars to a season-opening 27-20 win over the visiting Indianapolis Colts.

Minshew, who hit his last 15 passes, found Keenan Cole wide open down the right sideline for a 22-yard touchdown pass with 5:56 left in the game. Josh Lambo added a 46-yard field goal with 2:50 to play, his 45th consecutive successful field goal at home.

Indianapolis reached the Jacksonville 26 on its final possession, but Philip Rivers' fourth-down pass for T.Y. Hilton was knocked away by rookie cornerback C.J. Henderson with 49 seconds remaining.

Rivers, playing his first game for the Colts after starting for the last 14 seasons with the Chargers, connected on 36 of 46 passes for 363 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Indianapolis played most of the last three quarters without starting running back Marlon Mack, who left with a leg injury.

Indianapolis scored on its first possession of the year, ripping off a 63-yard drive that required just seven plays. Nyheim Hines polished off the march on a 12-yard run for a 7-0 lead only 3:11 into the game.

But Rivers, who tossed 20 interceptions last year, mixed in a pick early in the second quarter to Henderson that set Jacksonville up at the Colts' 27. Four plays later, Minshew hit DJ Chark on a 6-yard touchdown pass with 10:42 left in the half.

Indianapolis responded with a scoring drive of nearly six minutes, with Hines taking a screen pass from Rivers and turning it into an 8-yard touchdown that made it 14-7. Back came the Jaguars with Minshew's 15-yard scoring strike to rookie Laviska Shenault at the 1:38 mark.

However, the Colts went into halftime with a 17-14 lead when Rivers led a two-minute drill down the field. Rookie kicker Rodrigo Blankenship cashed in with a 38-yard field goal just before time expired.

--Field Level Media