Colts’ T.Y. Hilton blames himself for losing Week 1 matchup with Jaguars
Veteran wide receiver T.Y. Hilton and the Indianapolis Colts came up short on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon, an outcome that certainly won’t leave a great taste in the team’s mouth heading into Week 2 and beyond.
While the Colts were widely expected to defeat the lowly Jaguars in Week 1, especially considering the fact that Indianapolis picked up former Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers this past offseason, Hilton immediately took the blame for the season-opening loss.
“I lost the game,” Hilton said following his team’s Week 1 loss to the rival Jaguars, via the Indianapolis Star.
This was hardly the case, however, as the Colts blew a halftime lead against a significantly inferior opponent, at least on paper, Hilton believes that he lost his team the game because he was unable to tie things up in the final seconds down in Jacksonville.
The aforementioned Rivers saw his final toss of the day bounce off Hilton’s body before rolling toward the pylon. As a result of the play that saw Hilton fail to convert, the Colts turned the ball over on downs with 46 seconds remaining in regulation as the Jaguars promptly notched the 27-20 win at home.
On the day, the typically sure-handed Hilton caught just four passes for 53 yards and no touchdowns as he and Rivers have yet to connect in the end zone as members of the Colts. It is also worth noting that Hilton was the team’s third-leading receiver in terms of yards against the Jaguars.
The Colts also saw big time playmaker in linebacker Marlon Mack go down with an ACL tear in the Week 1 matchup.