Originally written on The Colts Authority  |  Last updated 11/19/14

As the Week Three game against the Jaguars approaches, the Colts will be gameplanning specifically for this week's mactchup. As we approach each game, we'll be looking at just one of the many possible matchups for the gameColt

As always, there are plenty of matchups we could spotlight, but the one that is the most intriguing to me is the continuing development of the interior offensive line. So, this week's matchup is Seth Olsen, Mike McGlynn, and Trai Essex versus Tyson Alualu, C.J. Mosely and Terrance Knighton. 

So far this season, the Colts interior line has struggled immensely. Seth Olsen has been the bane of Colts fans' existence, Mike McGlynn nearly caused the Colts several turnovers last week with terrible snaps, and Trai Essex is an accident waiting to happen. 

In terms of breaking down each player, the performances have been inconsistent at best. 

McGlynn has been the most impressive of the two (read: least harmful) for the Colts, performing at about an average level overall. The game against the Vikings was rough for McGlynn, as he gave up a QB hit and hurry, as well as poor run blocking. On the other hand, he was much more impressive against the Bears. Part of the reason was the switch to Center, where he was far worse, not only in his horriffic snaps, but also was much less effective as a blocker. If Samson Satele does return for the Jaguars game (as bad as he's been), it will help merely in getting McGlynn back to a better fit for him. 

Trai Essex has been just bad overall in the past for the Steelers. There hasn't been any distinct difference between his run and pass blocking, as he's been inconsistent (read slightly better than bad) at times in both areas. Against the Vikings, he was actually ok when pass blocking (giving up just one hurry), but was awful in run blocking. Essex also had two penalties, but after a full week and a half in Indianapolis, Essex should be a little more disciplined. 

Seth Olsen is bad. He's easily the worst starter on the team at this point (outside of maybe Jeff Linkenbach), getting overwhelmed in both pass and run blocking. ProFootballFocus even liked Olsen's performance against the Bears, giving him a positive grade, in a game where it seemed like he struggled, but last week was terrible, as Olsen's -4.0 rating was ranked dead last in the league for Week 2. Olsen, again, was bad in both run and pass blocking, but was especially bad against the pass, where Olsen gave up three hurries and had a penalty. 

The Jaguars possess a quality defensive tackle in Terrance Knighton and an inconsistent Tyson Alualu, who has been struggling in both run stopping and pass rushing so far this season. Nevertheless, a week against a struggling Colts' interior should be a good opportunity for him to get a good game in. Knighton, on the other hand, has looked good thus far, and will be more than enough for the Colts to handle. 

For the Colts offense to be effective, the interior line has to improve upon last week. The Vikings secondary is bad enough that Andrew Luck could take advantage of it, even without any support from the run game (and getting harassed all game during passing snaps), but it won't be like that every week. This week provides a moderate challenge for the Colts, but one that is open to show improvement as well. 

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Cam Newton calls out 'classless' Panthers fans

Report: 49ers to part ways with Harbaugh after season finale

Brad Stevens shoots down rumors he's headed to Hoosiers

Jameis Winston cleared in code of conduct case

Sherman: Patrick Peterson would be benched on Seahawks

Fans struck by lightning after Buccaneers-Packers game

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Philip Rivers playing through painful back injury

Report: Bears could have interest in Jim Harbaugh

Report: Shanahan interested in coaching next season

Report: Michigan has its eye on several NFL coaches

Report: Titans, Jay Cutler have mutual interest in trade

Phillies GM told Ryan Howard team is better off without him

10 takeaways from NFL Week 16

Tony Romo leads Dallas Cowboys to NFC East title

Ole Miss QB arrested after fighting, threatening bouncers

WATCH: Marshawn Lynch's ridiculous TD run

WATCH: Steelers' Gay draws flag for taunting teammate

WATCH: Three players ejected after Giants-Rams fight

WATCH: Dominic Raiola stomps on Bears player's ankle

WATCH: Arian Foster throws TD pass, drops scoreboard taunt

WATCH: Johnny Manziel leaves with injury after taking big hit

NHL has warned 22 players about diving

Nick Mangold wears NYDP hat to honor fallen officers

Five things we learned from the first day of bowl games

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

10 takeaways from NFL Week 16

Cam Newton calls out 'classless' Panthers fans

Raiola stomps on Bears player's ankle

Bears interested in Jim Harbaugh?

Shanahan to return to 2015?

Browns interested in drafting Mariota?

Mullen wears funny Christmas sweater

RG3 returning to Redskins?

Tom Izzo hot after bad loss

Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

WATCH: DeSean mocks Eagles

Vick: Winston is the future of the NFL

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.