Jacksonville Takes Care Of Indianapolis Easily, Keeps Pace With Tennessee In AFC South
Jacksonville, FL — The Jacksonville Jaguars (8-4) secured their first non-losing season since 2010, beating the Indianapolis Colts (3-9) handedly at EverBank Field. With the win, the Jaguars inches closer to a playoff berth, as they look to get into the postseason for the first time since 2007.
After last week’s loss to Arizona and former Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert, Jacksonville bounced back. Jags quarterback Blake Bortles played well, head coach Doug Marrone called and converted another fake punt, and Jacksonville running back Leonard Fournette scored for the first time in six weeks.
The Jaguars look to cement their claim to relevancy with the Seattle Seahawks coming to town next week. Can they string together two complete performances? Can Bortles lead them via mistake-free football?
Blake Loves To Play The Colts
Bortles played very well vs. Indianapolis, in fact, the last time he played that well this season was against Indianapolis. In two games vs. the Colts this season, Bortles has 639 passing yards, five touchdowns, zero interceptions, while completing 72 percent of his passes.
However, Bortles can’t play Indianapolis every week. The Colts aren’t very good without star quarterback Andrew Luck and has had a historically bad pass defense over the years.
Bortles needs to take the confidence from this game and turn it into consistency. If Bortles can be productive for Jacksonville, they can make some noise in the playoffs led by Fournette and their stout defense.
Run Game Descending
Jacksonville can’t seem to get the ground game on track. Coming into Sunday’s matchup, the Jags averaging just 121.7 yards per game over the past three weeks, with Fournette accounting for only 68.7 in that span.
They did not improve against the Colts, only rushing for 96 yards; Fournette had 57 yards on 20 carries with 24 yards coming on one play.
Teams are catching on to Jacksonville’s scheme and testing the Jags the rushing attack. The Jaguars hasn’t changed much schematically in the run game throughout the season. Jacksonville is new to success and will learn the better teams adapt as the season progresses.
$30 Million Spent Well
Jacksonville brought defensive end Calais Campbell in to solidify their defensive line. Done. Campell broke Jacksonville sack record with four games left to play.
“That [the sack record] is a testament, really, to the guys around me. We take turns making plays. Our secondary really does such a great job locking down receivers and giving us time to get back there. It’s an accolade for them, a testament for how good they’re doing.”
Some believed the Jags overpaid for Campbell’s services. However, Campbell is the NFL’s best offseason acquisition thus far.
Up Next: The Seattle Seahawks visit EverBank Field in a “flexed game” by the NFL due to Jacksonville success on the season.