Jacksonville Jaguars Crush Indianapolis Colts 27-0

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - OCT 22: Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis (89) catches a touchdown pass as Indianapolis Colts safety Matthias Farley (41) attempts to intercept. (Photo Credit: Debby Wong/The Florida Star)
By Darrell Baker
 
The Jacksonville Jaguars (4-3) ended a four-game losing streak at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Sunday. The victory, spearheaded by Blake Bortle’s season-high 330 yards and one touchdown, and a relentless defense that smothered the Colts’ quarterback, Jacoby Brissett, for ten sacks, kept them atop the AFC South.

Despite being without rookie running back Leonard Fournette, (out with a sprained right ankle), the Jaguars were able to run a fluid offense behind T.J. Yeldon’s 122-yard rushing performance and Bortles’ 330-yard air campaign. But it was the defense that was the highlight of the game. The Colts’ Brissett would be sacked ten times, the most the Colts have allowed since moving to Indianapolis.

The Colts found themselves in trouble early on getting outplayed on both sides of the ball. They had no answer to the Jaguars defense, unable to protect Brissett well enough to establish any momentum or consistency on offense. The Jaguars’ running back Chris Ivory would score on a 1-yard run and wide receiver Marcedes Lewis would catch a 5-yard touchdown pass from Bortles in the first quarter. The Colts found themselves down 14-0 going into the second quarter.

The Jaguars’ would continue with success on offense in the second quarter, adding two field goals by Josh Lambo, making it 20-0 at halftime.

To start the second half, the Colts would continue to struggle on offense after halftime, punting after just three plays totaling six yards. The Jaguars’ running back Chris Ivory would fumble on the first possession of the half but again, the defense shut down the Colts after just five plays and allowing zero yards on the drive. Bortles would spread the ball around on the next drive, getting the offense down to the 42-yard line, where Yeldon, who had nine carries for 122 yards in the game, would explode up the middle for a 58-yard rush and touchdown late in the third quarter, increasing the Jaguars lead to 27-0. The Jaguars defense would set the offense up for cruise control the remainder of the game, overpowering the Colts’ offensive line and smothering Brissett for an additional seven sacks bringing the game total to ten sacks in a game that was far from close.

The win puts Jacksonville at the top of the AFC South (tied with the Tennessee Titans) as they go into a bye week before hosting the Cincinnati Bengals on November 5 at 1:00 pm.

Photo Gallery

  • INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCT 22: Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles calls a timeout during the game against the Indianapolis Colts on October 22, 2017 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Debby Wong/The Florida-Georgia Star)
  • INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCT 22: Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) pulls on the jersey of Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Chester Rogers (80) on October 22, 2017 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Debby Wong/The Florida-Georgia Star)
  • INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCT 22: Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler Jr high fives fans at the end of the game against the Indianapolis Colts on October 22, 2017 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Debby Wong/The Florida-Georgia Star)
  • INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCT 22: Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith (50) emerges from the tunnel before the game against the Indianapolis Colts on October 22, 2017 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Debby Wong/The Florida-Georgia Star)
  • INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCT 22: Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Keelan Cole (84) runs with the ball as Indianapolis Colts cornerback Chris Milton (28) tries to tackle on October 22, 2017 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Debby Wong/The Florida-Georgia Star)
  • INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCT 22: Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Keelan Cole (84) is tackled by Indianapolis Colts cornerback Chris Milton (28) on October 22, 2017 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Debby Wong/The Florida-Georgia Star)
  • INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCT 22: Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis (89) celebrates after scoring a touchdown pass as Indianapolis Colts safety Matthias Farley (41) sits on the field on October 22, 2017 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Debby Wong/The Florida-Georgia Star)
  • INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCT 22: Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett (7) is sacked by Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) on October 22, 2017 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Debby Wong/The Florida-Georgia Star)
  • INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCT 22: Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Ivory loses his helmet during the game against the Indianapolis Colts on October 22, 2017 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Debby Wong/The Florida-Georgia Star)
  • INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCT 22: Former Indianapolis Colts player Gary Brackett hammers an anvil before the game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Indianapolis Colts on October 22, 2017 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Debby Wong/The Florida-Georgia Star)

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