The Jacksonville Jaguars lost 13-16 to the Indianapolis Colts in a game that could have made them the division leaders.
That happens. Unfortunately it just seems to happen to the Jaguars a lot. It’s disappointing and it leaves a sour taste in our mouths.
The Jaguars will have to move past it if they don’t want to end up looking just like the 2013 and 2014 iterations of the team.
But that doesn’t mean there weren’t positives from the game. Some people really saw their stock rise during the game and it’s important to give credit where credit is due.
These are the Jacksonville Jaguars who saw their stock rise following Sunday’s defeat.
Sep 13, 2015; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns (88) takes the field to face the Carolina Panthers at EverBank Field. The Panthers defeat the Jaguars 20-9. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
1) Allen Hurns, wide receiver, Jacksonville Jaguars
Allen Hurns did everything a wide receiver can do to win a game for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He caught 11 of 15 balls thrown at him with 115 yards and a touchdown in the loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
Hurns was the only true offensive threat for the Jaguars through the entire game. He seemingly came down with every pass thrown at him and while there were less opportunities for him in the second half, he was still an influential part of the offense.
Rather than Allen Robinson dominating the game and demanding attention, it was Hurns who filled that role. Props to the Colts for recognizing it and trying to limit him during the second half. The Jaguars should have been able to spread the ball around to other players as a result, but they failed to do that.
Hurns isn’t a Calvin Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald or even an Odell Beckham Jr. He just isn’t on that level, but he tried his best to be that player for the Jaguars on Sunday and I was impressed. He once again challenges Robinson as the best receiver on the team.
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