The Jacksonville Jaguars almost collapsed and let the Indianapolis Colts win the game, but they got their first win instead.
The Indianapolis Colts are bad.
The Indianapolis Colts are really bad.
Still, the Jacksonville Jaguars almost lost to them in London en route to their first win of the season. It was the kind of game where nobody seemed to want to win (except the legendary Allen Hurns, London hero). 30-27 shouldn’t have been that close and the Jaguars shouldn’t have let the Colts even have a final drive to get near Adam Vinatieri’s field goal range.
In a game in which the Jags out-gained the Colts 331-286, it felt so much closer. This is saddening considering a huge chunk of yards came on a blown coverage touchdown for the Colts late in the game.
This shouldn’t have been a close game. The Jags were up by 17 points at one point and held two 10-point leads late. They should have been able to put the Colts away.
But in a comedy of errors, this one was never quite put to rest. From Blake Bortles struggling to throw the ball to the blown coverage to numerous penalties that kept the Colts alive, there were numerous mishaps for the Jaguars.
But a win is a win. Whether shooting their own foot or otherwise, the Jaguars have escaped with another London victory and the first win of the 2016 season.
Perhaps more importantly, the Jags played mistake-free football from a turnover perspective. Zero fumbles and no interceptions for Bortles made this game at least manageable even with the usual Jags-collapse shenanigans.
There’s no question the coaching needs to improve. Even with the win, Gus Bradley may find himself on the way out (or at least that’s a popular sentiment).
It wasn’t perfect, but it’s a win.