The Jacksonville Jaguars impose their will on the Indianapolis Colts again in a blowout win.
The Jacksonville Jaguars needed a bounce back, and did they ever deliver on Sunday. The Jaguars steamrolled the Indianapolis Colts for the second time this season, 30-10. In the two games against Indianapolis this season, Jacksonville outscored the Colts by a combined score of 57-10.
It was a game that was never in doubt, as the Jaguars scored first and never looked back in a convincing win. With the victory the Jaguars get back on track after the disappointing loss to the Cardinals last week, and still have avoided dropping two straight games this season.
Also important, the win for Jacksonville keeps pace with the Tennessee Titans in the AFC South, who knocked off the Texans to hold on to the division lead.
A few takeaways from the win:
Blake Bortles: Colt Killer
Someone tell Blake Bortles that his opponent every week is the Indianapolis Colts.
Even as erratic as he has been as Jaguars quarterback, Bortles owns the Colts, and showed that again in this game.
Bortles went 26-of-35 for 309 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. He looked poised and in-control all game, and lead the offense up and down the field en route to a 30 point afternoon. The Jaguars had 426 total yards on the day, in a fairly clean game from the offense, despite another inept effort in the running game, which is cause for concern if it continues.
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After a sub-par effort last week against the Cardinals, Blake Bortles needed a confidence booster, and found one against a team he has gashed repeatedly in his time in Jacksonville.
Defense stout again
What more can be said about this Jaguars defense? The group has been a terror all season, and shut down another offense on Sunday.
Jacksonville racked up four more sacks and hauled in two interceptions, on their way to holding the Colts to just ten points. Those ten points are all the points Indianapolis scored on the Jaguars this season, after the shutout in the first matchup.
With the offense moving the ball efficiently, the defense got the chance to go all out even more than usual, and took advantage of it in another monstrous performance.
Jacksonville keeps rolling the dice, and keeps coming up golden. The Jaguars have become experts in fake punts, this time drawing up a pass from punter Brad Nortman to James O’Shaughnessy for a gain of 29 yards. The perfectly executed fake lead to the first touchdown of the game.
The Jaguars have called a fake punt now against the Ravens, Chargers, and Colts this season, all three going for huge gains and one for a touchdown.
Head coach Doug Marrone has shown to be aggressive, and that mentality has worked far more than it has failed this year.
With the win, the Jacksonville Jaguars improve to 8-4, and set up a huge home game next Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.