Jaguars beat the Colts: What we learned on Sunday
By David Levin
While the offense continued to sputter, the Jacksonville Jaguars defense proved it was still dominant in a 6-0 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
The most endearing image of the Jacksonville Jaguars 6-0 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday from TIAA Bank Field might have been a joyous Tom Coughlin, who showed the exuberance of a fan 40 years his junior. If you did not think the seven-game losing streak was tough on the entire organization from top to bottom, then think again.
The streak is over and Tennessee is on the calendar for a Thursday night tilt in Nashville. A short turnaround but the potential to put together back-to-back wins for the first time since the first and second week of the NFL season.
The Jaguars had not won before Sunday since Sept. 30 against the New York Jets. How sweet this one was despite issues on offense and holes still needing to be filled on the offensive line.
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Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone was pleased with how his defense responded with a big win in front of the home crowd.
"“Defensively, they stepped up,” Marrone said in his post game comments on Sunday afternoon."
Jalen Ramsey, who was questionable until game time with a knee injury, had yet another stellar performance, stopping what could have been a scoring drive for the Colts in the closing moments and securing the victory for the home team.
For Ramsey, who has been as controversial as any player in the NFL this season, this was a big game and one that mattered to him personally.
"“A really big challenge actually, yeah,” Ramsey said."
The Jaguars continued their defensive stranglehold on the Colts for the last six quarters and registered a much-needed shutout.
Here are three things we learned from the game on Sunday.
This team missed Leonard Fournette – The running game wasn’t the same without No. 27 in the backfield. The Jaguars ran for 79 yards on 27 carries. Leonard Fournette had 95 yards alone last week and the team ran for 226 yards against the Buffalo Bills.
The game was as much a defensive slugfest for the Colts as it was Jacksonville. When Fournette gets back in the lineup on Thursday night, we might see more offensive production.
Jacksonville had only 211 yards of total offense for the entire game.
Under Pressure – The Jaguars pass rush harassed Andrew Luck most of the game and stopped the run when it mattered most. There was better communication on the back line. Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue made their presence felt against a Colts offensive line that has been one of the best in the league this season.
Per Tad Dickman of the Jaguars, Ramsey was targeted 14 times and gave up only five catches for 58 yards.
Luck was sacked three times on Sunday. The Jaguars have shown more life in their pash rush in the past few weeks.
Yeoman’s Work for Kessler – If you expected starter Cody Kessler to come in a become the next Dan Marino, you were also mistaken. Kessler did what he had to do – control the game and manager the clock.
Kessler was a modest 18 of 24 for 150 yards. He did not throw the ball downfield much and worked the underneath route and threw intermediate passes. He did suffer three sacks.
It was an efficient performance, one that got the win but did not make us forget about the issues that remain with this passing game.