The Jacksonville Jaguars couldn’t must anything positive on either side of the ball in a 33-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
The Jaguars went to Indianapolis to make a statement. Unfortunately, the Colts made a huge statement about how their opponent wasn’t ready to play on Sunday.
The Jaguars played one of “THOSE” games. The kind of game in which no one plays very well. The kind of game that frustrates fans, coaches, writers, management, etc. This was the game the Jaguars had their franchise quarterback return, the team was healthy, and the team was rested. The coaches had time to put together a great game plan, and there was still hope for playoffs.
In other words, throw away the game film – these players are playing for pride now. Jacksonville fell to 4-6 with a 33-13 loss on the road.
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The Jaguars had high hopes for a possible playoff spot but at 4-6 it’s not likely. The loss to the Colts puts them further out of the postseason race though they are not mathematically eliminated. The team just couldn’t stop the Colt stampede and by that, I mean the running game. The Colts gained 264 yards on the ground against the run defense while the Jaguars gained 29. The Colts had 36 carries and the Jaguars had nine.
Running backs broke numerous tackles and had two running backs gain over 100 yards for the third time in franchise history. The Jaguars gave up 7.3 yards per rush during the game while only managing 3.2 yards per rush.
Nick Foles looked rusty. He underthrew receivers all day and seemed confused by the coverage. However, it would be foolish to solely blame the veteran for the loss because there was plenty of it to go around. His stats look decent, going 33 of 47 for 296 yards and two touchdowns. His quarterback rating was very good at 92.1. One of the touchdowns was was at the end of the game, which made no real difference in the outcome.
The defense had a few good moments. They had three sacks by D.J. Hayden, Yannick Ngakoue, and Josh Allen. Myles Jack had nine tackles. Taven Bryan continued to show growth with two tackles for losses. The inability to stop the running game was a killer. Penalties also remain an issue. Jacksonville had eight penalties for 81 yards while the Colts had 3 penalties for 20 yards.
The bottom line is we didn’t score touchdowns when we needed them. We didn’t attempt to get the running game going. We didn’t stop their running game. We let a quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who has been dealing with an injury himself, play just well enough to win.
The team’s season is essentially over. They have lost four of the last six games. This team has beaten teams with less talented rosters, but have not been able to get victories when they have been needed most. The rest of the season should be about evaluating talent. Who hustles? Who doesn’t?
This is a team still full of talent, one that could a playoff run in the future. For now, there is still work to be done, but this is still my team.