After struggling to move the ball for most of the game, the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offense woke up in the fourth quarter. However, they weren’t able to seal the deal against the Colts and lost their seventh game of the season.
After going 1-8 in third-downs early in the game, the Jaguars marched 65 yards on ten plays. Running back James Robinson capped the drive with a one-yard touchdown run. The Jags didn’t waste time and instead of attempting the extra point, they went for two. The Colts didn’t seem prepared and called a timeout. It didn’t matter and quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw a shovel pass to tight end Dan Arnold, who led the team with five catches for 67 yards.
After the touchdown drive, it looked like the offense was going to give a chance to come back from behind. But that ended not being the case, as they punted the ball in their next possession and quarterback Trevor Lawrence fumbled the ball in their last drive of the game. The former Clemson Tiger was off-target throughout the game, completing 16-of-35 passes for 162 yards. On the bright side, he didn’t throw an interception for the second straight game.
Robinson was listed as questionable and was a game-time decision. Ultimately, he did suit up and made a few plays in his return to action after missing last week’s game with an ankle injury. He toted the rock 12 times for 57 yards and reached the end zone once. On the days before the game, head coach Urban told the local media Robinson and veteran Carlos Hyde would split the workload. Although Hyde only got two carries, Laviska Shenault Jr. and Jamal Agnew got a handful of carries. In fact, Agnew broke off a 66-yard touchdown run. Here’s it is in case you missed it.
The Jaguars’ defense has stepped up in back-to-back weeks.
You have to give the Jaguars’ defense for keeping them in the game. Even though the game had the potential to become a blowout, the unit kept the Colts’ offense in check for most of the game. The Jags prevented Colts quarterback Carson Wentz from getting into a rhythm, going 22-of-24 for 180 yards. Also, they did a better job of containing running back Jonathan Taylor in the second half, limiting him to 23 yards on 11 carries after allowing him to rack up 93 yards in his first ten carries of the game.
Cornerback Shaquill Griffin came close to snagging an interception but the defense wasn’t able to force a turnover. Nevertheless, the weight of the loss isn’t on defensive coordinator Joe Cullen’s group, as they gave the Jags’ offense several chances to tie the game but came empty-handed.
The Jaguars haven’t been able to win back-to-back games in 2021. Although they have shown progress this season, they need to show more consistency. Had the offense been a bit better against the Colts, we would be talking about the Jags pulling off a comeback. Instead, talk about their inability to score points will take center stage in the next few days.