The Jaguars’ defense did its part against the Colts, still can do better.
Although the Colts scored 23 points in Week 10, the Jaguars defense only gave up one touchdown. The other was was the result of a blocked punt by their special teams unit. More often than not, they pressured quarterback Carson Wentz and kept Indy’s offense in check. Although the Jags’ had a hard time containing running back Jonathan Taylor early in the game, they managed to slow him down in the second half.
For the second consecutive week, Jacksonville’s defense played at a high level and Indianapolis finished the game with just 295 yards and a third-down efficiency of 26.6 percent.
In spite of the stops the Jaguars’ defense forced and all the times it gave the ball back to the offense, they aren’t pointing any fingers. Instead, they’re focused on the things they need to work on. For example, cornerback Shaquill Griffin almost came with an interception early in the game but couldn’t hold onto it.
The 2019 Pro Bowl nod talked to the media after the game and said the outcome of the game would have changed had he come down with the interception.
"I’m very, very, very hard, especially on myself. You talked about a play [the interception he dropped], and I could have got my hands on it and went for six. I get that ball in my hands and I score, it’s a different game. So I got to do better. Put that on me."
Griffin later said he will push himself harder and added that he’s pleased with the progress the defense has made since the season opener. Moreover, he remains confident the Jaguars will eventually turn things around, “and the thing is, the reason why I’m so excited to get this thing turned around is because we can only go up”.
The veteran cornerback will have another chance to record his first interception of the season in Week 11, when the Jaguars hosts the San Francisco 49ers. For the time being, it’s fair to say Griffin has become the glue that holds the team together. Looking back, there’s a reason his teammates named him team captain before the start of the season. If the Jaguars right the ship, he will have played a big role.