The Jaguars struggled to convert 3rd downs against the Colts.
Third-down efficiency has been an area of weakness for the Jags’ offense throughout 2021 and things didn’t get better in Week 10, going 5-of-15 on third downs. Heading into Week 11, they’re in the cellar of the NFL with a 30.3 success rate.
Late in the third quarter, the Jags’ offense got a bit of momentum and completed four third-down attempts. However, it was a case of too little too late. Also, Jacksonville went three-and-out a staggering seven times. This is frustrating because the defense helped them dig their way out of a 17-point deficit and gave them several chances to come back in the second half.
Down 20-17 in the fourth quarter, the Jaguars got the ball two more times. They went three-and-out in their first chance to put the game away and promptly allowed a field goal, giving the Colts a 23-17 lead. The Jaguars then got one last opportunity to win the game. A field goal wasn’t going to be enough though, they needed to score a touchdown. Ultimately, Indy forced a fumble and recovered the ball, putting an end to Jacksonville’s comeback attempt.
Again, Trevor Lawrence was the one that lost the fumble but the loss isn’t on him. The Jaguars failed to give him optimal protection throughout the game, and his wide receivers failed to create separation. The Colts’ defense needs to get credit for keeping Jacksonville’s offense in check, just like the Jaguars’ offensive players deserve some heat for underperforming against their divisional foe.