3 observations from the Jaguars shutdown win over the Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson at TIAA Bank Field. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson at TIAA Bank Field. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union] /
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It’s a good thing Chicken Little didn’t see the Jacksonville Jaguars lose to the Washington Commanders in the season opener. Otherwise, he would have run around saying the sky is falling, which the Jags proved to be false in their dominant 24-0 win over the Indianapolis Colts in Week 2.

While it’s too early in the season to crown the Jags, Doug Pederson’s team showed significant improvement on both sides of the ball against the Colts. It helped that Indy was without linebacker Shaquill Leonard and wide receivers Alec Pierce and Michael Pittman Jr. However, injuries are an inherent part of the game and you need to prepare for them. That’s why you don’t see the Colts not making excuses about not having a full deck.

All things considered, this was a solid win by the Jaguars, and with that in mind, here are three takeaways from the game.

3. The Jaguars played disciplined football (3 penalties) vs. the Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) and Brandon Scherff (68), Evan Engram (17) at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Jaguars blanked the Indianapolis Colts 24-0. [Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union] /

There were several reasons the Jags lost to the Commanders in Week 1. One that stood out was their staggering 13 penalties. You can’t simply shoot yourself in the foot so many times and expect to win many games. What’s the point of stopping a team twice only to hand them a fresh set of downs for roughing the passer?

Against the Colts, Jacksonville played a more disciplined brand of football, one that helped them score 24 points unanswered points. They were flagged just three times, which is a great step in the right direction. It will be interesting to see if they can keep the penalty count low against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 3.