The Jacksonville Jaguars have dominated the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field but they haven’t fared well when they travel to Lucas Oil Stadium. This season though, the Jags have a realistic chance to sweep their division foes. They haven’t pulled off the feat since 2017 but they’re up to a good start and are currently leading 14-3.
The Jaguars’ defense bent but didn’t break in the Colts’ first possession of the game, forcing them to punt. Once the offense got the ball, they pulled no punches, and running back Travis Etienne broke off a 48-yard run, his longest of the season. However, they stalled and even lost yardage when Trevor Lawrence got sacked on third-and-9. On the bright side, the defense once again stepped up and forced another punt.
While the Jags’ first drive wasn’t a fruitful one, they stepped on the gas pedal in their second possession and Etienne hauled in one reception for 22 yards and both James Robinson and Jamal Agnew had a run of more than ten yards. Once Jacksonville got into Indy’s red zone, they had trouble punching the ball in. It took them three attempts but Trevor Lawrence eventually got in on third down. But the best was yet to come and JaMycal Hasty had a 61-yard touchdown run.
In the first three Jaguars’ drives, Etienne had four carries for 48 yards and one reception for 22 yards. James Robinson had two carries for 16 yards and Trevor Lawrence was 4-of-5 for 40 yards. Here’s Hasty’s jaw-dropping touchdown.
The Jaguars take an early lead over the Colts in Week 6
The Jags shut out Indy back in Week 2 but as offensive coordinator Press Taylor pointed out on the days preceding the game, that contest has no bearing on this one. If Jacksonville wants to beat the Colts, they’ll need to keep feeding Etienne and Robinson. Also, Lawrence must take what the defense gives him.
Also, the defense must keep applying pressure on Matt Ryan. Although they’ve come close, defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell’s unit hasn’t registered a sack. They limited the Colts to three points in their third drive and currently have a four-point lead. However, there’s plenty of time for the Colts to come back, and the Jags must build a bigger lead if they want to end their two-game losing skid.