3 positive stats from the Jaguars heartbreaking loss to the Colts
2. The Jaguars limited the Colts to a measly 45 rushing yards in Week 6
One week after getting demolished by rookie sensation Dameon Pierce, the Jaguars’ run defense limited Indy to just 45 yards on the ground. Sure, the Colts were without Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines but it’s a step in the right direction when you considered that they’ve struggled to stop opposing teams from running the ball.
Back in Week 4, defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell’s unit had no answer for running back Myles Sanders who toted the rock 27 times for 134 yards. But without Taylor and Hines, Indy only managed to muster 45 rushing yards and 2.8 yards per carry. Then again, the Colts didn’t need to run the ball in one of the most efficient games of Matt Ryan’s NFL career.
Ryan completed 42 of 58 passes and moved the chains 22 times, so there wasn’t much need for the Colts to run the ball. To make matters worse, they made wide receiver Paris Cambell look like a Pro Bowler.
A second-round selection in the 2019 draft, Campbell hadn’t done much of note during his NFL career but he came big against the Jags catching seven passes for 57 yards and one touchdown. Similarly, rookie Alec Pierce had a productive outing, hauling in three receptions for 49 yards and one trip to the end zone.
On a day in which the Jags struggled to defend the pass, they did a good job of neutralizing the Colts’ running game. If they can once again get after the quarterback and create turnovers at the rate they did early in the season, their defense has the potential to be dominant.