The Jacksonville Jaguars are beating the Indianapolis Colts 21-3 after wide receiver Christian Kirk reached the end zone before halftime. However, they could be without cornerback Tyson Campbell and offensive guard Brandon Scherff for the remainder of the game.
Campbell, a second-round pick in 2021, hurt his knee during punt coverage. He was getting his knee checked out on the sidelines. He then had his hamstring looked at and eventually went into the locker room. His return is questionable. Sophomore Montaric Brown will take his place in the lineup.
Near the end of the first half, offensive guard Brandon Scherff also got hurt. He left and was listed as questionable to return with an ankle injury.
The Jags' defense has mostly kept the Colts in check. After giving up 65 yards in the opening drive, they held them to just three points. Jonathan Taylor and Zack Moss have a combined 17 yards while Gardner Minshew is averaging less than 6 yards per throw. On top of that, they've registered two turnovers.
First, outside linebacker Josh Allen forced a fumble that defensive end Angelo Blackson recovered. Later in the second quarter, safety Andre Cisco picked Gardner Minshew.
That said, Indy could take a few downfield shots and test Jacksonville's secondary in light of Campbell's injury.
The Jaguars are in control of the game, need to widen their lead
The Jaguars' offense for their part, has had no trouble moving the ball. Travis Etienne has gotten a heavy workload and made the most of it. Similarly, Trevor Lawrence has been accurate when he's thrown.
Right now, the Jaguars have a strong grip of the game. Now, they need to make sure the Colts don't come back. Their defense needs to keep pressuring the Colts and the offense must score a couple times.
The Jaguars are heading into halftime with a favorable lead. If they play in the second half like they did in the first, they should come out with their fourth win (and third straight) of the year, even if Tyson Campbell and Brandon Scherff don't return.