The Indianapolis Colts kicked a field goal after draining 10 minutes off the clock on their opening drive. The Jacksonville Jaguars struck back with a touchdown by Travis Etienne. They were just getting started though. The defense forced a turnover, the Jags got the ball back and Etienne proceeded to score again, giving Jacksonville a 14-3 lead.
The Colts drove 65 yards downfield before the Jaguars' defense woke up and held them to a field goal. The offense then got the ball back and went on to score. Indianapolis had a chance to answer but outside linebacker Josh Allen was having none of it and forced Gardner Minshew to fumble. Defensive end Angelo Blackson recovered and the offense got the ball back.
Knowing that giving the ball to Etienne, the Jags didn't deviate from the formula and keep feeding him. The strategy paid off and he broke off a 22-yard run for a touchdown.
Etienne had five carries for 24 yards on the Jags' first possession. Trevor Lawrence, for his part, went 4-of-5 for 34 yards. The defense has also done their part. Although they let the Colts move the ball on their first offensive drive, they have since then held their own.
As of this writing, Minshew is 9-of-13 for 56. His 4.3-yard-per-attempt average shows the Colts are not stretching the field and are instead focused on short gain. Etienne has six carries for 44 yards. Here's Etienne's first touchdown run:
The Jacksonville Jaguars have a chance to come sweep the Indianapolis Colts
The Colts haven't been able to win in EverBank Stadium since 2014 and based on the early results of the game, that won't change this season. The Jaguars offense has held Gardner Minshew and the running game in check while the offense has had no trouble moving the ball.
That said, the Jags can't afford take the Colts lightly. There's still more than a half left of football and one or two plays could swing momentum in Indy's favor.
A win for the Jaguars would be huge. The Tennessee Titans already lost to the Baltimore Ravens earlier today and beating the Colts would widen their lead in the AFC South.