Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence connection with Calvin Ridley at full display in TD drive

• Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence is showcasing his connection with Calvin Ridley, who catches his first TD as a Jaguar.
Aug 26, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16).
Aug 26, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16). / Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports

Wide receiver Calvin Ridley was the biggest addition to the Jacksonville Jaguars offense this season. Right off the bat, he's showcasing his impact against the Indianapolis Colts in the season opener by catching his first touchdown pass with the Jags. Indy then proceeded to score and the game is now tied 7-7.

Although the Jags couldn't get much going on their first drive and went three-and-out, they displayed their ability to move the ball in their second possession. A nine-play drive for 61 yards ended on a touchdown pass from Trevor Lawrence to Calvin Ridley.

During the same drive, Ridley also reeled in a 25-yard reception, and as of this writing, he's got four catches for 41 yards. On the other hand, Lawrence has had an accurate outing, going 6-of-8 for 56 yards with the aforementioned touchdown. During the touchdown drive, Steezy Trev also had a rush to convert on a key third down that got the Jags to Colts territory.

Although the Jaguars placed an emphasis on running the ball in the preseason, Travis Etienne has only gotten two rushes for eight yards. Maybe things will change but it looked like Jacksonville had trouble moving the ball on the ground.

The Jaguars defense must contain the Colts offense

The biggest threat to the Jaguars is Colts quarterback Anthony Richardson's ability to scramble and improvise. As long as they can contain him and force him to beat them with his arm, they'll have a good chance of coming out of Indianapolis with a W.

On the first Colts' drives, the Jags did a good job of stymying their offense, forcing them to go three-and-out on both instances and limiting to nine yards. However, Jacksonville didn't have as much success on Indy's third offensive possession, giving up 75 yards and a touchdown on 11 plays.

In the end, there's still ample time for the Jaguars to get ahead on the scoreboard. They just need to keep doing what they did on their first two drives.

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