No. 2 Jaguars player who had a huge role in the win vs. the Colts: Dawuane Smoot, DE
You could make the case that there were other players with a bigger impact than defensive end Dawuane Smoot, and you would be right. K'Lavon Chaisson and Travon Walker both had sacks and Angelo Blackson recovered a fumble. That said, Smoot's return to the football field is nothing to scoff at.
Smoot last played in Week 16 of the 2022. He suffered an Achilles tear in that game and spent the offseason recovering. He became a free agent in March, and it's fair to assume that if he had been healthy, he would have had a bigger market for his services. Instead, he re-signed with the Jags.
The former Illinois Fighting Illini started the season on Injured Reserve but showed no setbacks during his rehab. Even though he only logged two tackles, one of them was for a loss and it came on a crucial third down early in the game.
No. 1 Jaguars player who had a huge role in the win vs. the Colts: Josh Allen, OLB
Outside linebacker Josh Allen is arguably the Jaguars' best defensive player. Safety Andre Cisco and cornerback Tyson Campbell certainly have a strong case but so does Allen, who leads the team with seven sacks. In Week 6, he strip-sacked Gardner Minshew, and defensive end Angelo Blackson proceeded to scoop the ball.
Following the game, Trevor Lawrence talked about what Allen means to the team:
"He's a huge part of the team. He springs a lot of energy," Lawrence said. "He has that intensity, that look in his eyes every day, whether it's practice Sunday, whenever. He brings a lot of energy to our team in the defense and he's playing great right now. You need guys like that."
Allen already has as many sacks as he had last year and he's done it without much help.