Jacksonville Sports Day

LOOKING BACK: Jaguars Celebrate Trouncing of Hapless Colts on the Road with Open Date

The Jaguars have an open date Sunday after shutting out the Indianapolis Colts, 27-0, to improve to 4-3 on the season entering the bye week. The win gives Jacksonville momentum and rest before hosting Cincinnati on Nov. 5.

The Jaguars defense had an impressive day against the Colts, holding Indianapolis to just 136 net passing yards and 96 net rushing yards, 232 total net yards. On third down, the Colts’ offensive finished 5 of 15 and Indianapolis was 0 for 3 on fourth down.

The Colts did manage to get into the red zone on one occasion, but QB Jacoby Brissett was stopped short on fourth down.

Against the Colts, the Jaguars totaled 10 sacks, tying the team’s single game franchise record previously set this season at Houston.

For the Jaguars, seven different players contributed to the sack total, including Yannick Ngakoue, Calais Campbell, Dante Fowler Jr., Malik Jackson, Myles Jack, Sheldon Day and Eli Ankou. The Jaguars now have 33 sacks on the season, the most in the NFL and the most through seven games in Jaguars history.

Cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye continued their strong play at Indy.

Ramsey finished the game with four tackles, as well as two passes defensed, and now has 11 passes defensed for the season. Bouye finished the game with five tackles, as well as two passes defensed, and has registered at least one pass defensed in every game this season.

The Jaguars entered the game ranked second in the NFL in passes defensed with 35 passes defensed, and registered seven on the afternoon to increase their season total to 42.

QB Blake Bortles completed 18 of 26 passes for 330 yards and one touchdown with no picks.

Bortles finished the game averaging 12.7 yards per pass attempt, the highest mark of his career and the highest mark in franchise history among players with at least three pass attempts. After allowing just one sack, the Jaguars offense has allowed two-or-fewer sacks in nine of the last 10 games.

Chris Ivory took over as the starting running back with rookie Leonard Fournette inactive with an ankle injury and rushed 17 times for 47 yards and one TD.

The Jaguars scored on their opening possession for the sixth time in seven games after Ivory’s one-yard TD run. The opening drive TD marked the third time in the last four games that the Jaguars scored a TD on their first offensive possession.  On their second offensive possession, Bortles found tight end Marcedes Lewis for a five-yard TD pass.

Wide receiver Allen Hurns led the team with five receptions for a game-high 101 yards, including a long reception of 50 yards.

Kicker Josh Lambo, who was just signed to the active roster, made his Jaguars debut at Indianapolis and converted all five of his kicks, including 2 of 2 on field goals and 3 of 3 on points after a touchdown. Lambo’s nine points against the Colts were the most by a Jaguars kicker in their debut with Jacksonville.

The Jaguars finished with 518 total net yards, including 188 total net rushing yards and 330 total net passing yards. The Jaguars’ 518 total net yards were their most since posting 519 total net yards in 1998.

The Jaguars are 3-1 on the road this season, including 2-0 against divisional opponents.

The Jaguars return to action after their open week at home at EverBank Field on Nov. 5 in the team’s Homecoming Game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The team will be utilizing the #ForeverTeal hashtag in the lead up to the game, as they will sport teal jerseys for the first time since 2013 and likely wear teal jerseys with black pants for the first time since 2006.

The Jaguars have won by 20-plus points in all four of their victories this season, and had posted just three victories of 20-plus points over the past seven seasons entering 2017.

 

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