It wasn’t supposed to be a close game – and it wasn’t. In a game dominated by the Indianapolis Colts defense, the Jacksonville Jaguars fell and fell hard, 37-3 to the Colts. After holding a 3-0 lead through the 1st quarter, the Colts outscored the Jags 38-0 over the final 3 quarters. Andrew Luck threw for 260 yards and 2 TDs. Trent Richardson scored his 2nd TD in as many weeks. Even the defense got into the act as Darius Butler picked off a Blaine Gabbert pass and ran it back for a score. The Colts out-gained the Jags 437 yards to 205. Junk yardage by the Jags late in the game doesn’t do the true disparity justice. The final score of the game doesn’t shock me. I am a bit surprised by the utter dominance of the Colts defense. The Colts held the Jags to just 40 yards on the ground on 18 carries. They held Maurice Jones-Drew to only 23 yards on 13 carries. They held Gabbert to 179 passing yards while picking him off 3 times. The defense sacked Gabbert 4 times including 3 by Robert Mathis. Yes fans, it was a good day.
On offense, Andrew Luck wasn’t sharp early. He missed some easy throws and had a pass picked off – not sure if this was on him or receiver T.Y. Hilton who seemed to break off a route short. By the end of the day, his numbers were good. He completed 22 of 36 (67%) for 260 yards and 2 TDs. Reggie Wayne was one of 3 receivers catching 5 passes. Wayne collected 100 yards in total on those 5 receptions. The Colts were able to give Trent Richardson a good amount of carries. While his average was low (3.0), he was a work horse at a time when it was needed. Richardson’s 20 carries netted 60 yards. Donald Brown only carried the ball 3 times, but a 50 yard carry dominated his stat line as he ended the day with 65 yards. Overall, the Colts ran the ball 29 times for 154 yards. This won’t hurt their standing atop NFL rushing offenses.
The defense didn’t let down and the offense did enough. I’m happy to end up with a 2-0 road trip – a trip that saw us outscore our opponents 64-10!