Jaguars Insider: Passing game provides needed boost in rout of Colts
- Author: Stacy Allen Oct 24, 2017,
Oct 24, 2017, 0:27
It's true, though. Sunday's 27-0 shutout of the Indianapolis Colts - the team's first since beating the New York Jets 41-0 in Week 5 in 2006 - leaves the Jaguars in first place along with Tennessee at 4-3.
Until Sunday, Bortles' most productive game this season was 244 passing yards in a Week 3 victory against Baltimore in London. It's the first time the Jaguars have been above.500 through seven games since 2007, which was the last time the Jaguars made the playoffs. "The O-line just got to play better". What if we put them back there to take those hits?
This was the flawless time to unleash Bortles and the receivers for two reasons: The Jaguars had to prepare a contingency game plan because of Fournette's injury and it included more downfield throws. We've got to start up front.
Josh Lambo's 42-yard field goal with 7:38 remaining in the second quarter gave Jacksonville a 17-0 advantage after a 12-play, 67-yard drive.
You had to feel a little bit of sympathy for Colts QB Jacoby Brissett, the victim of a franchise-record-tying 10 sacks by the Jaguars, mostly because he couldn't find anybody open against the Jaguars' tight secondary coverage. "When you do it again, (teams) are going to look at it and say, 'Let's see if you can do it against us.' When you do it again, (teams) will say, 'It's not going to be against us.' You have to prove it each week".
One thing is clear: the Colts will not win with Pagano at the helm.
Tailback T.J. Yeldon needed it to show the coaches he should be considered for action even when Leonard Fournette returns from his ankle injury. Even the past six weeks, I think it was something we knew we kind of had and (would be) able to do when the time came. Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue led the Jaguars with 2.5 sacks, and defensive end Calais Campbell registered two sacks and now has a career-high nine this season. He questioned offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski's play calling after the Colts' Week 15 loss to Houston during the 2015 season. When considering Cam Robinson left the game early with an ankle injury, it's easy to understand why the Jags limited him as a pass catcher. The Jaguars entered the game ranked eighth in scoring at 26.0 points a game.