For the second time this season, the Colts fell to Jaguars, 30-10 . Although the Colts lost in embarrassing fashion, it was an improvement over the last game. The Colts fall to 3-9, and will officially miss the playoffs. With this loss, the Colts will finish under .500 for the first time since 2011, and for the second time since 1999. The Colts will look for some other silver lining in the remaining games this year, as a playoff berth is out of the question. At least the Colts didn’t blow a second half lead, right?
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The highlight of the day came from Frank Gore, who passed all-time greats Ladanian Tomlinson and Jerome Bettis on the all time rushing leaderboard. After today, Gore sits at _ yards, and fifth all time. Gore had a solid day, rushing for 61 yards on 13 carries. Despite Gore’s day, the Jaguars elite defense stifled the Colts’ offense. The Colts netted a measly 211 yards, and were lackluster on offense as a whole. A 40 yard T.Y. Hilton touchdown was one of the only bright spots on offense today. Marlon Mack continued his electric play, rushing for 46 yards on only six carries. The Jags sacked Jacoby Brissett four times , which is an improvement over 10 they gave up in the last meeting. Despite the Jaguars having an incredible defensive line, most of the sacks were due to Jacoby Brissett holding onto the ball for too long. Jalen Ramsey and Tashaun Gipson picked off Brissett, Ramsey’s coming in the red zone.
Quincy Wilson played in his first game since week two, after Pierre Desir was injured in the first quarter. His lowlight of the day came on a play where Keelan Cole burned him for 32 yards. Blake Rodgers (Bortles) tore up the Colts’ secondary, throwing for 309 yards and two scores with a 119.8 passer rating. Marquise Lee caught seven balls for 86 yards and a touchdown; this secondary really misses Rashaan Melvin. The Jags running game was also very good. Leonard Fournette had a solid day, totaling 57 yards and a touchdown. The Colts only sacked Blake Bortles once; this defensive line needs help. If the Colts cannot create pressure, they cannot win.
Colts Game Ball: T.Y. Hilton
T.Y. Hilton had a productive day in Jacksonville against the best secondary in the NFL. The Ghost burned the defense on a 40 yard touchdown on fourth down. Hilton caught three passes for 51 yards and a touchdown.
If Blake Bortles can keep up his excellent play, the Jaguars will be a major problem for the Colts for the years to come.
The Colts take on the 6-6 Bills in Buffalo next week in a showdown of current AFC East versus former AFC East.