The Jacksonville Jaguars
beat dominated destroyed the Indianapolis Colts in a 51-16 win.
It was the largest margin of victory for head coach Gus Bradley in his nearly three years as head coach. Hell, it was the largest margin of victory I can remember. And it came after two of the most disappointing losses in recent history. With the Colts keeping an injured Andrew Luck out and scheduling his return to (coincidentally!) line up with the week after they played the Jaguars.
Well, how do you like them apples, Indianapolis?
After a lackluster first half by both teams, the Jaguars came out like a completely different team and won convincingly. And that's not something you can say very often about Jacksonville.
So, what did we learn today?
1. Blake Bortles is the real deal
It's not a question. It wasn't earlier this year, but after the last couple of weeks, it's painfully obvious to the rest of the AFC South that they'll have to play one of the best quarterbacks in football twice a year for the next decade. He threw his 30th touchdown of the season today and he's statistically near the top of the league in a lot of categories.
2. Allen Robinson is too
I have no words. I have only this route on a touchdown catch. *faints*
Blake Bortles to Allen Robinson -- just another day at the office. JAGUARS - 30, COLTS - 16 https://t.co/E5YG9OlFCw— Big Cat Country (@BigCatCountry) December 13, 2015
3. Jordan Tripp played outstanding
From just a live look, I can't think of any mistakes Tripp made. It'll be interesting to see on a second look how he did, but I think the second-year linebacker was remarkable in Paul Posluszny's absence.
4. 50 burger? 50 burger!
Gus Bradley did anything but sit on the lead. In front of a home crowd that is frustrated with him as a head coach, he stepped on the Colts' throats. He wanted the 5-0 as much as EverBank Field. And when the crowd chanted "WE WANT FIF-TY!" on a 4th-and-goal that they could have just kicked a field goal for, he let Bortles quick snap it and dive over the pile.
Drink it in, Gus. I don't know what the hell you said at halftime, but you got this team back on track.