With a convincing 30-10 win over the Indianapolis Colts, the Jacksonville Jaguars have all but punched their ticket into the playoffs. The offense rebounded significantly against a defense that has struggled most of the season, while the defense continued its consistent success. Just the result we needed heading into the final weeks of the season.
Who stood out in this impressive win over the Colts?
1. Blake Bortles
What a turnaround. A guy who looked like he shouldn’t even be in the league last week, he bounced back with a 309-yard game, including two touchdowns and zero interceptions. These are the kind of numbers you need out of a guy if you want to push for a long playoff run. He made some extremely accurate throws when it mattered, including a beautiful back corner touchdown pass to Keelan Cole. No matter what your thoughts are on Bortles, he was one of the main reasons this game went as well as it did.
2. Marqise Lee
After having a tough matchup last week shadowed by Patrick Peterson, Lee also bounced back in a big way. His 7 catches on 10 targets for 86 yards and a touchdown led the team against the Colts. Averaging 9 targets over his last four games coming into this week, he is obviously Bortles’ favorite target. Not to mention, he made the craziest one-handed catch.
Being Bortles’ safety blanket is an important job in this offense, and he once again produced in a big way.
3. Calais Campbell
Take a bow big fella. Campbell has made Jaguars history, with a sack first quarter giving him 12.5 total sacks. This is the most in Jacksonville Jaguars regular-season history. He didn’t stop there though, adding 4 tackles, 3 and quarterback hits. The constant pressure put on Jacoby Brissett made the young quarterback look uncomfortable all game.
One of the best defensive-ends in the game continues to do what elite players do: Produce.
4. Jalen Ramsey
You can argue he is the best cornerback in football. Seriously, you can. He came up big again with an interception at a time when the Colts were driving. If the Colts were to have scored, it would have made the game 16-10, and would have felt like a completely different game. The interception allowed the game to go to halftime, and then a touchdown shortly after. This one play shifted the entire course of the game, as the second-year cornerback continues to establish himself amongst the elite in the league.
5. Tashaun Gipson
If the Colts had any hopes of getting back into the game, Tashaun Gipson ended it. With an interception in the fourth quarter, Gipson took whatever life the Colts had left in them out of it. Along with the interception, Gipson had four tackles, and the safety didn’t allow anything behind him. Up until that interception, besides a blown coverage touchdown to T.Y. Hilton, the Jaguars did not allow a pass over 10 yards. This kind of performance you need to have in games you should be winning.