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Today at No. 47? Absolutely obliterating Jacoby Brissett with 10 sacks and only our second shutout of the decade.
Week 7 — October 22, 2017
The Jacksonville Jaguars traveled to play the Indianapolis Colts in hopes of reclaiming the lead in the crowded AFC South race. It was an odd-numbered week (remember that whole even-numbered/odd-numbered week thing?) so it would go well today for the Jaguars, right?
The Jaguars started the game just how they wanted — with a 12-play, 75-yard drive in which they converted four third down attempts. Chris Ivory capped off the drive with a one-yard touchdown run on third and goal. Leonard Fournette was benched for the game because of an “injury” or “rest needed” or whatever... but Ivory filled in beautifully.
And this was Josh Lambo’s first game with the team! Remember how nervous we were? He capped on an extra point and made it a 7-0 game.
After a Colts drive that ended in a punt, the Jaguars struck quickly, as Blake Bortles hit Keelan Cole on a deep pass that gained 52 yards. This set the Jaguars up in the red zone, and eventually to a five-yard touchdown pass to Marcedes Lewis. Lambo converted the extra point again, extending the Jaguars lead to 14-0.
The ensuing drive for the offense would end in points, though this time only in a field goal. Lambo made a 42 yarder, his first field goal of the year, notching the score at 17-0.
The Jaguars added on another field goal before the end of the half, this time a 33-yard kick by Josh Lambo. This extended their lead to 20-0.
With a chance to blow the game open even more, the Jaguars drove down the field against the Colts with under two minutes remaining. They made their first mistake of the day, as Bortles was strip-sacked by Henry Anderson, which was recovered by Darius Butler, who returned the fumble 32 yards.
The Colts chance to put points on the board was halted, as Yannick Ngakoue sacked Jacoby Brissett on back-to-back plays to end the half.
A dominant first half to say the least.
The second half started in the most Jaguars way, as T.J. Yeldon appeared to fumble the ball on a first down catch near midfield. It was overturned however, as Yeldon’s knee was down. The very next play, Ivory fumbled it right back to the Colts, and there was no doubt about this one, as the Colts recovered on their own 45.
Would it end up mattering? Of course not, as the defense continued to punish young quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who was sacked two times on the drive following the fumble, forcing the Colts to punt again.
As if this day couldn’t get even weirder, T.J. Yeldon broke a 58-yard touchdown on the following drive.
The blowout would stop at 27-0 however. Shame, really.
The rest of the game was a blur as the Jaguars racked up 10 sacks in a game for the second time this season.
Sacksonville is back baby. Also, Calais Campbell is already the best free agent signing in franchise history.
Why the ranking at No. 47?
Unlike yesterday, this victory didn’t guarantee a non-losing season. And Blake Bortles wasn’t nearly as good. Both things are a little more Jaguars, in my opinion.
Jacksonville beats down Sam Darnold and Doug Marrone goes for two during another blowout.