The Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the Indianapolis Colts 27-20. In a tight hard battle, the Jaguars found a way to win the game. As the game seemed to unfold in the first quarter, it appeared that Jacksonville would be blown out of the stadium.
Phillip Rivers led the Colts down the field like they were playing against air. The Jaguars offense tied the game at 7-7 after a Gardner Minshew pass to D.J. Chark. Indianapolis scored to reclaim the lead at 14-7.
Minshew hit rookie wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. for the tying touchdown. Indianapolis kicked a field goal to go into halftime ahead 17-14. The third quarter ended tied after Josh Lambo kicked a 48-yard field goal.
The fourth quarter had plenty of fireworks. The Colts kicked another field goal to lead 20-17. After that, the Jaguars took control of the game. Minshew magic was alive and well throughout the game.
Minshew connected with Keelan Cole for the go-ahead touchdown 24-20. Lambo kicked another field goal to stretch the lead to 27-20. The Defense snuffed out the final Colts drive to clinch the game.
The Jaguars earned an “A” for the victory. However, some areas need improvement. Overall, the Jacksonville defense improved throughout the game. They clamped down after their shaky start. The Defense has to do a better job at defending the screen game.
Offensively, Minshew spread the ball around to ten different receivers. Hopefully, the Jaguars will develop more deep vertical passing routes. Those deep routes will develop as the Jaguars running game gets rolling.
Statistically, the Colts put up bigger overall numbers except on the scoreboard. Catch Andre Moultry’s recap on YouTube and the JJC podcast. On to Tennessee
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