Jaguars Lose Close in Indianapolis

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Jaguars Lose Close in Indianapolis

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Jaguars Lose Close in Indianapolis

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The Jaguars staged a dramatic comeback against the Colts, coming within three points of a tie ballgame, but ultimately could not finish the job. They fell short, losing 23-17 in Indianapolis.

This was a game that masqueraded as a defensive battle, but in reality, was more a contest of struggling passing offenses. Both teams scored on the ground but the difference ended up coming down to the Colts forcing more turnovers and having more success from their kicking team.

The Jaguars went down quickly, first ceding a field goal to Michael Badgley then giving up points on a blocked punt for a touchdown. A Jonathon Taylor rushing touchdown extended the lead to 17-0.

The first bit of offense the Jags got was a 66-yard run by Jamal Agnew to put them on the board before the end of the first quarter. Agnew has emerged as a legitimate threat as an athletic gadget player in this offense.

Both offenses somewhat stagnated in the second and third quarters, with the teams trading field goals in the second providing the only offense over that stretch. Matthew Wright kicked a 56-yard field goal on the Jaguars’ last possession of the first half but missed on a 51-yarder on their first possession in the second half.

The closest the Jags would come would be 20-17 when their 10-play 65-yard drive ended in a goal-line rush by James Robinson. After the score, they would convert the two-point attempt on a shovel pass to Dan Arnold.

The Colts would hit a third and final field goal and then force a Trevor Lawrence fumble on the last Jacksonville drive, allowing them to assume victory formation.

The Jags never got Trevor Lawrence going on offense. He finished the day 16/35 for 162 yards passing, no touchdowns, and no interceptions. He was sacked three times but did add 33 yards on the ground on five carries.

Jamal Agnew led the Jacksonville rushers with 79 yards and one touchdown on three carries. James Robinson returned to action and posted 12 carries for 57 yards and one touchdown.

Dan Arnold led the Jaguars’ receivers with five catches for 67 yards. No other Jaguar receiver had yardage north of 40. 

For the Colts, Carson Wentz went 22/34 passing for 180 yards, Jonathan Taylor rushed for 116 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries, and Michael Pittman Jr. led their receivers with five catches for 71 yards.

The Jaguars fall to 2-7 on the year while the Colts improved their record to 5-5. The Jaguars will look to bounce back in week 11 when they play host to the San Francisco 49ers who will be on a short week.

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