Jags Win in Week 18 Eliminates Colts From Playoffs

James Gilbert

Jags Win in Week 18 Eliminates Colts From Playoffs

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Jags Win in Week 18 Eliminates Colts From Playoffs

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The Jacksonville Jaguars pushed their season win total to three with a 26-11, week 18 stomping of the Indianapolis Colts, a team who hasn’t won in Jacksonville since 2014. This was a game that the Colts absolutely had to win to secure their fate in this year’s playoffs, yet it was the Jaguars who came out today hungry for victory. A superb defensive effort combined with rare offensive efficiency got it done today for Duval.

The Jaguars struck in the first quarter, ending a 12-play, 75-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Lawrence to Laquon Treadwell. Treadwell has emerged in the second half of the season as one of the most reliable weapons available to Lawrence.

After giving up a field goal in the second quarter, the Jaguars would go on a 19-0 run from the second quarter until garbage time in the fourth. Before the Colts scored their lone touchdown of the game, a 12-yard pass from Carson Wentz to Michael Pittman Jr., the Jaguars held a 26-3 lead.

The team still had trouble scoring touchdowns and settled for field goals on three drives, giving Matthew Wright a solid workout. Perhaps the most exciting play on offense came in the third quarter when a high snap nearly went over Lawrence’s head. The rookie quarterback exhibited poise and precision, handling the high snap, flushing out of the pocket, and delivering a dart to the back of the end zone where he found Marvin Jones Jr. 

The real heroes of the day played on the defensive side of the ball for the Jags. This team forced two turnovers, recovering a fumble and securing an interception. They were in the backfield all afternoon, sacking Wentz six times but hitting him 10 times. The Colts only secured first down yardage 13 times on the day compared to 19 for the Jaguars. The Jags forced the Colts to go 4/12 on third down and 2/5 on fourth down.

The fans may have been attired in clown outfits but the team certainly wasn’t goofing around. This is the kind of performance that should give fans some confidence in the direction of the franchise, though the future at head coach and general manager are still up in the air.

Lawrence went 23/32 passing for 223 yards and two touchdowns. He added 10 carries on the ground for 17 yards. The main rushing responsibilities were split between Ryquell Armstead and Dare Ogunbowale. Armstead carried the ball nine times for 52 yards while Ogunbowale had 11 carries for 30 yards. Ogunbowale had three catches for 25 yards compared to two for 10 for Armstead.

Marvin Jones Jr. paced the Jacksonville receivers with seven catches for 88 yards and the one score. Laviska Shenault Jr. had five catches for 62 yards while Laquon Treadwell had three catches for 24 yards.

With the win today, Jacksonville officially tripled their win total from the 2020-21 season. This team moves into the 2022 offseason with a lot of question marks but ends the 2021-22 season on a solid high note.

 

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