JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Five quick takeaways from the Jaguars 51-16 win over the Colts:
Good Blake vs. bad Blake:
To put it simply, Blake Bortles wasn’t very good in the first half against the Colts. He missed several throws and finished the first 30 minutes 7-of-17 for 104 yards. That doesn’t even include the two fumbles. But you have to give him credit for having a short term memory. On the Jaguars first play from scrimmage of the second half he hit Allen Hurns, on a ball that could’ve and possibly should’ve been intercepted, for an 80-yard touchdown.
Bortles finished the day with 250 yards, three touchdowns and most importantly, zero interceptions. By the way….Bortles now has 30 touchdown passes on the season. He’s the fourth quarterback in NFL history to reach that mark at age 23 or younger.
Defense responds in a big way:
After giving up 72 points the past two weeks the Jaguars defense responded in a big way against the Colts. With Indianapolis leading 13-3 and all the momentum in their favor, Andre Branch came up with the play of the game. He not only stripped Matt Hasselbeck of the ball, but he made the recovery and returned the fumble for a 49-yard touchdown.
The Jaguars missed 16 tackles in last week’s loss to Tennessee. That issue was cleaned up against the Colts. They also found a way to get to the quarterback. Branch had two sacks and the Jaguars finished with three as a team.
Running to Greener pastures:
The move to put Rashad Greene on the short term IR has paid off in a big way for the Jaguars. His punt return against the Titans in week 11 led to the game winning score. Against the Colts he found a seam and sprinted 73-yards to the end-zone. It was the longest punt return by a Jaguars player since Mike Thomas (78-yd touchdown) in 2010.
The Jason Myers experiment:
Gus Bradley has said all the right things regarding rookie kicker Jason Myers. After missing his seventh extra point attempt of the season, the issue has to be mental with Myers. It’s hard to coach when you’re not confident that your kicker can make an extra point. Myers finished the day 6-of-7 on extra points.
It didn’t end up costing them but for the second week in a row the Jaguars have an issue on the shotgun snap from Stefan Wisniewski to Blake Bortles. Both mishaps ended in touchdowns for the opponent. With two minutes left in the first half the snap went through Bortles hands and Robert Mathis recovered for an easy touchdown. While the play against Tennessee was clearly on Wisniewski, this error will likely fall on Bortles.