JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - For the second time this year, the Jaguars dominated the Colts, beating Indianapolis 30-10 Sunday at EverBank Field. With the win, the Jaguars clinched their first eight-win season since 2010 and they remained in a first-place tie with the Titans in the AFC South. Here is how the Jaguars answered my four biggest questions going into the game:
Can they find success in the running game again?
Last week against Arizona, the Jaguars ran for a season-low 91 yards in the loss to the Cardinals. Sunday, the Jaguars finished with 96 yards. Injuries on the offensive line to Brandon Linder and Cam Robinson forced Tyler Shatley and Josh Walker to fill in for a time. But it was the passing game that was far more effective for the second time this year against the Indianapolis defense.
Can they get the same kind of pressure on Jacoby Brissett?
In the Jaguars Oct. 22 shutout of the Colts, the Jaguars sacked the Colts quarterback 10 times, tying a season high. It was clear that the Colts game-planned for it, calling on Brissett to throw quickly -- and short. The Jaguars finished with four sacks, including one by Calais Campbell, who set a new franchise record with 12.5 sacks on the season.
Will the receivers catch the ball?
Yes. Marqise Lee made a handful of tough catches including a touchdown. Marcedes Lewis made an acrobatic catch on a two-point conversion and Keelan Cole held on to a deep, over-the-shoulder pass down the sideline from Bortles.
Can they elevate their play in the first meaningful December game in seven years?
It wasn’t exactly the most challenging opposition, but the Jaguars did what good teams should do in December against a team with a losing record: win. The Jaguars avoided a second straight loss; they have not had a two-game losing streak so far this year.
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