Mark Brunell: Near-perfect Jaguars dismantle Colts

'To pitch shutout in the NFL in this modern era is near impossible'

By Mark Brunell, News4Jax Jaguars analyst
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Blake Bortles enjoyed one of the best days of his career as the Jaguars absolutely dismantled the Colts 27-0 Sunday. Aside from a couple lost fumbles, the Jags were near perfect as they head into the bye week.  

Offensively, it was a big day with a lot of uncharacteristic big numbers in both the pass and run game. Bortles threw for over 300 yards and the offensive totaled over 500 yards for the first time in since 1998. This was Bortles 13th career 300 yard passing game.

What’s impressive to me is that the Jaguars accomplished all of this with their two best players out with injuries. Brandon Linder and Leonard Fournette were both inactive and yet the offense executed as well as they’ve had all year. Not to mention, Cam Robinson left the game early with a leg injury.

This tells me we either have a lot of depth on offense or we played a very bad football team. Hate to say it, but it’s probably more the latter. But we’ll take it.

On the defensive side, we have something special. Sunday against the Colts was evidence of that.

Yes, they are really bad and their QB held on to the ball forever, but to get 10 sacks in one game is very hard to do. We’ve done it twice.

To pitch a shutout in the NFL in this modern era where everything is catered to the offense is near impossible. We truly have some excellent players on defense and I love how D.C. Todd Wash is bringing it all together. This unit continues to dominate and most likely will only get better.

As a player, it was always important to me to feel good going into the bye week. Feeling good about the direction you’re team is heading in and getting a chance to get rested up was huge. The Jaguars are going into November at the top of the division and certainly excited about what they’ve accomplished.

 Of course there are concerns about this team. There are concerns about every team, but the Jags have ex.ceeded everyone’s expectations and are in the drivers seat. November will be big.

Go Jags!

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