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1) The Jaguars’ defense showed signs of life early in the contest, holding the Colts’ explosive offense to several three-and-outs with first-year defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. providing pressure from the edge, recording a QB hit that resulted in fellow edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue’s first career interception. Quarterback pressure was a theme all morning long for the Jaguars’ front seven, who logged a collective 6.0 sacks. With Colts QB Andrew Luck constantly finding himself under pressure, the Jaguars defense was able to force a number of poor throws and incompletions on key downs. Ngakoue’s stat line through three games includes 3.0 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 1 interception, while Fowler owns 2.0 sacks and 2 pass deflections (both of which were intercepted by other players).
2) The Jaguars’ tight end depth went from excessive (four healthy tight ends) last week to non-existent (one healthy tight end) after this week. With both Julius Thomas and Ben Koyack inactive Sunday, Marcedes Lewis and Neal Sterling were the only two active tight ends for the Jaguars. After Lewis went down with an apparent lower back injury, Sterling, a converted wide receiver out of Monmouth, was the only healthy tight end left on the roster. Without a designated full back, the Jaguars were left with a former seventh-round pick that had only one season as a tight end under his belt. This certainly affected both the Jaguars’ passing and running games, but Sterling ultimately proved serviceable in both. In order for the Jaguars’ offense to reach its full potential, they will need Thomas and Lewis back to full health in an offense that relies so heavily on the play of its tight ends.
3) The Jaguars’ run game finally gained some traction versus a lackluster Colts’ defense on Sunday. The Jaguars’ offense totaled 136 rushing yards, with the TJ Yeldon/Chris Ivory halfback tandem accounting for 100 of those yards. The offensive line finally opened holes in the defense, largely because of the returns of starting center Brandon Linder and left tackle Kelvin Beachum to the lineup. The backs upped their per-carry average from an abysmal 1.7 versus the Bottom Line
The Jaguars’ first win of the season could not have come at a better time after the losses began to pile up during a rocky start to the regular season. With a win in their first divisional game, the Jaguars can head into their bye week with some momentum that will hopefully carry over into Week 6 versus the struggling