All of the Feels
A win! Before we dive deeper, let’s take the time to appreciate this on the surface for what it was, a final score that had the Jaguars scoring more points than its opponent. And that made Sunday and the rest of the week that much better. The bye week might have been intolerable if the team was 0-4.
Jumping out to a lead and holding on for dear life is not an ideal way to get it done, but it will suffice for now. Jacksonville took advantage of Colts’ weaknesses, had some sustained drives, made defensive plays and got the plays at the end that the team needed. That should not be understated.
That being said, there is still a long way to go for this club. Injuries are becoming a concern (running out of tight ends, Luke Joeckel might be out for an extended time), the running game showed signs of life but needs to become more consistent and while Blake Bortles did not turn the ball over, he still is not playing up to expectations.
Jaguars are now on a two game winning streak against the Colts (that is nice to say) and snapped Andrew Luck’s 14-game win streak over AFC South opponents. Bye week means get well, hopefully some of the dinged up guys can get healthy and a win helps some of those who were struggling mentally to get their mojo back. One win does not cure all ails, but focusing on winning a ‘winnable’ game in Chicago in two weeks should be the sole focus.
“It’s getting to a point where we all could get a sack a game and that’s not abnormal,” Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson referring to how Jacksonville had six sacks from six different players. The Colts started three rookies up front, but credit the Jags for taking advantage, they made Andrew Luck uncomfortable for much of the day.
Jaguars take on the bye week to recover from the London Lag before traveling to the Windy City to take on Chicago on October 15.