What We Learned Against Indianapolis

The Jaguars were soundly defeated by the defending AFC champion Colts, 34-24. Find out how our keys to victory played out.



1. Kick extra points, not field goals. The Jaguars were two of three in the red zone, but the one that will stick out in everyone's mind is the opportunity missed, as they had a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line and were forced to settle for a field goal.

2. Absolutely no turnovers. Jacksonville was minus-two in turnover ratio and both led to Indianapolis points. They didn't have to play perfect to win, but they didn't play smart which aided their defeat.

3. Mix it up. For the first time this season, offensive playcalling seemed to be poor. Indianapolis loaded up the box to stop the run and the Jaguars didn't make them pay.

4. Take advantage of mistakes. Peyton Manning threw a few 50/50 balls and the Jaguars couldn't come down with any interceptions. If you're going to win in a tough environment against a desperate team, somebody defensively has to make a play.

5. Be the aggressor. The Colts were the more aggressive, physical team on Sunday as they out-gained Jacksonville 155-67 on the ground.

6. Win third down. Both teams converted on five of 13 third down conversions. Costly penalties kept Jacksonville from converting on a few more.

Bold predictions:

1. Peyton Manning goes over 350. The Jaguars didn't get beat much over the top in pass coverage which kept Manning's numbers to a very efficient, yet not extraordinary 29 for 39, for 229 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

2. MJD scores. The Jaguars dynamic back was shut out of the end zone for only the second time in his career against the Colts.

3. Reggie Wayne goes over 135. Indy's leading receiver had a fairly quiet five receptions for just 34 yards.

4. David Garrard turns the ball over more than once. Garrard only had one interception which was a killer, but he nearly had another as he pitched a ball two feet behind Maurice Jones-Drew on an option play in the third quarter.

5. A quiet flight home for the Jags. The AFC South title was there for the taking and the Jaguars were their own worst enemies. Poor play calling, untimely turnovers and silly penalties kept the team from ascending to the next level and hosting their first playoff game in over a decade.


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