As bad as last week's crushing by the New England Patriots was, this week's loss to the Colts was much worse. The Jaguars had so many chances to put the game away, but couldn't make that one extra play. We're going to see how our keys to victory played out in the game.
Keys to a Jaguars victory (with Andrew Luck playing): Luck didn't play so it doesn't matter.
1. Get physical with the receivers.
2. Play keep away on offense.
3. Catch the football.
Keys to a Jaguars victory (without Andrew Luck playing):
1. Stop Frank Gore. The Jaguars did a tremendous job against the run all day long. As a team the Colts had just 60 yards on 24 carries (2.5 ypc) and Gore had 53 yards on 17 carries with a fumble. The Jaguars stayed in their gaps very well for much of the afternoon and the only long run they yielded came in overtime.
2. Press the underneath routes. The Colts threw a lot of short passes and the Jaguars defense did a solid job of making tackles. Matt Hasselbeck completed 30 of 47 throws, for 282 yards with a touchdown.
3. Open up the offense. The Jaguars took a couple of deep shots to Allen Robinson and he caught one of them. Indy adjusted and put Vontae Davis on him in the second half and that severely limited his production.
What to look for:
1. Look for the Jaguars defense to play well against the run. The Jaguars did a great job on defense, allowing just six points in the second half. Tremendous considering their injuries.
2. Look for the Jaguars offense to struggle running the ball. Jacksonville did a nice job of running the ball despite the Colts putting 8 and 9 men in the box for much of the afternoon. The final tally was 28 carries for 142 yards (5.1 ypc).
3. Look for a tough game for Allen Robinson. Robinson did most of his damage early, and made a couple plays late to finish with four catches for 80 yards. Allen Hurns was the go-to-guy for Blake Bortles, finishing with a career high 11 receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown.
4. Look for a T.Y. TD. The Jaguars kept Hilton under wraps as he caught seven passes for just 67 yards and no scores.
5. The Jags pull off the upset....unless Luck suits up. The Jaguars should have pulled off the upset. Two missed field goals by Jason Myers stole defeat from the jaws of victory.