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Week 13 Game Recap: Indianapolis Colts 10, Jacksonville Jaguars 30

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Indianapolis Colts

Jacoby Brissett and the Colts could not get anything going against the Jaguars defense. Brissett either did not have enough time to find anyone open downfield or could not find his receivers. Brissett had two ugly interceptions and once again showed his tendency to hold onto the ball too long. TY Hiltonís stat line was inflated by a 40 yard touchdown on what appeared to be a blown coverage. Donte Moncrief was Brissettís most frequent target with mixed results including a failure to secure a potential big play. Jack Doyle was almost a nonfactor in the game. Frank Gore played well and most of the offensive success the Colts had ran through Gore and Marlon Mack.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Blake Bortles completely shredded the Colts defense. There was only a few drives in which the Jaguars didn't end up with points; partly due to the suffocating defense played by the Jaguars but also because the Jaguars offense was finally able to consistently complete passes downfield. With the chunk plays, the Jaguars were able to win the field position battle and do what they do best.

Indianapolis Colts

QB Jacoby Brissett, 69 offensive snaps, Pass: 21 - 36 - 174 - 1 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 6 - 36 - 0
Jacoby Brissett and the Colts were unable to establish any sort of offensive rhythm. Brissett had very little success throwing the ball downfield. The Colts showed a commitment to running the football to open the game. The Colts were rewarded with a 25 yard carry by Marlon Mack to set up a field goal. Brissett and the Colts moved into field goal range running their two minute offense with methodical short passes. Brissett took points off the board with an ugly underthrow to TY Hilton that was intercepted by Jalen Ramsey. The Colts put together a touchdown drive to open the second half. Nice runs by Gore and Brissett set up a 40 yard completion to TY Hilton for a touchdown. Hilton came wide open on what appeared to be a blown coverage. The Colts quickly went 3 and out on their ensuing possession. Brissett dropped a dime to Donte Moncrief for a 30 yard gain but Moncrief could not get his feet in bounds. The only first down the Colts got during their next two drives was due to a roughing the passer penalty. Brissett was intercepted by Tashaun Gipson who undercut Chester Rogers over the middle.

RB Frank Gore, 22 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 61 - 0
Frank Gore looked smooth making a cut and getting up field on an 11 yard gain. Gore burst through a massive hole up the middle for a 16 yard gain. The Colts offense had the most success when they utilized Frank Gore and the run game but had to go pass heavy facing a 3 score deficit in the second half.

RB Marlon Mack, 30 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 46 - 0, Rec: 1 - 8 - 0 (2 targets)
Marlon Mack made his way through a tiny hole and exploded into the Jaguarsí secondary for 25 yards. Mack took a backseat to Frank Gore but showed his explosive play making ability in his limited touches.

WR Donte Moncrief, 50 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 37 - 0 (8 targets)
Donte Moncrief made his first catch running a slant for an 8 yard gain and a 3rd down conversion. Moncrief made back to back catches running comeback routes for 7 yard gains. Moncrief picked up 9 more yards again running a comeback route. Moncrief beat AJ Bouye down the sideline but could not get both his feet in bounds to secure a 30 yard catch.

WR T.Y. Hilton, 67 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 51 - 1 (6 targets)
TY Hilton made his first catch on a screen pass for a 6 yard gain. Hiltonís second target running a curl route was knocked away by Jalen Ramsey. Hilton ran a quick out route for 6 yards. Hilton came wide open over the middle of the field and went untouched for a 40 yard touchdown.

Jacksonville Jaguars

QB Blake Bortles, 66 offensive snaps, Pass: 26 - 35 - 309 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 27 - 0
Bortles played his best game of the season. This wasn't a game like against the Ravens, or the first game against the Colts, in which wide receivers were running open freely due to the Jaguars run game. This time, Bortles carried the offense when the run game struggled. His best throw of the game came in the third quarter in which he threw the ball to the correct shoulder of Keelan Cole, who was running a vertical route. The ball was placed in the window in between two defenders and it got the Jaguars into scoring position. Bortles did a good job of maneuvering the pocket and finding targets throughout the day as well, though he did fail to feel pressure coming off the right edge. The sack resulted in a fumble. Bortles threw two touchdowns. One was on extended play in the redzone, where Marqise Lee ran an inside breaking route and got past the zone coverage. The throw was slightly behind Lee but not enough to make a difference. The other touchdown was on a fade to Keelan Cole in the redzone, this one with perfect outside placement.

RB Leonard Fournette, 52 offensive snaps, Rush: 20 - 57 - 1, Rec: 3 - 22 - 0 (4 targets)
Fournette looked better against the Colts than he had in previous weeks, but he still failed to get much going on the ground. Too many times he was hesitant to hit the hole or tried to avoid contact and he ended up losing yards. His vision and aggressiveness have taken a step back as of late and it is affecting his effectiveness. He did score a touchdown from the shotgun formation but it was a walk in score that required virtually no real effort. In the passing game he continues to improve as a blocker and has proved to be a threat with the ball in his hands as a receiver. At one point he split out wide and ran a drag route and caught a first down pass.

RB Chris Ivory, 9 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 12 - 0, Rec: 1 - 3 - 0 (1 targets)
Ivory did not play in any passing situations and was the backup to Fournette as a ball carrier so he only saw a few snaps. In his carries, he hit the hole more decisively than Fournette did on the day but it is clear that he is lacking a gear.

RB T.J. Yeldon, 6 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 25 - 0 (2 targets)
Yeldon did not get opportunities on the ground due to Fournette and Ivory having reps over him, but he was used in passing situations frequently. He was targeted several times and was able to turn check downs into positive yardage and even first downs.

WR Marqise Lee, 58 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 86 - 1 (10 targets)
Lee had possibly the best game of his career on Sunday. From the start of the game, Lee made clutch catches in difficult situations. His best catch was on a post where Bortles threw high and outside. Lee reached back with a single hand and secured the catch against contact. Lee made several more catches on back shoulder fades near the sidelines and on vertical routes. He scored a touchdown on a drag in the redzone against the run, where he found the soft spot in the zone and then concentrated for the catch.

WR Dede Westbrook, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 78 - 0 (9 targets)
Westbrook had another solid game. He dropped one pass that would've converted a first down but besides that, he did it all for the Jaguars. He was used as the underneath possession threat in place of Allen Hurns, and he possesses a better ability to pick up yards after the catch. The Jaguars frequently threw him quick hitting passes in space that let him find his own yards. He was able to catch a pass for a big gain in the first half after beating the Colts man coverage on a corner route and then keeping his balance through the catch. He is the most naturally talented wideout that was on the Jaguars offense on Sunday.

WR Keelan Cole, 49 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 49 - 1 (3 targets)
Cole scored the first touchdown of his career on Sunday. He got separation on a fade route and was able to climb the ladder and find the ball in the air for the score. He did a much better job on Sunday of fighting for the ball and keeping his concentration through contact, which was the source of most of his previous drops. He shows promise due to his quickness and vision after the catch and his ability to get open deep.