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Week 13 Game Recap: Indianapolis Colts 0, Jacksonville Jaguars 6


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Indianapolis Colts

The Colts offense was shut out and regressed to the form they showed while they struggled early in the season. The Jaguars defensive line won the battle against the Colts offensive line. Andrew Luck seemed to be just a little bit off a number of throws especially downfield. At the same time receivers were failing to secure catchable passes. The Colts almost entirely abandoned the running game in the second half. The Colts were stopped on 4th and 1 three times and had a number of penalties. TY Hilton and Eric Ebron were the Colts most productive players. But their production was more a product of volume than explosive plays or efficiency. With their pass heavy approach the Colts turned to Nyheim Hines who out snapped Marlon Mack.

Jacksonville Jaguars

This was a very similar game to the Jaguars' 2017 Week 17 matchup against the Titans. The main difference is that Indianapolis got greedy, going 0-3 on fourth down within field goal range. The 2017 Jaguars defense showed up for the first time since September, which was a fairly predictable outcome. Bortles was a wet blanket for both sides of the ball, the locker room had been lost, and the team was playing as if they knew they were going to lose. Putting Kessler in made the rest of the team believe they could win again, even with a no-show performance from the offense.

Indianapolis Colts

QB Andrew Luck, 76 offensive snaps, Pass: 33 - 52 - 248 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - 16 - 0
Andrew Luck played one his worst games of the season against the Jaguars. Luck was simply a little off. The absence of Jack Doyle may be a bigger deal than originally thought. Doyle helps in pass protection, is valuable as a blocker in the run game, and makes plays in the passing game. Without Doyle the Jaguars matched Hilton with Ramsey while keying on the run game and Eric Ebron. The Colts offense struggled to execute, sustain drives, avoid penalties, and create explosive plays. Luck was pressured and intercepted on his first pass attempt. Luck targeted Ebron downfield and failed to see DJ Hayden underneath who made a nice play on the ball. The Colts moved the ball down the field methodically thanks in large part to penalties by the Jaguars. Luck connected twice with TY Hilton for 3rd down conversions and the Colts drove all the way down to the Jaguars 1 yard line. On 4th and goal from the 1 Luck's pass to Wilkins was stopped for no gain. On the ensuing possession the Colts went for it on 4th and 1 and Eric Ebron fumbled and was dropped for a loss. Luck and his targets were just off on several throws downfield. Luck had 3 near completions to Hilton downfield, 2 to Dontrelle Inman, and a near miss targeting Eric Ebron. Luck could have made better throws but his receivers did have the opportunity to catch the passes. Luck had a 35 yard completion to Pascal who made a physical play to secure the catch negated by a holding penalty. The Colts again went for it on 4th and 1 and Luck was sacked by nearly immediate pressure.

RB Nyheim Hines, 46 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 5 - 0, Rec: 9 - 50 - 0 (9 targets)
Nyheim Hines led the Colts backfield in snaps and touches. Hines was a beneficiary of the Colts going to a pass heavy attack and essentially abandoning the running game. Hines made most of his catches underneath with minimal opportunity to pick up yards after catch. Hines made his first catch on 3rd and 3 for 4 yards. Hines lined up at wide receiver and ran a curl for a gain of 10. Hines made a nice move to get up field and took a screen pass for 11 yards.

RB Marlon Mack, 28 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 27 - 0, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (1 targets)
Marlon Mack saw limited work in his return from a concussion. Mack found some success on his first half carries. Mack failed to convert a short yardage pitch play that may have contributed to his limited workload. Mack appeared hesitant to accelerate into contact to pick up the necessary yardage. Mack made his only catch underneath for 6 yards. Hines could take over as the lead back but I'd expect Mack to see more carries going forward.

WR T.Y. Hilton, 66 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 77 - 0 (13 targets)
TY Hilton had an up and down game in a tough matchup. Hilton won and lost some reps against Jalen Ramsey. Hilton could have had a significantly bigger game and wasn't able to get open deep downfield but he played well. Hilton had his first target go through his arms as he went low trying to secure a potential 17 yard catch. Hilton converted a 3rd and 7 with a nice catch for 7 yards. Hilton took advantage of a matchup against a linebacker and picked up 8 yards to convert another 3rd and 7. Hilton made a 7 yard catch to convert another 3rd down with Jalen Ramsey in coverage. Hilton had a potential 14 yard reception knocked out of his hands by Ramsey. Hilton picked up 10 yards and his 4th 3rd down conversion of the game running a crossing route with DJ Hayden in coverage. Hilton took a screen pass for 9 yards on 3rd and long. Hilton made a nice contested 16 yard catch running a comeback with Ramsey contesting. Hilton ran a comeback route from the slot for 11 yards. Hilton made a 10 yard catch running another comeback in front of AJ Bouye.

WR Dontrelle Inman, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 14 - 0 (6 targets)
Dontrelle Inman dropped what would have been a great catch over the middle. Inman gained 8 yards running a comeback route out wide. Inman ran an in route for 6 yards.

TE Eric Ebron, 58 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - -9 - 0, Rec: 10 - 81 - 0 (16 targets)
Eric Ebron did most of his damage as an underneath receiver and saw a lot of attention from Jaguars defenders. Ebron saw his second target fall incomplete with Taushan Gipson playing physical coverage. Ebron made his first catch running a curl over the middle for 10 yards. A few plays later Ebron picked up 6 more again running a curl. Eric Ebron took a jet sweep hand off on 4th and 1 and was dropped for a 1 yard loss and fumbled on the play. Ebron made a catch in the flat and made a nice move after catch for 8 yards. Ebron made two underneath catches on consecutive plays for 11 yards. Ebron picked up 9 yards on a check down. Ebron was stopped after a 6 yard gain on 3rd and 7 running a crossing route. Ebron made a 20 yard catch running a out route.


Jacksonville Jaguars

QB Cody Kessler, 58 offensive snaps, Pass: 18 - 24 - 150 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 5 - 28 - 0
Let's be clear that Cody Kessler is not good and not the answer. However, his day is about what you'd hope for in a win and something Bortles hasn't been able to provide in months. He didn't turn the ball over and he made a few key third down conversions. The offensive line is in shambles, but he mostly didn't panic or sack himself. He used his legs effectively. 6 points is a subpar performance for an NFL offense, but it was enough to win this game. He didn't actively lose the game for them, which is what they had been getting from the quarterback position for the last two months. His third down conversion to Dede Westbrook is an example of a difficult but makeable play that they simply haven't gotten out of the quarterback position since September.

RB T.J. Yeldon, 35 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 16 - 0, Rec: 7 - 49 - 0 (8 targets)
Yeldon got the start in this game and led the team in both receptions and receiving yards. With Fournette out of the picture, he saw his workload increase again and was extremely efficient with his touches. He has done everything the Jaguars could have asked him this year, and he will honestly be a key loss for them this offseason.

RB Carlos Hyde, 22 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 36 - 0, Rec: 1 - 1 - 0 (1 targets)
TJ Yeldon got the start, but the Jaguars tried to run a fair amount of their offense through Hyde. He fumbled on the third play of the game. The dropoff from Leonard Fournette to Hyde was noticeable in this game. They tried mostly slamming him up inside from heavier formations, and the Colts defense stopped it easily.

WR Dede Westbrook, 51 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - -1 - 0, Rec: 3 - 25 - 0 (5 targets)
Westbrook was mostly a non-factor in this game. He was not targeted until halfway through the second quarter and didn't record a reception until the third. He also had what qualified as a ‘carry’ but was really a lateral/backwards pass that lost a yard and also holding was called on the play. Like Moncrief, he also had a big third down conversion that helped to lead to one of Jacksonville's two field goals. He ran a Stick route and converted it to an Out once he saw Kessler pressured and scrambling.

WR Donte Moncrief, 45 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 40 - 0 (4 targets)
Moncrief led the Jacksonville receivers in yards and catches. He had a huge 3rd and 12 conversion in the second quarter on a catch-and-run Shallow Cross that went for 22 yards which helped led to one of Jacksonville's two scoring drives of the day.

WR Keelan Cole, 37 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 16 - 0 (2 targets)
After three straight games without a catch, Cole finally got on the board with 2 for 16 in this game. He remains a non-factor in the offense.