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Week 17 Game Recap: Indianapolis Colts 20, Jacksonville Jaguars 38


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Indianapolis Colts

The Colts scored 20 first half points only to get shut out in the second half. Jacoby Brissett and the Colts simply fell apart as the game progressed. Brissett opened the game playing well but got progressively worse. Brissett had two ugly second half fumbles and missed numerous throws. Marlon Mack was very effective when he was on the field and could have had a huge game with more carries. TY Hilton looked healthy for the first time in a while and did almost all of his damage on underneath picking up yards after the catch. Marcus Johnson made a few nice plays but didn't see many targets. Nyheim Hines was effective as a runner and receiver continuing his momentum from the previous week. Jack Doyle saw an end zone target and had a catch knocked out of his hands. Zach Pascal was a non factor.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars got a look at their offense without Leonard Fournette. Ryquell Armstead performed adequately in his stead. The Jaguar offense overall looked more cohesive without trying to feed their runningback early touches and putting themselves in bad down-and-distance situations. They were able to actually get on the scoreboard in the first half. Gardner Minshew had his first above average game in quite some time, actually making a handful of plays within the rhythm and structure of the offense.

Indianapolis Colts

QB Jacoby Brissett, 56 offensive snaps, Pass: 12 - 25 - 162 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 17 - 0
Jacoby Brissett opened the game playing fairly well but fell apart as the game went on. Brissett moved the Colts down the field with some nice completions on their opening possession but three failed run plays inside Jacksonville's 5 yard line forced a field goal attempt. Brissett found TY Hilton open underneath on what appeared to be a blown coverage for a 33 yard catch and run. The play helped set up a 5 yard touchdown run by Marlon Mack. After putting up 20 first half points, largely on the strength of their ground game, the Colts offense imploded in the second half. The Colts had the same number of turnovers as first downs in the second half. Brissett was unable to complete routine passes downfield and the whole offense looked lethargic. Backed up deep in their own end Brissett scrambled on 3rd and 12 and was stripped from behind. Jacksonville recovered the fumble and returned it for a touchdown. A few plays later Brissett was sacked and fumbled again as he went to the ground giving the ball to the Jaguars. The turnovers essentially sealed the game for the Jaguars.

RB Marlon Mack, 27 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 77 - 2 (1 targets)
Marlon Mack had a huge first half but the Colts were unable to sustain offense in the second half. Mack went untouched for 20 yards off right tackle until he was knocked out of bounds. Mack showed off his speed and patience on the play. Mack was stopped on consecutive carries from inside Jacksonville's 2 yard line. On 3rd and 6 Mack had an impressive 8 yard run inside where he side stepped a defender in a tight space. Mack found a big hole up the middle on 3rd and 4 scoring a 5 yard touchdown. Mack had 4 carries for 33 yards and a touchdown on a drive that consisted entirely of running plays. Mack opened the drive bouncing a carry off right tackle for a 16 yard gain. Mack capped the drive outracing a defender the pylon off left tackle for an 8 yard score.

RB Nyheim Hines, 31 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 34 - 0, Rec: 3 - 22 - 0 (5 targets)
Nyheim Hines was effective on his limited touches. Hines showed off his quickness and ability to make defenders miss. Hines made a 9 yard catch running a quick out route. Hines got carries on consecutive plays and totaled 22 yards running outside.

WR T.Y. Hilton, 38 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 72 - 0 (3 targets)
TY Hilton did all his damage on underneath catches and was not targeted downfield. Hilton came wide open running a quick out route and escaped down the sideline for 18 yards. Made a simple catch running a curl and was left alone after the catch allowing him to pick up 33 yards crossing the field. Hilton followed some nice blocks on a screen pass for a 21 yard gain. Hilton showed off his speed on the play.

WR Marcus Johnson, 42 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 31 - 0 (4 targets)
Marcus Johnson made a few nice plays in the first half. Johnson picked up 16 yards running a deep slant. Johnson made a nice contested catch running an in breaking route for 15 yards. Johnson had a high pass on an in breaking route go through his hands.

TE Jack Doyle, 37 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (4 targets)
Jack Doyle saw only a few targets from Brissett. Doyle had his first target in the end zone broken up. Doyle then had second target in hand but it was punched away by a defender.


Jacksonville Jaguars

QB Gardner Minshew, 69 offensive snaps, Pass: 27 - 39 - 295 - 3 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 5 - 7 - 0
Minshew started the game off with some quick throws to Dede Westbrook and a play-action dumpoff to Ryquell Amstead that Armstead took to the 6-yard line. He blew his next two throws inside the 10. The first was a slightly high and off-target throw to Armstead which was dropped. The second was a high throw to Dede Westbrook on a Pick play to the left that was not catchable (Westbrook likely would have scored). The Jaguars settled for a field goal inside the 10, a problem for them all season long. He had a very nice intermediate Dig route to DJ Chark that put the receiver over 1000 yards on the season. Minshew has largely ignored the intermediate middle area as a rookie, so it was good to see him take a chance and make a play there. He also uncorked a 45 yard bomb to Keelan Cole that was perfectly placed (the outside 9 route is inarguably Minshew’s best throw). On the next play, he went to Cole again. The duo hooked up on a Deep Cross off play action for a touchdown. His interception during the two-minute drill to end the first half was truly awful. He danced around in the pocket unnecessarily before resetting his feet and trying to make a wide-side throw to the flat to Ryquell Armstead. The defender was just sitting and waiting for it and easily picked the pass off. His touchdown to open up the third quarter came on a patient, methodical drive featuring mostly short passes. They used the same Play-Action flat pass to Ryquell Amstead that they used earlier in the game, except this time the ball was well-thrown and Armstead easily scored.

RB Ryquell Armstead, 43 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 33 - 0, Rec: 5 - 52 - 1 (9 targets)
His first touch of the game was a wide-open check down off Play Action. He gained a total of 24 yards on the play before getting tackled downfield at the 6-yard line. A few plays later, the Jaguars ran the exact same play, and Armstead dropped a wide-open pass that would have gone for an easy touchdown (the throw was slightly high and required an adjustment). He was merely adequate as a runner – picking up what was blocked but doing little in terms of creating on his own or adding additional yardage. He did score later in the game on the same exact concept Minshew missed him on during the first drive.

WR Dede Westbrook, 42 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 72 - 1 (8 targets)
Westbrook opened the game up getting some nice, easy short targets. He missed out on a potential touchdown catch when Minshew overthrew him on a pick play in the endzone on the opening drive. He finally got on the scoreboard late in the 4th quarter, running a Deep Cross route into the endzone off a Minshew scramble.

WR D.J. Chark, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 34 - 0 (5 targets)
Chark's first reception came on a screen pass he took for 7 yards. He went over 1000 yards on the season on an intermediate Dig route that went for 19. He was not targeted often in this game (again) catching just two more short passes in the game.

WR Chris Conley, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 38 - 0 (6 targets)
Conley entered the game with incentives on the line for both catches and yards. Conley's opening target was a dropped open Out route on 3rd and 7 early in the second quarter. He hit his catch incentive on the final drive of the first half, a deep Comeback along the right sideline.

WR Keelan Cole, 29 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 67 - 1 (4 targets)
Cole's opening target was a dropped screen pass. He made up for it with a 45 yard bomb. He got open running a 9-route against man coverage and tracked the ball perfectly over his shoulder. Minshew went right back to him on the next play in the redzone, hitting him on a Deep Crossing route off play action for a touchdown.

TE Seth DeValve, 35 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 4 - 0 (1 targets)
DeValve caught his only pass on a checkdown during the two-minute drill to end the first half.