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Week 11 Game Recap: Jacksonville Jaguars 13, Indianapolis Colts 33


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Jacksonville Jaguars

Despite the return of Nick Foles, the Jacksonville Jaguars put forth a putrid offensive performance during the team's 33-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Six of the team's 13 points came in pure garbage time as the Colts were sitting on a 31-7 lead late into the fourth quarter and other than one scoring drive on Jacksonville's second offensive possession, the Jaguars' offense did nothing to inspire confidence from a production standpoint. 

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts found most of their offensive success through their rushing attack against the Jaguars. Marlon Mack and Johnathan Williams found huge holes to run through. Marlon Mack looked unstoppable until a hand injury forced him out of game allowing Williams to take over. Williams played very well and showed impressive quickness. Expect Williams to handle most of the early down rushing duties if Marlon Mack misses time with Nyheim Hines getting some carries and work in the passing game. Jacoby Brissett faced frequent pressure but played well without his top target in TY Hilton. Marcus Johnson did most of his damage on a single possession with 3 catches including a touchdown. Zach Pascal drew two pass interference penalties and Brissett missed him when he a little separation deep downfield. Pascal did have a drop late in the game that led to an interception.

Jacksonville Jaguars

QB Nick Foles, 63 offensive snaps, Pass: 33 - 47 - 296 - 2 TD / 1 INT
Sunday was Nick Foles' first full game as the Jaguars' starting quarterback and the first time he has attempted a pass since Week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs. While the Jacksonville coaching staff put Garnder Minshew II on the bench in favor of Foles due to Foles' veteran pedigree, that veteran presence did next to nothing to help elevate the Jacksonville offense against the Colts. Foles finished the game 33/47 for 296 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. One of the touchdowns and close to half the yardage came when the game was 31-7 and were Blake Bortles-esque garbage time stats. 

As a whole, Foles looked below-average on Sunday. His throws lacked velocity as it looked like he was still trying to get back to full strength after his Week 1 clavicle injury and this showed often when he tried to test the Colts' secondary vertically. Too many times he threw it into double, and sometimes even triple coverage when attempting to throw deep, and most of the passes were floaters that the Jaguars' receivers had to breakup to prevent interceptions. 

Foles did a good job with his short to intermediate accuracy, notably on DJ Chark's 34-yard as he threw it to Chark in stride in the middle of the field and helped him transition from receiver to ball carrier. He was also able to step up in the pocket decently vs. a feisty Colts' pass rush, but his lack of mobilty also hurt the team at times, such as when the Colts sent mass blitzes. 

Overall Foles underthrew or floated too many passes and simply didn't do anything extraordinary to elevate the Jaguars offense. He checked down a lot and took the safe throws, but he also made some terrible decisions, such as when he threw a deep pass into double coverage with less than a minute left in the first half that was then intercepted by Rock Ya-Sin.

RB Leonard Fournette, 45 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 23 - 0, Rec: 7 - 34 - 0 (7 targets)
Leonard Fournette was a complete afterthought in the Jaguars' playcalling on Sunday, carrying the ball a career-low eight times, with only two of those carries coming in the second half. Fournette was able to get chunks of yardage early on but the Jaguars completed abandoned running the ball in favor of letting Foles throw it 47 times. Fournette finished the game with only eight carries for 23 yards. 

Fournette did salvage some production in the passing game, catching all seven of his targets for 34 yards, but he once again was kept out of the end zone and for the most part was harly noticeable on the field. It was hardly Fournette's fault though, as the Jaguars' coaches just gave him zero chance to make an impact.

RB Ryquell Armstead, 14 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 6 - 0, Rec: 2 - 13 - 0 (2 targets)
Ryquell Armstead had one early carry for six yards but did not receive another carry for the rest of the game. He caught each of his two targets for a total of 13 yards and was used by Jacksonville more as a pass blocker on third downs than he has in past games, so that is really the lone noticeable development for the rookie running back.

WR D.J. Chark, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 104 - 2 (15 targets)
Despite the Jaguars' offense laying a complete egg on Sunday, DJ Chark once again showed why he is one of the AFC's top wide receivers. He caught eight of his 15 targets (Foles threw several deep passes at him that had zero chance at being completions), and totaled 104 yards and two touchdowns. His first touchdown came on the game's second drive as he beat man coverage with an inside breaking route, gainign easy seperation thanks to his body control and quickness out of his break. He caught the pass across the middle and then outran the rest of the Colts' defense to give the Jaguars their only meaningful score on Sunday. 

His second touchdown was an impressive play as well, even with the game already over. He beat the cornerback on a go route and then coralled the ball in his hands in the corner of the end zone for his eighth touchdown of the season. 

Overall, Chark showed the whole package on Sunday. He ran good routes, made good hands catches and was a terror after the catch. The Jaguars' offense may have stunk, but Chark certainly didn't.

WR Chris Conley, 60 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 58 - 0 (8 targets)
Chris Conley got close friend Nick Foles back in the lineup and many expected for his production, especially as a vertical receiver, to increase because of it. Against the Colts though, Conley made only a few short catches on curl and comeback routes before garbage time. He finished the game with six catches on eight targets for 58 yards. 

Conley's most impactful plays came when the game was already decided in the fourth quarter, with the best one an impressive dig route over the middle of the field where he was able to catch a low Foles pass and turn it into a 24-yard gain. Conley was targeted deep a few times but Foles was never able to connect with him due to underthrows or double coverage.

WR Dede Westbrook, 53 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 32 - 0 (6 targets)
Despite being a focal point of the offense during Foles' time at quarterback in training camp, Westbrook was not much of a factor Sunday. He caight four passes on six targets for 32 yards, with almost half of those yards coming on one catch early in the game. Westbrook ran a lot of short routes out of the slot and was not targeted deep, though it was surprising that Foles did not target him more as a checkdown target after he became more conservative as the game wore on. 

WR Keelan Cole, 25 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 41 - 0 (5 targets)
Keelan Cole had a rough play on the first drive of the game when he failed to turn his head on a third down pass intedended for him, which almost led to a Malik hooker interception. He had a solid game after this gaffe though, catching four of his five targets for 41 yards. His best play came on third and 10 when the Jaguars' threw him a perimeter screen and asked him to pick up the yards after the catch to convert a first down. He glided past defenders and then lowered his shoulder at the marker to ensure he would move the chains, a good effort play.


Indianapolis Colts

QB Jacoby Brissett, 66 offensive snaps, Pass: 15 - 24 - 148 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - 12 - 1
Jacoby Brissett and the Colts found most of their success with their rushing attack. The Colts struggled to pass protect against the Jaguars and Brissett faced frequent pressure. Brissett was sacked and fumbled near the end of the first half but the Colts recovered. Nearly all of the Colts' offensive success in the first half was a product of their rushing attack. Brissett found his rhythm in the second half with a touchdown drive that included 3 completions to Marcus Johnson. The most impressive was a 1 yard touchdown on 4th and goal from the 1 yard line. Brissett went through his progression, saw everyone was covered, decided to run but was quickly walled off, retreated, was nearly brought down, reset and drifted to his right before firing a bullet to Johnson in tight coverage for the 1 yard score. Brissett and the Colt put together another touchdown drive after a turnover on downs. Brissett capped the drive with a keeper on a bootleg for a 5 yard touchdown run. Brissett's mobility was a huge asset in this game. On a number of occasions Brissett was able to create a positive play when nothing was there initially. Brissett threw an interception with the Colts holding a 24 point lead but it wasn't Brissett's fault because the pass bounced off the hands of Pascal.

RB Jonathan Williams, 31 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 116 - 0, Rec: 1 - 31 - 0 (1 targets)
Johnathan Williams looked great in relief of Marlon Mack. Williams picked up 16 yards with a series of quick and impressive cuts on a sweep play. Williams picked up 31 yards on 3rd and long on a screen pass. Williams did a great job of waiting for his blocks to develop before exploding into the open field. Williams ability to change direction stands out. Williams found a huge crease up the middle and broke into the open field after shaking off an ankle tackle for a 48 yard run. Williams has impressive speed but his quickness seems to be what sets him apart. Williams seems to have great awareness of where his blockers and defenders are. Williams accelerated through a very small hole that closed as he ran through it and found room down the side line for 17 yards. Expect Williams to step into the Marlon Mack role with Nyheim Hines playing a complimentary role if Mack were to miss time.

RB Marlon Mack, 21 offensive snaps, Rush: 14 - 109 - 1
Marlon Mack was playing great until a hand injury forced him out of the game. Mack followed a great block from Ryan Kelly at the second level and burst for 13 yards. A few plays later Mack found another hole up the middle and slipped a tackle from Myles Jack on his way to a 16 yard gain. Later on the same drive Mack spun twice to avoid two tackles and then outraced defenders on the edge to the pylon for a 13 yard touchdown. Mack should have been stopped for no gain but magically escaped two tackles. Mack got around the edge uncontested and picked up 13 yards before ducking out of bounds. Mack once again followed some great blocks and went nearly untouched for a 20 yard gain off left tackle. Mack left the game with a hand injury following the play and would not return. Mack reportedly has a broken hand.

RB Nyheim Hines, 24 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 11 - 1, Rec: 3 - 24 - 0 (4 targets)
Nyheim Hines saw a few additional carries with Marlon Mack suffering a hand injury but expect Johnthan Williams to handle much of the early down rushing work in Mack's absence. Hines made a catch in the flat and made a nice move along the sideline to pick up 19 yards. Hines found a nice hole up the middle and spun out of a tackle to score a 7 yard touchdown

WR Marcus Johnson, 63 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 38 - 1 (4 targets)
Marcus Johnson made 3 nice plays on a single drive for the Colts. Johnson picked up 10 yards running a slant. Johnson picked up 17 yards running an in breaking route. Johnson showed off strong hands making a tough contested catch with AJ Bouye in coverage for a 1 yard touchdown. The throw was a bullet from Brissett making the catch even more impressive.

WR Zach Pascal, 66 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 17 - 0 (6 targets)
Zach Pascal had two drops and could have had a much bigger game. Pascal ran a curl route and made a nice move after the catch to pick up 14 yards. Pascal dropped an underneath catch. Pascal drew a 13 yard pass interference penalty as he was interfered with at the top of his route. Brissett missed Pascal on two occasions in the first half; one was simply off target from Brissett. The second was a potential big play but Pascal had only half a step of separation and it would have had to have been a perfect throw. Pascal drew another 13 yard pass interference penalty this time on a back shoulder throw inside Jacksonville's 5 yard line. Pascal had a potential 30 yard catch bounce off his hands and get intercepted. Pascal appeared to absorb contact before the pass arrived but Pascal has made tougher catches before. Look for Pascal to bounce back in a more favorable match up.

TE Eric Ebron, 29 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 27 - 0 (4 targets)
Eric Ebron made some plays underneath despite battling an illness. Ebron made a very impressive 14 yard catch along the sideline as he absorbed a hit. Ebron did a nice job of working to get open as Brissett scrambled and did well getting his feet in bounds on the play. Ebron made a 7 yard catch running a curl over the middle. Ebron picked up 6 yards on a check down from Brissett. Ebron had a 13 yard catch negated by penalty.