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Jaguars Defense Falters in Heartbreaking 29-26 Loss to Colts

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JAGUARS GAME RECAP

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Indianapolis Colts faced off today in their first AFC South meeting of the season. For the Jaguars, they came into today as the underdog in need of a victory for the first time since week four of this season. The Jaguars would hope to take advantage of Leonard Fournette finally being healthy as well as D.J. Hayden on defense.

The week ten matchup started off with the Colts on offense. The Jaguars defense started off rough as they surrendered a long 53-yard touchdown from Andrew Luck to Eric Ebron. This was due to what seemed to be a busted coverage.Tashaun Gipson was unable to catch up with Ebron in time to make the tackle. Horrible start for the Jaguars. Telvin Smith and Barry Church seemed to be the culprits on the long touchdown.

The Jaguars offense started off almost as expected even with Leonard Fournette back in the lineup. A three and out was saved due to a holding call against the Colts, but a draw play with T.J. Yeldon on third and nine later sealed their fate of punting the football.

Seemingly out of nowhere the Jaguars found some sort of lightning in a bottle during their second drive of the game as Blake Bortles was able to hook up with Donte Moncrief for a beautifully thrown 80-yard touchdown pass.

The Colts were able to answer that drive with a 70-yard drive of their own right down the Jaguars throat. Ebron took a handoff from the 3-yard line and easily ran into the end zone. 14-7 Colts.To add insult to injury, the Jaguars yet again allowed another touchdown from Eric Ebron. This time a wide open 20-yard pass from Luck. The Jaguars had zero answers for the tight ends in this matchup.

Luckily for the Jaguars Blake Bortles and Leonard Fournette were able to take a short field and score on a 3-yard rush by Leonard Fournette. Unfortunately, the extra point was blocked. 13-21 Colts. The Colts would build on their lead with a one-yard touchdown pass to a made-up name. Mo Alie-Cox. All four Colts touchdowns have been to the tight ends today with Ebron accounting for three.

The Jaguars would take the next Colts kickoff a good 40 yards to set up a nice scoring drive for Josh Lambo as the Jaguars had to settle for three near the goal line. The Score would be 28-16 at halftime.

Some trickery for the Jaguars on their opening drive of the second half. The Jaguars were able to drive the ball down to the Colts 30-yard line and opted for a fake field goal pass with punter/holder Logan Cooke. Luckily Cooke was able to get it to O’Shaughnessy, good for a Jaguars first down.The Jaguars capped off the 75-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown pass from Bortles to Fournette who was wide open. 23-29 Colts.

After a Josh Lambo 52-yard miss (his first of the year), the Jaguars defense would finally come alive. Telvin Smith would pick off Andrew Luck after the ball was bobbled and dropped by (insert).Unfortunately, the Jaguars offense could not muster enough of a drive to get within scoring range as Blake Bortles was under duress and the Jaguars running backs could find no room at all.

The Jaguars were able to get the ball back and Blake Bortles and the Jaguars offense were able to drive the ball within field goal range. Lambo atoned for the 52-yard miss by nailing a 55-yard field goal. The score would be 26-29 Colts.

The Jaguars would get the ball back with a little over two minutes to go to tie or win the game. Blake Bortles and T.J. Yeldon were able to get the ball down to field goal range, however, the worst occurred. After a nice 13-yard completion to Rashad Greene Sr. he would fumble the ball.

The Jaguars would lose one of the most heart-breaking losses in the past couple of seasons.

Injury Notes: Jaguars Center Brandon Linder left the game with what appeard to be a signigicant right knee injury. Jaguars Left tackle Ereck Flowers also left the game for the Jaguars with a knee injury.

THREE PLAYS OF THE GAME

  • Blake Bortles to Donte Moncrief for six
    This Jaguars touchdown came in the first half as Jaguars Quarterback was able to find Donte Moncrief down the right sideline with a beautiful throw and catch for 80 yards.
  •  Leonard Fournette two touchdowns in return
    Although this was not one play, I feel as though Leonard Fournette made his presence known at least within scoring range as he was able to score twice in goal-to-go situations. Hopefully, he can pick up his running game in the coming weeks.
  • Josh Lambo 55-yard field goal
    Although Lambo missed a 52-yard field goal earlier in the day, he was able to nail a 55-yard field goal when we needed him to, to get within three points.

JAGUARS PLAYER OF THE GAME:

Blake Bortles?

Blake Bortles is surprisingly your player of the game. Although the Quarterback wasn’t perfect, he was able to get the Jaguars back within three with some quick decision-making. Blake Bortles went 26/38 for 320 yards and two touchdowns. Easily his best game in over a month, however, the Jaguars could not overcome a single costly mistake by the offense in Greene’s fumble.

FINAL WHISTLE

The Jaguars are an enigma. There really were no silver linings about today’s game. Although the Colts were held scoreless in the second half, it really did not matter much. The Jaguars were already way too far behind because of the 29 points allowed in the first half. The Jaguars are a ball-control and clock control team. If they cannot hang onto the ball for too long, bad things happen.

The Jaguars have fallen to 3-6 in what seems to be a lost season as the Titans upset the Patriots, and the Texans, although on a bye week, still look very good. The Jaguars nearly came back in a game most would have considered a for sure loss at halftime. There is some hope in some of the weapons on offense such as Westbrook and Fournette, however, there likely will have to be major changes on the offensive and defensive side of the ball next season.

The Jaguars inability to generate any sort of pass rush combined with their lack of discipline and miscommunication has completely derailed this defense, and I am not sure how they can come back from it. Unfortunately, it looks like the window that was opened for the Jaguars last season has closed.

Demetrius Harvey is a Locked on Jaguars writer focusing on game breakdowns as well as breaking news. Demetrius is a lifelong Jaguars fan. You can follow him at @Demetrius82 on twitter.

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Jaguars Activate Tackle Josh Wells, Release Niles Paul from IR

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have made a couple more roster moves this Friday after releasing Strong Safety Barry Church. The Jaguars have finally activated Tackle Josh Wells. Wells was placed on short-term injured reserve after week five with a groin injury.

This move comes at an opportune time as the Jaguars will be without Right Tackle Jermey Parnell. Wells will more than likely start at Right Tackle this week against the Redskins.

The Jaguars have also released Niles Paul from injured reserve, signed Lyndon Johnson from the teams practice squad, and placed OL Josh Walker on injured reserve.

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Jaguars vs. Redskins: Friday Injury Report, Parnell Out, Lambo in Doubt

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The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Washington Redskins have released their Friday final status/injury report of the week ahead of their week fifteen matchup at TIAA Bank Field. For the Jaguars, they will be without Jermey Parnell, D.J. Chark, and Josh Walker.

All three players are listed as out with various injuries. The Jaguars have a move they could potentially make in activating Tackle Josh Wells who has been practicing the past couple of weeks. D.J. Chark will miss his fourth consecutive game making his rookie season disappointing in the end, unfortunately.

The other major area of concern is kicker Josh Lambo being listed as Questionable. A little later in the day, the Jaguars signed Kicker Kai Forbath which suggests he will probably be out this Sunday against the Redkins. We will revisit this on Sunday when the inactive players are released.

Below are both teams status reports:

JAGUARS:

WR D.J. Chark Jr. (Quadricep): Out

RT Jermey Parnell (Knee): Out

OL Josh Walker (Ankle): Out

LB Lerentee McCray (Illness): Questionable

K Josh Lambo (Right Groin): Questionable

REDSKINS:

LB Ryan Anderson (Hamstring): Out

TE Jordan Reed (Ankle/Foot): Out

WR Josh Doctson (Concussion): Questionable

DE Matt Ioannidis (Shin): Questionable

OT Ty Neskhe (Knee): Questionable

OT Mogan Moses (Ankle): Questionable

LS Nick Sundberg (Back): Questionable

S Monte Nicholson (Illness): Questionable

RB Chris Thompson (Illness): Questionable

The Redskins have a much more lengthy status report than the Jaguars which is remarkable given how the Jaguars injuries have gone this season. Washington will be without at least a couple of starters including their starting Linebacker and Tight End. They also more than likely will be without a starting wide receiver in Josh Doctson.

Their Long Snapper Nick Sundberg has a high possibility of missing the game this Sunday as well because of a back injury. They have brought in a few long snappers to work out in the event he is not able to go.

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Jaguars sign Kicker Kai Forbath in Wake of Josh Lambo Injury

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have made a roster move in wake of the Josh Lambo right-groin injury. They have signed former Redskins and Vikings Kicker Kai Forbath. Forbath has a career FG% of 85.9% which is at the very least respectable in a league where kickers seem to be missing routine kicks daily now.

With Lambo potentially out the Jaguars were forced into a move. This could always be more of a cautionary move in the case Lambo does not play, but generally speaking, if a team signs a kicker near the end of the week it is not a good sign. We will see what happens when the last injury report comes out.

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