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Jaguars Defense Pitches 6-0 Shut Out against Red-Hot Colts

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JAGUARS GAME RECAP

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Indianapolis Colts kicked off in their second matchup of the season, this time in Jacksonville, Florida at TIAA Bank Field. The Jaguars came into this matchup playing mostly for pride and respect.

Prior to the game, the Jaguars made multiple lineup changes with the most notable one being Ronnie Harrison starting for Safety Barry Church. Church has struggled all season at the strong safety position.

Other lineup changes included Patrick Omameh starting for injured Guard Andrew Norwell and ahead of last week’s replacement Chris Reed. Malik Jackson was also benched in favor of Marcell Dareus and Abry Jones at Defensive Tackle. Dareus was unable to play last week with an injury.

The Jaguars received the ball first, and after a good couple of check down passes from new starting Quarterback Cody Kessler, Carlos Hyde fumbled the ball in favor of the Colts. Hyde suggested earlier in the week that he wanted more carries and was disappointed with his use.

Meanwhile, the Jaguars defense came out flying. They were able to force Andrew Luck into a costly interception for the Colts. D.J. Hayden made a heck of a play on the right side of the field covering Colts Tight End Eric Ebron.

After the Colts received the ball again, Jaguars rookie safety Ronnie Harrison made his presence known, sniffing out a toss play on third and three allowing Linebacker Telvin Smith to make a play short of the first down.

The Jaguars remained to be undisciplined. After a great stop on third down for the Colts third drive of the game, Ronnie Harrison was called for a late taunting penalty. Rookie mistake or not, it proved to be costly for the Jaguars.

The rookie mistakes wouldn’t stop there. After the Jaguars were able to force the Colts into a field goal situation, Taven Bryan committed a personal foul on the long snapper which gave the Colts new life on offense. That makes it two personal foul/unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on that drive by rookies. A very undisciplined unit overall on defense.

After *all* of that. The Colts decided against better judgment to go for it on fourth and goal. Yannick Ngakoue was able to get in and stop the runner short of the goal line and the Jaguars would receive the ball at their own one-yard line.

After a short punt by the Jaguars and a short drive by the Colts, they decided to go for it again. Luckily Myles Jack and Telvin Smith had something else in mind. In an absolute beauty of a play, they were able to stop the running back short of the line to gain and force a fumble. Words do not do this play justice. Just watch:

After it was all said and done during that first half the Jaguars somehow would enter with a 3-0 lead over the Colts. The Jaguars defense has been lights out today.

Starting in the second half the Jaguars defense continued to make plays. Not allowing the Colts to do much with their first drive. As for the Jaguars offense, Kessler was unable to do much as far as passing the football under pressure all day. On the Jaguars only other scoring drive of the game, the Jaguars were able to use Cody Kessler and the Jaguars run game to get near the red zone. Unfortunately, they could not score a touchdown but they were able to make a field goal, putting the Jaguars up 6-0.

The Jaguars defense was absolute lights out all day. After a great play made by All-Pro Cornerback Jalen Ramsey at the end of the game, the Colts would run out of time. The Jaguars snap a seven-game losing streak to advance to 4-8 on the season and pitching a shutout. A well-deserved shutout at that.

THREE PLAYS OF THE GAME

  • Myles Jack/Telvin Smith tackle for loss/forced fumble
    As noted in the game recap, the Jaguars defense came to play and that included Myles Jack and Telvin Smith. This tackle for loss/forced fumble was probably the best play of the game and set the tone for the rest of the matchup.
  • D.J. Hayden Interception
    Hayden has been one of the better defensive backs for the Jaguars this season, and it showed today. He was able to get his first interception since around 2016 and the Jaguars first interception by a starting nickel defensive back in the regular season in years.
  • Ronnie Harrison game Saving Sack
    Harrison started the game for a struggling Barry Church, and, he did not disappoint. Flying all over the field leading up this his game-changing sack. Because of this, he was able to force the Colts to burn all their timeouts as the Jaguars got the ball back with a little over two minutes remaining.

JAGUARS PLAYER OF THE GAME:

Jalen Ramsey.

Ramsey is absolutely the player of the game today. Not only did he play lights out against T.Y. Hilton holding him to 8 catches for 77 yards. Ramsey was also not on Hilton all game as sometimes Nickel D.J. Hayden was covering Hilton. However, even still holding Hilton to 77 yards is a great feat considering he has had back-to-back 100-yard games entering today’s game.

After the game, Ramsey called today’s game a “complete performance” by the Jaguars defense. And that it was. Holding a red-hot Colts offense to zero points is a great feat.

A little hat-tip to Josh Lambo as he was the only player today to score points for the Jaguars. Josh Lambo absolutely should be in the pro bowl this year as he has only missed three kicks this season.

FINAL WHISTLE

Both of today’s offenses were downright awful, but mostly the Jaguars offense being bad and the Jaguars offense being good. Kessler could not do much, other than check downs all day. His final stats were 18/24 for 150 yards 0 interceptions and 0 touchdowns. He was able to do what the Jaguars asked of him without making a mistake. Although Jaguar fans might not see much promise from him, if he can play similarly and get a little more protection, he could possibly help the Jaguars win more games down the final four-game stretch.

The Jaguars defense played lights out today. They were able to hold the red-hot Colts offense to 265 yards and 0 points. The Jaguars were also able to force a fumble and intercept Andrew Luck being +2 in the turnover ratio. One of the major differences today between Blake Bortles and Cody Kessler was Kessler’s ability to take good care of the ball and taking what the defense gave him. Although Kessler was only able to gain 150 yards, he still completed 18/24 of his passes. Kessler will likely start again against the Titans this upcoming Thursday for Thursday Night Football.

 

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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Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

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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Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

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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