The good, the bad and the ugly from the Indianapolis Colts game

The good, the bad and the ugly from the Indianapolis Colts game

Outside linebacker Josh Allen (41) brings Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan to the ground for one of his two sacks in a 24-0 rout of the Jaguars on Sunday at TIAA Bank Field.

Outside linebacker Josh Allen (41) brings Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan to the ground for one of his two sacks in a 24-0 rout of the Jaguars on Sunday at TIAA Bank Field.

The good, the bad and the ugly from the Jaguars’ 24-0 victory Sunday over the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field.

Above: Dominion

It’s been nearly five years — a 45-7 demolition of the Houston Texans in December 2017 — since the Jaguars dominated an opponent to the extent the Colts did from the opening gun.

Jonathan Taylor, the NFL’s leading rusher last season, had just 4 yards on five carries in the first half. The Jaguars’ suffocating defense never let him have room to run until Indianapolis went down 24-0.

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Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence methodically picked apart Gus Bradley’s Cover 3 defense, completing 25 of 30 passes on several down routes.

Lawrence only completed eight passes of more than 10 yards, but his efficiency meant the Colts died a slow death.

Lawrence’s QB rating of 121.5 was a career high and just the second over 100, the other being 111.9 in January’s 26-11 home win over Indianapolis.

Slowdown: 4th quarter slowdown

This falls into the nit-picking category.

With the Jaguars holding a 24-point lead in the fourth quarter, coach Doug Pederson and offensive coordinator Press Taylor went ultra-conservative.

The Jaguars had three straight three-and-outs, plus a turnover on downs on their final possession.

They ran 13 plays and attempted just three passes, amassing just 23 yards and no first downs in the final 15 minutes.

The 58,360 paying customers didn’t seem to mind the offense going nowhere with a Colts goose egg on the scoreboard.

Above: Trevor’s bodyguards

After allowing Lawrence 10 hits and being sacked twice in Week 1, the Jaguars’ offensive line made sure it had a clean pocket against Indianapolis, which didn’t come close to a sack and recorded just two quarterback hits.

Left tackle Cam Robinson made pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue almost invisible. The former Jaguar had just two tackles and a sack on Lawrence.

Above: City in a Package

It’s clear defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell’s emphasis throughout the offseason on getting turnovers is working.

After an NFL-low and franchise-low nine games in 2021, the Jaguars have three in each of their first two games.

Safeties Rayshawn Jenkins and Andre Cisco, along with rookie linebacker Devin Lloyd, all had their first interceptions as Jaguars.

Lloyd’s pick was the direct result of a Matt Ryan pass that was dropped on the line by Foley Fatukasi. Going into Monday night’s two games, the Jaguars lead the NFL with a +5 turnover margin.

Above: Centenary Veteran Salute

One of the coolest moments and loudest applause from the TIAA Bank Field crowd came when the Jaguars honored Jesse Mary Dunbar as the “Veteran of the Game.”

Dunbar, an Aviation Engineer Mate in the Navy, served in World War II repairing and repairing aircraft for fighter jets.

New York’s Niagara Falls turned 100 this year.

Above: Avoiding yellow flags

One of the Jaguars’ most troubling numbers from Week 1 was racking up an NFL-worst 13 penalties, including seven pre-snap violations.

They significantly reduced that number by being tagged just three times for 19 yards.

In addition to a call held by Cam Robinson, the Jaguars had two penalties before the snap, as Chris Claybrooks was flagged for a false start on a fourth down and the Jaguars had another penalty for too many men on the field.

Below: Room to run

The Jaguars did a much better job this week with their pass-run balance attempting 30 passes and 37 runs, which is easier when a team is constantly playing with a lead.

The only downside was that the Jaguars gained just 96 yards and averaged only 2.6 yards per attempt.

If it weren’t for James Robinson’s 37-yard run, the numbers would look a lot worse. On the other hand, it was a good sign to see J-Rob handle a 23-carry load, easing any concerns about his Achilles injury health.

Above: The Colts’ nightmare begins

In an unlikely scenario, at least given the Jaguars’ terrible record over the past eight years, they managed to record their eighth straight home win (including a game in London) over the Colts.

This is easily their best streak against any opponent.

During that eight-year home stretch, the Jaguars have outscored Indianapolis by an average margin of 29-13.

Above: View from the top

With a win over Indianapolis, the Houston Texans (0-1-1) losing and the winless Tennessee Titans (0-1) playing Monday night in Buffalo, the Jaguars stood alone Sunday night atop the AFC South with a 1-1 record.

The significance of this is that this franchise was not alone in first place after Week 2 of 2018. The Jaguars were 2-0 after wins over the New York GIants and New England Patriots.

Above: Josh Allen

Whether it’s the presence of No. 1 draft pick Travon Walker on the other side, the collective push of a better defensive line or simply his development in the NFL, pass rusher Josh Allen is off to an impressive start in 2022.

After forcing a fumble and two tackles for loss in Week 1, the 2019 first-round pick had two sacks of Colts quarterback Matt Ryan, including one in which he picked off left tackle Matt Pryor to force a fumble the Colts. Allen looks motivated and ready to have a double-digit sack season like he did as a rookie (10.5 sacks).

Gene Frenette Sports columnist at the Florida Times-Union, follow him on Twitter @genefrenette

This article originally appeared in the Florida Times-Union: Not much to complain about or be negative about in Jaguar’s Up-Down exercise

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