It wasn’t pretty but the Jacksonville Jaguars were able to defeat the Indianapolis Colts 17-3 on Sunday afternoon.
As the old saying goes, a win is a win, especially when you entered the game 2-6.
The Jaguars (3-6) were opportunistic on defense and beat up on the Peyton Manning-less Colts, who fell to 0-10 on the season.
Jacksonville had five sacks, with defensive end Jeremy Mincey logging three. Mincey also hit backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky in the fourth quarter, as he was releasing the ball and defensive tackle Tyson Alualu came up with Jacksonville’s second interception.
The Jaguars capitalized on the turnover as Maurice Jones-Drew battled ahead for a three-yard touchdown to give the Jaguars a game-clinching 17-3.
Jones-Drew had a phenomenal game in which he ran for 114 yards on 25 carries to surpass 6,000 career yards on the ground.
The game was tied 3-3 at half time. Josh Scobee made a 44-yard field goal in the first quarter, putting him at 15-of-15 on the season. His streak ended though when he missed a field goal wide right before the half.
Jacksonville took the lead in the third quarter when Blaine Gabbert delivered a beautiful ball to Jarrett Dillard for an 11-yard score. Dillard was the
NCAA’s career leader in touchdown receptions (60) when he left Rice but this was the third-year veteran’s first touchdown in the NFL.
Dillard had two receptions for 30 yards while another unlikely target, Chastin West , led the Jaguars with 39 receiving yards on three catches. Gabbert had his ups and downs, finishing 14-of-21 for 118 yards, a touchdown and a red-zone interception in the first quarter.