Colts Suffer Worst Loss of Season Against Jacksonville 27-0
INDIANAPOLIS-Murphy's law says "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong."
That law seemed to describe the type of day the Indianapolis Colts had Sunday afternoon against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jacksonville dominated from the outset and went on to win 27-0.
The Colts suffered their first regular season shut out loss since they lost to New England 38-0 on December 26, 1993. It was Jacksoville's first shut out victory since they beat the New York Jets 41-0 on October 8, 2006.
It started on the opening drive when the Jaguars traveled 75 yards in 12 plays and capped it off with a 1-yard touchdown run by Chris Ivory. Ivory was filling in for lead running back Leonard Fournette who did not play for Jacksonville. He sat out with an ankle injury. Fournette came into Sunday as the NFL's 2nd leading rusher.
The Jags upped the advantage to 14-0 with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Blake Bortles to tight end Marcedes Lewis and later tacked on 2 field goals to make it 20-0 by halftime. At the half, Jacksonville had 344 total yards while the Colts had just 72. They ended up outgaining the Colts 518 to 232.
T.J. Yeldon put the icing on the cake for Jacksonville by scoring on a 58-yard touchdown run to make it 27-0 with 5:58 left in the 3rd quarter. Neither team would score after that.
The Colts were also bitten by the injury bug in the first half. Safety Melvin Hooker, linebacker John Simon, and safety Rashaan Melvin all left the game in the first half. Melvin suffered a concussion, Hooker came out with a knee injury, and Simon had a stinger. Center Ryan Kelly left the game in the 3rd quarter with a hamstring injury.
Penalties also didn't help the men who wear the horsehoe. They were penalized 5 times for 55 yards.
Indianapolis didn't reach 100 yards of total offense until the final stages of the 3rd quarter.
Colts Quarterback Jacoby Brissett was sacked 10 times and completed 22 of 37 passes for 200 yards.
Jags Quarterback Blake Bortles completed 18 of 26 passes for 330 yards with a touchdown. His season high in passing was 244 yards coming into the game. He had 282 in the first half.
Jacksonville is tied for the lead with Tennessee in the AFC South with a 4-3 record. Indianapolis is 2-5 with the defeat (last in the AFC South).
UP NEXT: Indianapolis will play at Cincinnati next Sunday at 1 pm; Jacksonville is on a bye week. Jacksonville and Indy will play each other again December 3rd.