History repeated itself as the Jacksonville Jaguars once again took down the Indianapolis Colts in Jacksonville. The Jaguars are 4-0 against Frank Reich at home and haven’t lost a to the Colts at home since 2014.
The defense was the highlight of the day for the Jaguars, as they forced a shutout and only allowing the Colts offense to see the red zone twice. Stopping them on both fourth down attempts in the fourth quarter. Matt Ryan only completed 16 passes for 195 yards. The Jaguars defense had three interceptions and totaled five sacks on the day, leaving Ryan with a 34.0 passer rating.
What was even more impressive was how they shut down the Colts’ best offensive player, running back Jonathan Taylor. He ended the day with only 54 yards on the ground.
Here is what Doug Pederson had to say about the defense after the game. “It’s about being physical and just understanding to stay disciplined in your run fits and your eye discipline on things… It was a focus for us this week in practice and [it’s] just a credit to how hard our guys worked to understand and then eliminate the run.”
Let’s dive into the defense, specifically up front, to see how they were able to stop the Colts’ offense with pressure!
Stopping the run
The Colts entered this game battered. On defense they were out their three-time pro bowl linebacker Shaquille Leonard and cornerback Kenny Moore. On offense, they were missing two top receivers in Michael Pittman and rookie Alec Pierce.
This really made the Colts one-dimensional, so for the Jaguars, stopping Jonathan Taylor was key.
There were a couple different ways they went about this, but it all started with the pressure they brought up front. On the very first drive the Jaguars started with a five-man front.
The defensive line wanted to make the Colts believe that the middle of the field was open for the taking while clogging it at the snap. This is why they lined up in a 2-3 technique over the offensive guards, instead of over the…
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Author : Touchdown Wire
Publish date : 2022-09-21 09:07:09
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