Sunday, October 3, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Jaguars 31, Colts 28
By Paul Kuharsky
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A few quick observations from Jacksonville's 31-28 victory against the Indianapolis Colts.
What it means: The Jaguars and David Garrard can play well. They got a great effort in front of a spirited crowd and pulled to a 2-2 record thanks to a 59-yard last-second field goal from Josh Scobee. They’re even with the Colts in the standings and have the edge with the head-to-head win. The Colts are 2-2, with an 0-2 mark in the AFC South.
What I liked, Jags: Garrard played so much better than he had over the last two miserable weeks. With a rusher bearing down on a crucial third-and-4 near midfield, he stood in and hit Tiquan Underwood, who shrugged off Kelvin Hayden and converted. Garrard converted another third down with a run. He then threw a go-ahead touchdown to Maurice Jones-Drew on a third down after a bad penalty backed the Jaguars up. Garrard connected with Underwood again on the pass that got Scobee in range.
What I liked Jags, Part II: They still gave up plays, but the Jaguars much-maligned safeties produced some too. Gerald Alexander walloped Brody Eldridge to pop a ball loose and Anthony Smith picked it off near the goal line. Later Smith was in on forcing Wayne’s fumble that Alexander scooped and returned 47 yards. Those two red-zone takeaways were a huge part of the result.
What I liked, Colts: Reggie Wayne’s huge day. He caught a franchise record 15 passes for a career-high 196 yards and was a crucial cog in the Colts’ ability to keep things moving. It was more than enough to offset a fumble in the red zone that temporarily stalled the Colts.
What’s next: The Jaguars travel to Buffalo with a bit of insight from their new backup quarterback, Trent Edwards. The Colts host undefeated Kansas City, which is coming off a bye.