Sunday, September 29, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Colts 37, Jaguars 3
By Michael DiRocco
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A few thoughts on the Jacksonville Jaguars' 37-3 loss to the Indianapolis Colts:
What it means: This is beginning to sound like a recording, but it was another dismal offensive performance by the Jaguars. The return of starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert made no difference, and in fact, things were probably worse. But it’s unfair to put it all on Gabbert’s shoulders. He was saddled with only four healthy receivers. Two of them -- Jeremy Ebert and Tobais Palmer -- were on the practice squad on Saturday. And Jacksonville lost tight end Marcedes Lewis early in the game. One of the interceptions came after Cecil Shorts bobbled a catchable ball. The running game continues to be an issue, especially up the middle. The interior trio of Brad Meester, Will Rackley and Uche Nwaneri played better than in the first few weeks but still couldn’t generate much push. Maurice Jones-Drew ended up with only 23 yards, and the team's longest run all day was 6 yards.
Stock Watch: Shorts is the Jaguars’ only reliable receiver right now, but he didn’t have a good day -- and that was a recipe for disaster. He dropped at least three passes, including one that he bobbled that was intercepted. He had caught 16 passes in the past two games, 13 of which came when the game was well in hand. He was more productive in the first half against the Colts, but it still didn’t make any difference.
Quick return: The Jaguars’ hope that Lewis would add some spark to the offense disappeared in the first quarter, when he left the game because he aggravated a calf injury. It’s an injury that caused him to miss the first three weeks of the season -- as many games as he had missed in his previous six seasons -- and it was the third time he had hurt the calf.
What’s next: The Jaguars next play at the St. Louis Rams.