The Jaguars finally got QB Nick Foles back on Sunday, but unfortunately for them, it did not make much of a difference as Jacksonville was dominated by the Colts 33-13 at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Jacksonville’s defense had a hard time stopping the Colts and was dominated at the line of scrimmage. The Jaguars’ defense allowed 264 yards rushing, including a 116 yards from the Colts’ Jonathan Williams, and 109 yards and a touchdown from Marlon Mack.
“We didn’t tackle well,” Jaguars DE Calais Campbell said. “We just weren’t assignment-sound enough. We’ve got to wear it. We played ugly. This is what we have done every game. But you know, we will go back and watch the tape and figure out what we can do better.”
Foles had his moments in this game, including a 34-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Chark to put the Jaguars up 7-0 in the first quarter, but the offense was not able to put up any more points until a meaningless touchdown late in the game. However, Foles, who finished the game, completing 33 of 47 passes for 296 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 INT, still believes in himself and his teammates.
We got our butts beat pretty good,” Foles said. “That’s a good team; we’re a good team. We’re not where we want to be, but we will get to where we want to be if we keep believing in each other.”
Jacksonville is now 4-6, and at this point, they are two games out of first place in the AFC South, but according to Foles, the team can’t panic.
“I think the big thing is don’t press,” Foles said. “I think it’s easy to press in this situation and think the sky is falling and the world is over. It’s not. We’re blessed to play a game. The big thing for the guys right now is go home. You have a family at home. You have a wife, go love her and go be with her. If you have kids, go be with your kids. That’s part of life. And like I said, leadership will come from everybody because it will be looking at the film being critical of yourself (and) then going out there and improving. There will be some guys who will probably be more vocal than others.
“I think the big thing is we can’t press. We are 4-6. That is the situation. But, we can’t win six games at once. We’re going to have our opportunity to look at this game, improve on this game next week, and then we’re going to prepare for the next game. It’s as simple as that.”
The Jaguars got beat up the past two games against division foes, and have another division game coming up next week against the Titans. This was the most significant stretch of their season, and to lose the way they did against the Texans and Colts is very disappointing. It’s not over for Jacksonville, but it’s getting very close.