The Jacksonville Jaguars wanted to finish the regular season on a strong note, but the several absences on both sides of the ball obliged head coach Gus Bradley to put a depleted squad on the field against the Indianapolis Colts.
Guys like Cecil Shorts III, Dwayne Gratz and the suspended Justin Blackmon were ruled out for the game and with a team hampered by several injuries, there wasn’t much the Jags could do against a Colts team that wanted to push for a strong ending of their year before the playoffs. The result? The Colts destroyed the Jaguars and won by a 30-10 score.
Even though the Jags had several players out, that’s no excuse for the lackluster play the team showed against their division rival. The Jags looked very much like the 0-8 team that started the campaign instead of the one that won four of the last seven games after the bye week. Maurice Jones-Drew – who possibly played his last game with the Jaguars – couldn’t do anything offensively, Chad Henne was widely inaccurate despite his TD pass in the last seconds, and the defense couldn’t find a way to stop Andrew Luck, who tore down Jacksonville’s secondary early and often.
It’s fair to say that, based on how the Colts played, the Jaguars probably wouldn’t have had a chance even with their team at full strength. Luck threw for 282 yards and a score, T.Y. Hilton had a career day with 155 yards in 11 receptions, and both Trent Richardson and Donald Brown found the end zone with rushing scores.
It was clearly not the end that the Jaguars fans wanted for this season, but based on how things went this year, it would’ve been too much to ask to end the year with a win on the road. The Jaguars ended their season with only four wins, and today’s game showed that the franchise has a lot of work to do to return to respectability in the NFL.