Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton apologized Monday for his critical comments of the team's offensive line after the group gave up 10 sacks, which tied the franchise record for the second most given up in a game, against Jacksonville on Sunday. Blake Bortles had one of his better passing days, completing 18 of 26 for 330 yards, including a rare deep-ball completion (still underthrown) to the forgotten Keelan Cole and a ideal fade throw to TE Marcedes Lewis for a TD.
The Colts' shutout marked the first time since 1993 the team was blanked in a regular-season game.
The Colts fell to 2-5 on the season and with two straight losses to division opponents, and Indianapolis will have to dig out of a deep hole if they hope to compete for a playoff spot.
This was the ideal time to unleash Bortles and the receivers for two reasons: The Jaguars had to prepare a contingency game plan because of Fournette's injury and it included more downfield throws. The Jaguars are already scary defensively, and will only get better while youth becomes experience as the season wears on. "We had a feeling they were going to play us like teams have and put a bunch of people in the box, so we wanted to take chances down the field". We need to start up front. At the end of the day, I have their back. They outgained the Colts 518-232 (the first time they've surpassed 500 yards since September 20, 1998, against Baltimore), T.J. Yeldon ran for a career-high 122 yards, they sacked quarterback Jacoby Brissett 10 times and quarterback Blake Bortles threw for 330 yards, including a franchise-record 282 in the first half.
Bortles was 18-of-26 passing for 330 yards, one touchdown and a 124.7 rating. "Once the O-Line is back in rhythm we'll be fine".
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Rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky threw for 113 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions in his second straight start. Known as the "Windy City", current weather forecasts call for rain to accompany wind throughout the game.
Notable: The Jaguars drove 75, 70, 67 and 66 yards on their first four possessions Sunday.
"There is a lot to fix, and this one clearly is on my shoulders".
Bortles was 17 of 24 for 317 yards and a touchdown after three quarters while Brissett was 10 of 19 for 106 yards and was sacked six times.
"Jacksonville came out and played well, and after what happened today, it's our job to come back out and fix things", Brissett said. They also lost left tackle Cam Robinson (ankle) on the second offensive snap.