Week 2 Game Recap: Jacksonville Jaguars 3, Indianapolis Colts 10
What you need to know
Byron Leftwich was under pressure from a tenacious Colts’ pass rush throughout most of the game. Late in the fourth quarter, Leftwich was injured while trying to recover a bobbled snap when Colts’ lineman Raheem Brock hit him behind the left knee while several defenders hit him in front sending Leftwich awkwardly to the turf. He stayed on the ground grasping the left leg before hobbling to the sideline. Leftwich did return to the game but did show a noticeable limp.
The Jaguars’ defense, despite losing safety Donovin Darius with a sprained left knee in the second quarter, shut down and frustrated Colts’ quarterback Peyton Manning. The Jacksonville defense denied Manning from throwing a touchdown pass, held him to below 50% completion rate and a mere 122 yards and one interception.
Veteran wide receiver Jimmy Smith became just the 12th player in NFL history to record 800 career receptions with a catch in the second quarter.
Fred Taylor had a nice game on the ground for Jacksonville despite not scoring a touchdown. Taylor finished the game with 81 yards on 16 carries for a very respectable average of just over five yards per carry.
Special teams helped set up the only score for the Jaguars on the day as rookie running back Alvin Pearman took a poorly punted ball into Colts territory with his 24 yard return.
In a game dominated by defense, the Indianapolis Colts showed their defense can win games when the offense struggles. After coming close to a shutout in last weeks’ contest against the Baltimore Ravens, the Colts’ defense held Jacksonville to just a third quarter field goal. The defense appears vastly improved thus far in 2005 after finishing the 2004 season ranked 29th overall.
Peyton Manning had a dismal game for fantasy owners this week with just 122 yards passing, no touchdowns and an interception. Manning seemed very anxious in the pocket trying to hurry his passes downfield and often overthrowing his intended receiver. Although he was not sacked in the game Manning did seem unable to plant his feet and follow through with his passes due to the Jacksonville pass rush. Manning and the Colts’ offense actually received some boos from the fans in the third quarter as the team struggled to sustain a drive.
Edgerrin James was the most productive player in the Colts’ offense as he carried the load in the second half and showed power in his running game. James rushed for 128 yards in the game and led the Colts with 39 receiving yards.
Dallas Clark returned at tight end this week for the Colts but only caught one pass and was not a factor in the game.
What you ought to know
|QB Byron Leftwich, Pass: 16 - 29 - 198 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 11 - 0|
Leftwich played like a warrior continuing to fight after taking several punishing shots from the Colts’ defense. He showed his toughness late in the game after sustaining an obvious injury to his leg, he returned for the Jaguars’ final drive of the game. Even in the final drive he hung on to the ball until the last possible second waiting for his receiver to clear and was pounded into the turf by Colts DE Dwight Freeney but hobbled to the line of scrimmage to spike the ball and give the Jaguars one last shot at the end zone. His last pass attempt for Jimmy Smith in the end zone was defended by the Colts as time expired. Leftwich put up better numbers than Manning, completing 16 of 29 attempts for 198 yards and no interception but also no touchdowns.
|RB Fred Taylor, Rush: 16 - 81 - 0, Rec: 3 - 18 - 0 (4 targets)|
Taylor posted some pretty good numbers in the game with 89 yards on just 16 carries. He looks almost 100% recovered from his off season knee surgery and should continue to put up decent rushing numbers as long as he stays healthy. Taylor was able to make sharp cuts and was not afraid to tuck his helmet and power his way for a few extra yards. In the first half, it appeared the Jaguars were going to use Taylor as the workhorse rushing for 66 yards on 11 carries but in the second half Jacksonville showed impatience with the run and moved to a passing attack.
Jones was not a factor in the game for fantasy owners but did have an explosive 27 yard run through a gaping hole off left tackle in the first quarter.
Toefield did not have any rushing yardage in the game and clearly was not a factor with his two receptions for six yards in the game.
Williams led the Jaguar receivers with four receptions. He managed just 38 yards with his longest reception being 15 yards.
Jimmy Smith owners were disappointed with this week’s performance after Smith’s huge game last week. Smith finished the game with 49 yards on just three receptions. He was a target in the end zone on Jacksonville’s only scoring drive but was unable to come down in bounds with both feet. Smith was also the intended receiver on the last play of the game in the end zone but fell due to incidental contact with the Colts’ defender and the pass was knocked to the ground. On a 21 yard reception in the second quarter, Smith became just the 12th receiver in NFL history to record 800 receptions.
|WR Matt Jones, Rush: 2 - 7 - 0, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (3 targets)|
Jones had just one reception in the game for nine yards in the fourth quarter. He did have two rushing attempts for just six yards. Jones did have a 21 yard catch nullified in the fourth quarter after it was ruled on the field that quarterback Byron Leftwich’s knee had touch the ground before throwing the pass.
Wilford had just one reception in the game for 25 yards late in the fourth quarter and was not a factor for fantasy owners.
Owens was not a factor as a receiver and saw his only target with 24 seconds remaining in the game. He was given the opportunity to debut as the punt returner this week and was very shaky as he fumbled two attempts but both were recovered by Jacksonville.
Jones had a nice reception and run after the catch for 41 yards from deep in Jacksonville territory that took the Jaguars close to midfield.
Brady had just one reception in the game, early in the second quarter for 12 yards.
Scobee made one of two field goal attempts in the game. He missed his first attempt in the first quarter from 42 yards away as he hooked the ball wide left. He provided the only points for the Jaguars in the third quarter splitting the uprights from 28 yards away.
The Jaguars’ rush defense gave up a total of 146 yards on the ground with Edgerrin James accounting for 128 yards of the damage. They also gave up the only touchdown of the game on a six yard run in the fourth quarter.
The Jacksonville pass defense played an excellent game confusing and frustrating Colts’ quarterback Peyton Manning. The Jaguars held Manning to just 122 yards passing, no touchdowns and one interception. Former Colts’ linebacker Mike Peterson picked off the Manning pass as the Colts were in scoring position on their first series of the game. Safety Donovin Darius left the game with a sprained left knee in the second quarter while playing on special teams.
Manning just looked down right awful in the game. He did not appear to be in sync with his receivers at all in the game and was frequently off the mark with his passes. Coach Tony Dungy commented that Manning even looked off in pre game warm-ups. Manning finished the game with just 122 yards passing, no touchdown and an interception. Manning finished the game with a quarterback passer rating of 44, one of the worst of his career. He was very unsettled in the pocket and appeared to be forcing his passes. He was able to orchestrate the fourth quarter 88 yard drive that put the Colts in the end zone but most of that was due to the running of Edgerrin James.
James ran for 128 yards and did most of the work on the scoring drive accounting for 64 total yards on the 88 yard drive. On the scoring drive James even took a direct snap for five yards. He played a terrific game and welcomed the workhorse role that started from the outset of the game. The Colts needed results from James with the passing game struggling and he did not let the team down. He had several nice cutbacks and showed some running power breaking tackles for additional yardage. James was also the leading receiver for the Colts with four receptions for 39 yards. This was the first time in his career that he has rushed for over 100 yards against the Jaguars. James came off the field with the Colts having first and goal but it was not apparent whether he was exhausted or having problems with his helmet which the announcers had suggested.
Carthon made his appearance in the fourth quarter relieving Edgerrin James. Ran had just five yards in the game on six carries but did score the lone touchdown of the game on a six yard burst off right tackle just barely breaking the plane of the goal. It was the first touchdown of Carthon’s career.
Rhodes managed four carries in the game for ten yards but was not a factor in the Colts running game.
Mungro had just one carry in the game for three yards and like Rhodes was not a factor in the game.
Wayne caught two of his three receptions on the fourth quarter touchdown drive and contributed with only 19 yards for the game. He was an end zone target from about 22 yards away on the Colts’ first possession but the pass was slightly overthrown by Manning that went off Wayne’s hands.
Harrison had a disappointing game with just three receptions for 36 yards. His first reception did not come until late in the second quarter. Harrison had a couple of dropped passes in the game that he usually catches effortlessly. He and Manning will have to wait until next week to see if the can break the NFL record for most yards passing by a quarterback/receiver combination as many expected this would be the game as they needed just 60 yards coming into the game.
Stokley’s production suffered this week along with the other receivers due to Manning’s performance. He had two catches for 24 yards compared to last week’s seven receptions for 83 yards. Stokley had a couple of his targets sail over his head that could have helped his fantasy numbers slightly.
After sitting out last week’s game with an injury, Clark returned this week and was not productive for owners. Clark had just one reception for four yards and did not get many looks from Manning throughout the game.
Vanderjagt was perfect on his only attempts of the game. He made his only extra point attempt in the fourth quarter and connected from 41 yards away on his only field goal attempt.
The Indianapolis rush defense kept Fred Taylor out of the end zone although they did give up 128 total yards on the ground.
The Colts’ pass defense put pressure on Leftwich during most of the game and was instrumental in the victory. The Colts’ pass rush turned up the heat on Leftwich in the second quarter and didn’t let up for the rest of the game. Defensive tackle Montae Reagor led the Colts pass rush with three sacks in the game. Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis and Raheem Brock each had a sack in the contest. The Indianapolis pass defense held Leftwich to under 200 yards passing.