No Leonard Fournette, no issue for the Jacksonville Jaguars as they cruised to a 27-0 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Running backs Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon each toted the ball for a touchdown in the rout as QB Blake Bortles was sharp throwing the ball, completing 18-of-26 passes for 330 yards and a touchdown.
Jacksonville seized control of this game early with a score on their opening drive before heading to halftime with a 20-0 lead. Yeldon bounced to the end zone on a 58-yard scamper midway through the third quarter to end the scoring for the Jaguars with this one well in hand. With that, we give you our PFF exclusive takeaways from the contest for each team.
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Performances of Note:
RB T.J. Yeldon, 87.1 overall grade
Seeing his first action of the season, Yeldon was a more than adequate substitute for the inactive Leonard Fournette. Rotating with Chris Ivory, Yeldon kept hold of the ball where Ivory fumbled and provided the explosive plays capping his nine-carry performance with a 58-yard touchdown run, exploiting a bust in the Colts’ defensive front before lunging for the pylon for his first score since Week 1 of last season. When all was said and done, he averaged 9.56 yards after contact per attempt.
TE Marcedes Lewis, 87.6 overall grade
Lewis has been back to his best as a run blocker this season and adding a touchdown on a fade over Mathias Farley was the icing on the cake for the veteran tight end. Lewis kept the Colts’ edge defenders quiet in terms of run stops and his week-to-week consistency as a run blocker is making this Lewis’ best season as a run blocker in the last five years.
LB Telvin Smith, 86.6 overall grade
Smith showed off why he is one of the best coverage linebackers in the league. In 49 snaps in coverage, Smith was targeted only three times, allowing two receptions for only eight yards. That was good enough for an 85.6 coverage grade. Smith also was a factor in run defense with an 81.4 run defense grade and registered a stop in run defense.
CB Jalen Ramsey, 85.1 overall grade
Ramsey was the best performer in the stellar Jaguars secondary against the Colts. The Jaguars held Colts star WR T.Y. Hilton to 27 yards on two receptions. Ramsey was thrown at seven times, allowing four receptions for 38 yards, and added two pass defenses. When targeting Ramsey, Colts QB Jacoby Brissett had a 72.3 passer rating.
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G Jeremy Vujnovich, 78.0 overall grade
While there may have not been too many solid performances on the Colts offensive side of the ball, Vujnovich was one of them. On 51 snaps in pass protection, Vujnovich allowed only one hit, which was good for a 84.1 pass protection grade.
TE Jack Doyle, 78.0 overall grade
Not many weapons showed up for the Colts on Sunday, but Doyle provided a reliable option underneath for QB Jacoby Brissett. He caught 6-of-7 targets for 44 yards, not dropping a single one of the catchable passes thrown his way.
DE Henry Anderson, 78.8 overall grade
One sack and three stops made this Anderson’s most productive display of the season to date, the first time he has racked up three stops in a game since Week 17 last season. Bright points were few and far between with for the Colts’ defense as the Jags controlled the game but a first sack since his second career game is as close as Colts’ fans can get to optimism in this game.
OLB Barkevious Mingo, 71.5 overall grade
Mingo racked up a season-high 41 snaps, after playing only 30 in the last three weeks combined, and matched his pass-rush production for the season to date (three pressures) in the process. This was the first time since the 2015 season that Mingo recorded three pressures in a game.
PFF Game Ball: T.J. Yeldon, RB
*Grades are subject to change upon review