The Jaguars’ 31-21 victory over the Colts in Week 1 of 2023 is broken down into five key plays

  1. Scraaaamble, as well as six. In Calvin Ridley’s first game in nearly two years, the Jaguars and quarterback Trevor Lawrence quickly ensured that he had a significant impact on the game. Lawrence passed to Ridley four times on a nine-play, 61-yard drive that resulted in the Jaguars’ first touchdown after their first possession ended in a three-and-out. Ridley, who was acquired from the Atlanta Falcons in a trade in November of last year, caught a 24-yard pass to the Colts’ 25 and gave the Jaguars a first down. Lawrence scrambled left after rolling right on third-and-7 from the Colts’ nine. With 5:18 remaining in the first quarter, he found Ridley wide open on that side of the end zone for a nine-yard touchdown and a 7-0 Jaguars lead. Ridley, who caught eight passes for 101 yards and a touchdown, said, “I’m so happy we got the game.” I’m a player who prioritizes winning. I want to play well and feel good, but I also want to win the game. It was perfect. It’s obvious that we need to improve a lot, but it was fun and we got a win.”
  2. Biiiiiig stops. From the end of the first quarter into the second, the Colts gained momentum. To start with, new kid on the block quarterback Anthony Richardson’s two-yard quarterback draw tied the score 7-7 on the primary play of the subsequent quarter. The Colts’ cornerback Tony Brown then returned an interception 34 yards to the Jaguars’ 25 after it bounced off of rookie running back Tank Bigsby. Pumas’ protective lineman Foley Fatukasi plugged a run by Richardson up the center on fourth-and-one from the Panthers 16 to end that danger. Adam Gotsis, a defensive lineman, stopped a pass from Richardson on fourth-and-four from the Jaguars’ 42 and kept the score 7-7.

“Assuming that everything without a doubt revolved around the offense, we would’ve been in a difficult situation today,” Lawrence said. ” We lift one another up. We benefit from each other. That is the very thing makes groups perfect, and we need to keep on doing that. There will be seven days where we need to get our guard. This week they got a few gigantic stops for us that we truly required. They played perfect. Caps off to them.”

  1. Wow. The Jaguars took the lead late in the second quarter after a spectacular throw and catch by Lawrence to wide receiver Zay Jones. The Jaguars used seven plays to drive 57 yards on the series after Gotsis’ pass defense. Ridley made an impressive catch and run on one of those plays, gaining 29 yards to the Colts’ 16-yard line. Lawrence completed a long pass to the right side of the end zone on second-and-12. With 4:56 left in the second quarter, Jones caught the pass just inside the sideline and got his knee down in bounds for an 18-yard touchdown and a 14-7 Jaguars lead.
  2. Oof. The early second from last quarter went weighty against the Panthers. After the kickoff in the second half, they went three and out, and the Colts got possession at their 37 after the punt. After a penalty gave the Colts first-and-25 at the Jaguars’ 35, the defense had a chance to leave the field. Richardson threw short to wide receiver Michael Pittman after a four-yard loss. With 11:25 remaining in the third quarter, the veteran sprinted through the Jaguars’ edge defense for a 39-yard touchdown, tying the score at 14-14.
  3. Oof II. The Foals started to lead the pack late in the second from last quarter on one of the more peculiar plays in late Pumas memory. DeForest Buckner, a defensive tackle who is a All-Pro for the Colts, sacked Lawrence to force a fumble, which Bigsby recovered. Linebacker Zaire Franklin took Bigsby from behind at the Panthers 35. Buckner then, at that point, recuperated that mishandle and returned it 26 yards for a score and a 21-17 Yearlings lead with 2:27 leftover in the second from last quarter. ” It’s fascinating because, if you ask any offensive player right now, they’ll tell you exactly what we talk about on Thursdays: grabbing every stray ball,” Pederson stated. We were all kind of frozen for some reason. It is evidently a time of learning for Tank, the offense, and the guys.” Lawrence referred to it as “sort of a strange play,” with Bigsby and different players uncertain in the event that Lawrence had mishandled or tossed deficient. ” That is an insane play and one to gain from,” he said. ” That would have been a difficult play for anyone. After recovering it, you end up punching it out. You move on and learn from it.”

5a. stepping in. Early on Sunday, the Jaguars struggled to run. They made up for it in the fourth quarter, when Bigsby set the tone with a powerful run on second-and-4 from the Colts’ five. Bigsby seemed halted prior to pushing the heap five yards for a first down at the one. On the subsequent play, he scored easily through a large middle hole. Running back Travis Etienne Jr. tested the right side of the line before running around the left for a game-winning 26-yard touchdown run with 4:08 remaining after cornerback Tyson Campbell intercepted Richardson. You need to keep on staying with that,” Pederson said of the run offense. ” It’s [offensive line coach] Phil Rauscher, [offensive coordinator] Press [Taylor] and the hostile staff confiding in that and adhering to our folks to the extent that the run game goes.”