Porous defense costs Jags
runs so he could keep the clock moving.
It was the first time Indy had two 100-yard rushers in the same game since Oct. 6, 1985, and only the third time in franchise history. What happened?
“We didn’t tackle well,” Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell said. “We’ve got to wear it. We played ugly. This is what we have done every game. But we will go back and watch the tape and figure out what we can do better — figure out how to perform better because today wasn’t us.”
Right now, this is what the Jags look like on paper.
They’ve let three of their last six opponents to run for more than 200 yards, a span that began with Carolina churning out 285 in Week 5.
They’ve allowed 480 yards rushing in the past two games, 134.6 yards per week in 10 games and will likely continue sliding down the NFL rankings after starting the day No. 22 against the run.
While they did manage to prevent 330-pound All-Pro left guard Quenton Nelson from scoring on a 1-yard run, that minor victory only came after Nelson celebrated the initial call with his teammates gathering around and lifting him up before a replay review nullified the score.
But the worst part of Sunday’s performance might be the knowledge all of this came against an AFC South contender they had shut out twice in the previous four matchups — and on a day the Jags could have changed the complexion of the division race with starting quarterback Nick Foles back on the field.
Instead, they headed home with more questions than answers and a game tape that will reflect the numbers on the stat sheet.
“We understand when we stop the run we are a tough team to beat,” Campbell said. “But when teams run like they did today, we’re going to lose. No ifs, ands or buts about it. We can’t let them run like they did today and be expected to win games. I don’t care who you are.”
Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles looks for a receiver while he’s under pressure against the Colts on Sunday in Indianapolis.