JACKSONVILLE – The confines of the ‘Bank got a bit cozier Sunday.
The Jaguars made sure of it in convincing fashion.
Quarterback Blake Bortles threw two touchdown passes and rookie running back Leonard Fournette ran for another – and the result was a 30-10 victory for the Jaguars over the Indianapolis Colts in front of 61,207 at Everbank Field Sunday afternoon.
It was the Jaguars’ third consecutive victory at EverBank Field. They are 4-2 there under Head Coach Doug Marrone.
The Jaguars improved 8-4 with the victory. The Colts are now 3-9.
The victory also ensured the Jaguars of finishing .500 or better for the first time since they finished 8-8 in 2010. It was the Jaguars’ fourth victory over the Colts in the teams’ last five meetings.
Bortles completed 26 of 35 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Fournette rushed for 57 yards on 20 carries and a third-quarter touchdown.
The Jaguars’ defense played without linebacker Telvin Smith, who missed the game with a concussion sustained last week in Arizona. Smith was the first Jaguars defensive starter to miss a game this season.
Jacksonville registered four sacks and held Indianapolis to 290 total yards. The Jaguars sacked Brissett 10 times in a 27-0 victory over Indianapolis in mid-October.
Defensive end Calais Campbell registered a sack in the first quarter. That gave him 12.5 for the season, breaking the franchise record of 12 set by Tony Brackens in 1999.
Brissett completed 21 of 36 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions.
Step by step:
*Bortles’ four-yard pass to wide receiver Marqise Lee gave the Jaguars a 7-0 lead and capped an 11-play, 80-yard drive on the Jaguars’ first possession. A 29-yard pass from punter Brad Nortman to tight end James O’Shaughnessy extended the drive; Bortles went 6 for 8 on the drive for 68 yards and finished the first quarter completing 7 of 11 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown. …
*Josh Lambo’s 30-yard field goal with 12:46 remaining in the second quarter pushed the lead to 10-0, and the Colts drove immediately for a 27-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri that cut the Jaguars’ lead to 10-3 with 7:02 remaining in the half. Bortles’ eight-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Keelan Cole capped the ensuing possession and gave the Jaguars a 16-3 lead after the point-after failed because of a low snap. Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey intercepted Brissett at the Jaguars 7 with :33 remaining in the half; that was Ramsey’s third interception of the season.
*The Jaguars pushed the lead to 24-3 when Fournette’s five-yard run capped an eight-play, 67-yard drive on the first possession of third quarter. Brissett passed 40 yards to wide receiver T.Y. Hilton on the ensuing drive to cut the Jaguars’ lead to 24-10. Lambo’s 23-yard field goal with :34 remaining in the quarter pushed the Jaguars’ lead to 27-10. Lambo’s 39-yard field goal with 2:53 remaining made it 30-10, Jaguars.
Notable: The Jaguars held the Colts scoreless on the game’s opening possession Sunday; the Jaguars have yet to allow a point on opponents’ first possessions at EverBank Field this season. … When Bortles threw to wide receiver Dede Westbrook on the Jaguars’ first offensive play of the game, it marked the first time this season the Jaguars have called a pass play on their first play from scrimmage. … Nortman’s pass to O’Shaughnessy was the first pass of Nortman’s career; it was the third successful fake punt this season for the Jaguars. … Right tackle Jermey Parnell started after missing the last three games with a knee injury. …
Injury report: Jaguars rookie left tackle Cam Robinson sustained an ankle injury in the third quarter and returned in the fourth quarter; Josh Walker replaced him in the lineup and played his first snaps of the season. … Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey sustained a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter and returned. …. Jaguars center Brandon Linder left in the first quarter with an ankle injury and returned on the same series; Tyler Shatley replaced him in the lineup. … Cornerback Aaron Colvin left briefly in the first quarter to have his shoulder examined but returned on the same series. …. Jaguars inactives Sunday: Cornerback Jalen Myrick, nose tackle Eli Ankou, offensive tackle Josh Wells (concussion), offensive tackle William Poehls, guard Patrick Omameh (quadriceps) and wide receiver Allen Hurns (ankle). Wells started the last three games in place of Parnell; Omemah missed a third consecutive game, as did Hurns. Reed started for Omameh for a third consecutive game, and Cole started in place of Hurns for a third consecutive game.
What’s next: The Jaguars are scheduled to play the Seattle Seahawks at EverBank Field Sunday, December 10 at 4:25 p.m.