In Week 11, the Jaguars (4-5) travel to Indianapolis to play the Colts (5-4) in an AFC South showdown at Lucas Oil Stadium. This week’s game will be broadcast on CBS, with Andrew Catalon (play-by-play) and James Lofton (analysis). Michael Grady will report from the sidelines. Here are five notable stats and quotes surrounding Sunday’s matchup:
Foles Speed Ahead: On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Head Coach Doug Marrone announced that QB Nick Foles will be the Jaguars’ starting QB. Foles, who started Week 1 for the Jaguars prior to injuring his clavicle was activated to the 53-man roster last Tuesday. In his eight-year career, Foles has completed 979 of 1,589 passes (61.6 pct.) for 11,240 yards, 68 TDs and 33 INTs. He earned Super Bowl LII MVP honors after leading Philadelphia to its first Super Bowl victory in franchise history during the 2017 season and will be greeted by a familiar face on Sunday as Colts Head Coach Frank Reich was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator during Philadelphia’s championship run.
Quotable: ”I think people should be excited because he’s a guy that’s going to prepare meticulously to go out there and leave it all on the line. He’s a gunslinger. He’s going to go out there and let it loose. He’s a good leader of men, and he’s a guy that excites people in the huddle. Some people bend and crumble under pressure and some people really excel under it. He happens to be someone that excels at the highest level under that kind of pressure knowing there are no do-overs. He does really well at that.” – WR Chris Conley
Sacksonville: Since Head Coach Doug Marrone took over in 2017, the Jaguars have totaled 122.0 sacks, the second-most in the NFL during that span, including 17.0 against the Colts during that span. DL Calais Campbell has totaled 4.0 sacks against Indianapolis since signing with the Jaguars in 2017 while DE Yannick Ngakoue has tallied 5.5 sacks versus the Colts since entering the league in 2016, the most by any player during that span. Both Campbell and Ngakoue sacked QB Jacoby Brissett multiple times in Week 7 of the 2017 season as Jacksonville posted a franchise-record tying 10.0 sacks in a 27-0 shutout. Sunday marks DE Josh Allen’s first game against the Colts since being selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft (seventh overall). Allen’s 7.0 sacks are tied for the most in the NFL among rookies, and he is 1.0 sack away from tying the Jaguars’ rookie record set by Ngakoue by 2016.
Quotable: “You get a couple sacks early and those guys start frothing with the mouth. It is really good to see the pressure and the disruption that we have and once they get to third down, all they want to do is rush. They get excited and they see other guys and it kind of gets them even more jacked up for third down.” – Defensive Coordinator Todd Wash
Lambo’s Location: K Josh Lambo will return to the stadium where he made his Jaguars debut on Sunday and may break his own record in the process. Lambo, who made his 24th consecutive kick versus Houston in Week 9, tied for the longest streak of made FGs in franchise history, which he also owns. His 22 FGs are the third-most in the NFL, and he is the only player with at least 20 attempts to convert 100 pct. of his FG tries.
Quotable: “Josh Lambo has been lights out. He’s been automatic and he’s been automatic in pressure situations. As long as Lambo can do that and help us put points on the board and control field position with those kickoffs ... He has been everything that we need.” – WR Chris Conley
Shutouts against Indy: Jacksonville enters Sunday’s game against Indianapolis having shut out the Colts for six straight quarters – the entire game in Week 13 of the 2018 season and the final two quarters at Indianapolis in Week 10. Last year’s Week 13 shutout marked the seventh shutout in franchise history and the second against Indianapolis in their last four meetings. On Oct. 22, 2017, the Jaguars notched the team’s first road shut out in franchise history with a 27-0 victory at Indianapolis. Over the last three seasons, the Colts have only been shut out twice in 41 games, both of which came against the Jaguars.
Quotable: “When you’re looking at two games, or you’re looking at two road games, I think that you can look – you’re looking too far [is] basically what I’ve told the team. I think that I have to do a good job of making sure that where we’re doing the right things to put us in position with the two road games that might put a little wear on you as a team. But again, we’re coming off of the Bye [Week], so we had a good chance to get away and rest up really. So, my focus really isn’t thinking about the two road games in a row right now, even though that’s the truth. We know that that’s a fact that’s there. My talk with the team was, ‘Hey, let’s not get ahead. Let’s not go too far. Let’s work on what we have to do today,’ which this team has done a good job of working hard and preparing during the week and getting on our schedule so that we can have a better performance on Sunday.” – Head Coach Doug Marrone
Pro Bowl Voting: On Nov. 12, Pro Bowl voting officially opened for fans. Fans are able to vote for their favorite players online at NFL.com/ProBowlVote). Between Dec. 11 and Dec. 12, all votes via social will count as double. Voting is free and fans are encouraged to vote multiple times. Players for the game are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group's vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Friday, Dec. 14.
The Jaguars have four players previously selected to a Pro Bowl on their roster: CB A.J. Bouye (2017), DL Calais Campbell (2014, 2015, 2017, 2018), QB Nick Foles (2013) and DE Yannick Ngakoue (2017).
Quotable: “He’s one of the best receivers playing football right now. He’s making tough catches, he’s making contested catches. He’s went and got the ball when it’s low. He’s been really good after the catch. He’s found ways to get in to the end zone. He’s having a phenomenal year.” – DL Calais Campbell on WR DJ Chark Jr.