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The Day After: Colts 23, Jaguars 17

11.15 The Day After

JACKSONVILLE – A day after, senior writer John Oehser examines the Jaguars' 23-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in a 2021 Week 10 game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., Sunday

1. The offensive struggles are real … The Jaguars have scored 33 points in the last three games, with the two on Sunday being their only meaningful touchdowns during that span. They went three-and-out on six of their first seven possessions Sunday. "It was awful," Head Coach Urban Meyer said, adding of Sunday's first half: "It was an accumulation of errors."

2. … but all is not lost. The Jaguars were ineffective for large stretches offensively Sunday. But they did produce a 66-yard first-half touchdown run by wide receiver Jamal Agnew. And they were more effective later, with a 48-yard drive to open the third quarter ending in a missed 51-yard field goal and a 65-yard drive two series later ending with a one-yard touchdown dive by running back James Robinson. "They responded," Meyer said. "Out of sync is probably not a strong enough word or description of that offense. But then second half you came down with the ball in your hand and had a chance to go win it."

3. Meyer's belief remains strong. Meyer afterward: "One thing about that locker room, they fight for each other, they care about each other."

4. Lawrence is struggling statistically … Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence after three consecutive games with passer ratings of 90 or more has had a rating below 70 each of the last three games. He completed 16 of 35 passes for 162 yards and no touchdowns with no interceptions Sunday for a rating of 59.5 – his lowest rating since Week 2. "I have to be consistently more accurate," Lawrence said. "If I'm putting the ball where it's supposed to be more consistently, we're not going to have as many drops. We definitely have to clean it up. We're having a few too many. For me, I'm frustrated, because I don't think I'm throwing the ball as well as I can, and we have to be cleaner."

5. … but it's not all Lawrence. The Jaguars' season-long issues with drops continued Sunday, with at least five. The wide receivers also continued to struggle to get separation and make big plays, with Marvin Jones Jr. leading the group Sunday with 35 yards on two receptions.

6. Meyer's belief in Lawrence remains strong … Meyer afterward: "You'll continue to hear this as long as I'm around: When a quarterback plays great, everyone else around him plays great – and when the quarterback really struggles you can find it everywhere."

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7. … and the team continues to believe in Lawrence, too. Meyer, asked if he worried the losses could affect Lawrence, said the team rallied around the rookie quarterback Sunday. "We pick each other up so it's kind of neat to see what happened in there afterwards," Meyer said. "He's got a lot on his shoulders right now and that's why everybody around him has to play a little better." Tight end Dan Arnold: "I have all the faith in him that he is going to be a tremendous player, not only for the rest of this year, but also for 10-15 years. He knows that too. He's going to get there; these are just growing pains. We have a bunch of guys around that are going to support him no matter what and that's really all there is to it."

8. The defensive improvement is real … The Jaguars, after allowing 368 yards or more in each of the first five games, haven't allowed more than 301 in the last three games. They have allowed just one touchdown defensively in the last two games.

9. … the team's resilience is, too. The Jaguars trailed 17-0 late in the first quarter before rallying to within 20-17. They took possession with 2:22 remaining trailing 23-17, but Lawrence lost a fumble at the Colts 45 with :50 remaining. "They're on the road against a very good team, they played their tails off," Meyer said. "It wasn't pretty, but they could have sucked their thumb and left after the second quarter like you see some teams do, but they didn't do that. So, I hate to use word 'proud,' but I am." Arnold: "The greatest attribute of this team would be that no matter what people say about us, we're always going to keep on fighting. We're just a group of cats that are going to go out there and keep on playing no matter what."

10. Josh Allen continues to shine (among others on the defensive front). The third-year defensive end had a fourth consecutive standout game Sunday, registering three quarterback hurries. Hat tip, too, to defensive tackle Taven Bryan with a second consecutive impact game (one tackle for loss, two quarterback hurries). Defensive tackle Malcom Brown had two tackles for loss, defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton had a sack and defensive linemen Roy Robertson-Harris had a pass defensed.

11. Meyer's not settling … Don't take Meyer's pride in the team's resilience as accepting losing. "Enough with the almost, almost, almost," he said. "When we figure that out, that's when you win."

12. … and neither is Lawrence. Lawrence afterward: "We're pissed off. We had a chance to win that game. We should have won that game and didn't."

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