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First home game of the season: Jaguars dominate in shutout win over the Colts

The Jags win 24-0 against the Colts in their home opener Sunday.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jaguars dominated the Indianapolis Colts on both sides of the ball in their 24-0 win over their AFC South Division rival. Rayshawn Jenkins intercepted Matt Ryan’s pass on the Colts opening drive of the game. 

The Jaguars would take advantage of the turnover when Trevor Lawrence hooked up with Christian Kirk for an 11 yard touchdown. In fact, Kirk finished the game 6 catches for 78 yards and 2 touchdowns. Lawrence turned in one of his finest performances in the teal and black, he was 25/30 for 235 yards and two touchdowns.

But it was the Jaguars defense that proved to be the story of the game. The Jaguars pressured Ryan all game long sacking the veteran quarterback 5 times and the defense had 3 interceptions. The Jaguars defense also kept Colts running back Jonathan Taylor in check holding him to 54 yards on 9 carries. The Colts finished the game with only 218 yards of total offense.

"Just overall, [I’m] very proud of this group, just how resilient they are to bounce back from a loss last weekend to putting things together this weekend against a divisional opponent who I have a lot of respect, obviously you know, for [Colts Head Coach] Frank [Reich] and his team. [I’m] just very proud of our guys, the way they worked in practice this week, and how they came out and really took charge of this game from the opening drive." Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson said.

It’s Doug Pederson first win as the head coach of the Jaguars. The Jaguars now have won 8 straight games at home against Indianapolis. The Colts have not won in Jacksonville since 2014. 

"I think everybody knows about them [Colts] not winning here in a while. For us it's just trying to keep that streak going, which we extended it to another year, to next year. We've still got a lot of division games left. We've still got a full season ahead of us. That's the 24-hour rule we talked about after the game. Let's enjoy it tonight, because this is a big one. It's a division win, really played well, dominated the game. We should celebrate, but when we come in tomorrow, we've got to flip the script and get ready to roll." Lawrence said. 

With the win the Jaguars are in first place in the AFC South Division. The Jaguars hit the road next Sunday to tackle the Los Angeles Chargers.

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