8:30 PM ET, October 22, 2007
EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio tossed aside his black jacket before Monday night's game even began.It wasn't long before Indianapolis undressed the rest of his team.Yep, all that talk about the defending Super Bowl champions being better this season just might be true.The Colts dominated every aspect of their showdown against Jacksonville, easily winning 29-7 and once again taking charge in the AFC South. They also moved a step closer to setting up an undefeated matchup with New England (7-0). The teams meet Nov. 4.
|The Colts have been getting overshadowed by the Patriots this season, but head to head they compare favorably.|
Jones-Drew sprained his left knee with a little more than a minute to play, but X-rays were negative and he should be fine. ... Keith left the game with a bruised forehead but later returned. ... The Colts finished with 384 yards; the Jaguars managed 226 and had three turnovers.
The Colts answered a lot of questions. Their defensive front did a great job of slowing down Jacksonville's powerful ground game. Indy played with solid gap responsibility and stayed home, plugging up the running lanes and not allowing the Jaguars to control the line of scrimmage. Strong safety Bob Sanders was a force, sometimes lining up as the eighth man in the box and sometimes playing a deep safety. He made crucial tackles on run support and came up with one interception as well as two pass deflections. With Sanders in the box the Jags abandoned their ground game too soon and too often, which meant short drives, since their passing game couldn't sustain drives. That put the ball back into the hands of the potent Colts offense.
-- Doug Kretz, Scouts Inc.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.3||3.4|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||00:27||Kenton Keith 3 Yd Run (Adam Vinatieri Kick)||7||0|
|TD||05:25||Peyton Manning 1 Yd Run (Adam Vinatieri Kick)||14||0|
|FG||00:29||Adam Vinatieri 36 Yd||17||0|
|TD||09:23||Maurice Jones-Drew 1 Yd Run (John Carney Kick)||17||7|
|SF||04:35||Quinn Gray Tackled By Dwight Freeney In End Zone||19||7|
|FG||13:34||Adam Vinatieri 20 Yd||22||7|
|TD||03:58||Dallas Clark 35 Yd Pass From Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri Kick)||29||7|