JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — “We don’t have enough (game balls) to go around anymore,” Pagano said. “They have to order some. ... We can certainly give one to everyone on defense. Three points, the yardage and everything we talked about, just outstanding.”
Nothing was good for the home team.
Blaine Gabbert, who missed the past two games because of a hand injury, completed 17 of 32 passes for 179 yards, with three interceptions. All of them bounced off receivers’ hands.
“Too much inconsistency,” Gabbert said. “We killed ourselves on some drives.”
Maurice Jones-Drew ran 13 times for 23 yards — against the team he has his most career yards against.
“It’s the Colts,” guard Uche Nwaneri said. “That’s how I look at it. They can’t stop us from running the ball; that’s how I feel every time we play them. I don’t care who they have at quarterback. I don’t care who they got on defense. It’s the Colts.
“For us to come out and not be able to run the ball on the Colts, it’s mind-boggling. ... It’s a lot easier for a defense when they don’t have to defend the run so much.”
The Jaguars looked as pitiful as they have all season.
Cecil Shorts III bobbled two passes that wound up as interceptions for Gabbert.
Tight end Marcedes Lewis made his season debut, but ended up back in street clothes after just a few plays. Lewis re-injured his left calf, which kept him sidelined most of the preseason and the first three games.
Defensive end Jason Babin was flagged three times, including once for a late hit on Luck. His offside penalty negated an interception in the first quarter.
“I play aggressive and sometimes it bites me in the (rear),” Babin said. “The offside stuff, I’ve got to own that. I let my frustrations and wanting to make a play real bad overtake my fundamentals. I can’t do that to our team.”