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NFL Week 18 Game Recap: Jacksonville Jaguars 26, Indianapolis Colts 11

Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) drops back to pass in the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

In the biggest upset of the 2021-22 NFL season, Trevor Lawrence put together his best passing performance of the season to help the Jacksonville Jaguars derail the Indianapolis Colts‘ playoff chances with a wire-to-wire victory, 26-11.

Lawrence finished with 223 yards and two passing touchdowns, bouncing back from his woeful effort last week versus the New England Patriots.

Despite the victory, Jacksonville still secured the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft for a second consecutive season.

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Jacksonville Jaguars

Quarterback

Trevor Lawrence is set to earn the best passing grade of his rookie year in Week 18. The Clemson product finished with a pending 89.3 mark that featured three big-time throws, no turnover worthy-plays and an 81.8 % adjusted completion percentage.

Running back

Ryquell Armstead finished with 52 rushing yards, two rushing first downs and an explosive play en route to a pending 69.4 rushing grade on just nine carries.

Wide Receivers/Tight ends

Marvin Jones Jr. snagged seven of his nine targets for 88 yards and his fourth touchdown of the year. He made five first-down grabs and three explosive pass-catching plays. He also led the wideout group with a 13.3-yard average depth of target.

Offensive Line

The Jaguars' offensive line allowed just eight pressures, including only one sack, to earn what should be an 80.0 pass-blocking grade. Rookie left tackle Walker Little finished with a 79.0 pass-blocking grade on first review, giving up just two pressures.

Defensive Line

Roy Robertson-Harris lived in the Colts’ backfield, finishing the afternoon with seven pressures and an 81.0 pass-rushing grade on first review.

Linebackers

Myles Jack and Damien Wilson combined for just one run stop. In coverage, Jack allowed 58 yards on four catches, while Wilson snagged an interception on one of two targets into his primary coverage.

Secondary

Rookies Andre Cisco and Tyson Campbell both finished first review with 70.0-plus coverage grades. Cisco recorded three tackles and a run stop to finish with a pending 79.7 run-defense grade.

Indianapolis Colts

Quarterback

It was another woeful passing performance from Carson Wentz. While he buoyed his overall grade with two big-time throws, he also made two costly turnover-worthy plays and didn’t surpass 200 yards passing for the sixth time this season.

Running back

Future All-Pro Jonathan Taylor didn’t handle the usual rushing workload he’s normally responsible for, as the Colts were down early and often. He did record 59 yards after contact, three rushing first downs and 77 rushing yards overall on just 15 carries to finish with a pending 70.6 rushing grade. 

Wide Receivers/Tight ends

Michael Pittman Jr. snagged seven of his eight targets, with one going for a score to complete his 66-yard day. Four of his seven grabs went for first downs, and one was an explosive play. 

Tight end Jack Doyle registered just one catch for 11 yards on two targets. He dropped the other target, which will plummet his overall grade on the day.

Offensive Line

The normally top-tier Colts offensive line allowed 19 pressures — 14 hurries, a hit and four sacks — during a dismal outing. Quenton Nelson surrendered three total pressures — two hurries and a sack — to break his four-game streak of staying clean in pass protection.

Defensive Line

Two total pressures and two hurries from Kwity Paye made up for a quiet pass-rushing outing by the Colts' defensive line.

Linebackers

Darius Leonard registered two run stops and should finish with an 80.0-plus run-defense grade. No Colts linebacker gave up more than 20 yards in coverage.

Secondary

Kenny Moore II registered his third-lowest coverage grade of the season (41.4), pending final review, after allowing four first-down grabs and two touchdowns into his primary coverage.

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