Jaguars drop 50-burger on Colts behind dominant half

The Jacksonville Jaguars (5-8) set a franchise scoring record and kept their playoff hopes alive in a 51-16 win over the the Indianapolis Colts (6-7) on Sunday at EverBank Field. Here's what you need to know:

  1. This was a strange game. The Jaguars' offense struggled to move the ball in the first two quarters, were booed by the home fans and actually went into the half down 16-12. In the second half, they scored a touchdown every time they got the ball. Allen Hurns started the third quarter with an 80-yard touchdown reception and Rashad Greene turned the game into a boat race with a 73-yard punt return for six. Jacksonville outscored Indianapolis 42-3 in the second half.
  1. Blake Bortles has made the leap. The second-year quarterback threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score, all of the damage coming in the second half. Bortles now has eight touchdowns in the past two weeks and 30 on the season against just nine interceptions. He has all the look of a franchise passer the team can build around for years. In other words, the Jacksonville braintrust hit a home run.
  1. If I'm the Colts, I'm not even comfortable putting Andrew Luck back on the field with this offensive line. Frank Gore had nowhere to go and Matt Hasselbeck took multiple hard hits before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a rib injury. The pounding is starting to take a toll on the 40-year-old passer.
  1. This will be a happy week in Jacksonville, but you have to wonder how much patience Gus Bradley has left for kicker Jason Myers, who missed his seventh extra point of the season in the second quarter. Myers has a better percentage on field-goal attempts than PATs. Don't be surprised if Jacksonville auditions kickers in the coming days.
  1. Chemistry between Bortles and Julius Thomas continues to build. The veteran tight end caught a touchdown for the fourth-consecutive week. The Jaguars' offense is starting to come together, good news for a team that could be just one game out in the AFC South by Monday.
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