Anatomy Of The Drives: Jaguars Edition

Intro: The “Anatomy Of The Drives” series is back. Here’s a look at the four touchdown drives the Colts had in their divisional opener on Sunday afternoon.



Ahmad Bradshaw's six-yard touchdown catchThe scene: Leading 3-0 with 7:36 to play in the first quarter, the Colts took over at their own 26-yard line.The anatomy of the drive: 9 plays for 74 yards in 5:46Key play: The '1-1' punch (Trent Richardson's line to describe the Colts running backs) of Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw was back in business on Sunday. Richardson's highlight came on this drive with another great display of vision from the third-year running back. With the Colts facing a second-and-eight from the Jaguars 38-yard line, Richardson showed some patience in allowing rookie Jack Mewhort to pull to the right side of the line. Richardson then shot through the hole and cut it back towards the middle of the field for a 27-yard run, his longest with the Colts.The score: Bradshaw's touchdown came on a third-and-five with the Colts top three receivers lined up left and rookie Donte Moncrief near the line of scrimmage to the right. Out of the shotgun, Luck went through his progressions quickly knowing that Bradshaw was coming out of the backfield. Jaguars rookie linebacker Telvin Smith had his eyes drawn towards the trips left and that was enough time for Luck to find Bradshaw and for the veteran to cross the goal line for his third touchdown catch of the year.


Dwayne Allen's one-yard touchdown catchThe scene:Leading 10-0 with 0:55 to play in the first quarter, the Colts took over at their own 24-yard line.The anatomy of the drive:7 plays for 76 yards in 3:27.Key play:There were several plays to pick from on this drive but I'll go with the 14-year veteran catching his second ball of the afternoon. With the Colts facing a third-and-three, Andrew Luck got a clean pocket to operate and found Reggie Wayne for a 15-yard gain. Thanks to four catches for 62 yards, Wayne padded his numbers as the leading active receiver against one NFL team (142 catches for 2,006 yards all-time against the Jaguars).The score:On a second-and-goal from the one-yard line, the Colts employed a power look with tackle eligible Jamon Meredith in the game to the left of Anthony Castonzo. With Mario Harvey at fullback and an in-motion Dwayne Allen to the left, everything screamed run left. It was a play action to Ahmad Bradshaw and Allen creped back across the line of scrimmage to the right flat. With Jack Doyle lined up as a tight end to the right, he occupied the early attention and that allowed for Allen to sneak into the end zone.**


Coby Fleener's seven-yard touchdown catchThe scene:Leading 23-0 with 0:59 to play in the second quarter, the Colts took over at the Jaguars 29-yard line.The anatomy of the drive:4 plays for 29 yards in 0:31.Key play:This drive was set up thanks to the Colts defense. Jacksonville was trying to execute a two-minute drive to end the half and possibly cut the score to 23-7 at halftime. D'Qwell Jackson wouldn't allow it though. Jackson stripped Jaguars wide receiver Mike Brown and there was Mr. Turnover himself Darius Butler jumping on the loose ball. Butler's fumble recovery marked the third straight year he's recorded a turnover in Jacksonville.The score:The Colts moved quickly into the Jaguars 10-yard line with a first-and-goal from the seven yard line and a five-receiver set. Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen (slot) lined up to the right side of the formation, which was also the short side. The route by Fleener had some improvising in it once Luck rolled to his right to avoid pressure. Fleener made himself available and redeemed himself for a dropped touchdown earlier in the day.**


Hakeem Nicks' one-yard touchdown catchThe scene:Leading 30-3 with 13:35 to play in the fourth quarter, the Colts took over at their own 36-yard line.The anatomy of the drive:10 plays for 64 yards in 4:42.Key play:On any other team in the NFL, rookie wide receiver Donte Moncrief would probably play a much larger role. Moncrief saw a lot of action on Sunday with this 22-yard reception the highlight. First called an incompletion, replays showed that Moncrief definitely got both of his feet down near the sideline. Moncrief finished the afternoon with career-highs in catches (4) and yards (55)The score:** The final drive of the day for the first team offense concluded with Andrew Luck's fourth touchdown toss. It was a third-and-goal from the Jaguars one-yard line as the Colts went to a spread look with five different receivers. Luck operated quickly with the Jaguars having too many defenders on the field. With the confusion, Luck simply looked to his left and Hakeem Nicks ran a slant route for his second touchdown of the season.

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