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Anatomy Of The Drives: Jaguars Edition

Intro: The “Anatomy Of The Drives” series is back. Here’s a look at the two touchdown drives the Colts had in their 23-3 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.



Trent Richardson's one-yard touchdown runThe scene: Leading 6-3 with 13:51 to go in the third quarter, the Colts took over at the Jaguars 38-yard line.The anatomy of the drive: 9 plays for 38 yards in 5:08.Key play: While this drive benefited from a 16-yard reception to Hakeem Nicks on a second-and-16 and three separate third-and-one conversions, the defense and special teams set this touchdown up. It was a three-and-out forced by the Indianapolis defense that opened the second half. A 47-yard punt from the Jaguars was then returned 18 yards by Josh Cribbs. It was quite the Colts debut for Cribbs and on several occasions his returns set the Indianapolis offense with prime real estate.The score: The touchdown was the last of three third-and-one conversions the Colts had on this drive. We saw a lot of jumbo formation looks for the Colts on Sunday with Xavier Nixon being used as the extra tackle. On this score, linebacker/fullback Andrew Jackson threw a great clear out block to open up the hole for Richardson. From there, it was Richardson driving his legs to pop into the end zone. It was the third touchdown of the year for Richardson.**

T.Y. Hilton's 73-yard touchdown catch from Andrew LuckThe scene:Leading 13-3 with 6:46 left in the third quarter, the Colts took over at their own 15-yard line.The anatomy of the drive:2 plays for 85 yards in 0:38.Key play:Trent Richardson, who battled the flu during the Colts week of practice, didn't get the start on Sunday but still logged a ton of reps. His longest carry of the game came on the first play of this touchdown drive. Thanks to some beautifully executed blocks, Richardson showed some burst in getting to the second level of the defense for a 12-yard gain. The development of the Colts rushing attack going forward, with Richardson and Boom Herron, will be critical to this team making a playoff run.The score:** Out of the shadow of their own end zone, the Colts were ready to take a shot deep. Jaguars cornerback Dwayne Gratz was lined up across from T.Y. Hilton in what appeared to be a Cover 2 look. However, as the play began to develop safety Johnathan Cyprien gave a ton of attention to Coby Fleener down the seam. Andrew Luck's eyes kept Cyprien in the middle of the field for too long and that allowed Hilton to get by Gratz, who was sitting in a zone. Luck hit Hilton in stride and the speedster did the rest. The 73-yard pass by Luck tied a career long from the Seattle game last season.

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