Colts too good for Jaguars
Despite a slow start, the Indianapolis Colts were still plenty good enough against winless Jacksonville.
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Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes, Trent Richardson ran for a score and the Colts became the latest to beat the Jaguars by double digits, 37-3 Sunday.
The Colts (3-1) were a little sluggish and sloppy in the first half, but that did little to slow them down against one of the worst teams in the league.
Indianapolis led 20-3 at halftime -- Jacksonville (0-4) has been outscored 75-8 in the first half this season -- and made it a laugher with consecutive touchdown drives in the third quarter.
Luck found Coby Fleener for a 31-yard score, a play in which even Fleener was surprised he was so wide open, and then connected with Reggie Wayne in the back of the end zone from 5 yards.
That made it 34-3 and sent many of the Jaguars faithful heading to the exits.
The Colts had outgained the Jaguars 363-70 at that point.
Luck completed 22 of 35 passes for 260 yards, with two TDs and an interception. Wayne finished with five catches for 100 yards. Richardson ran 20 times for 60 yards. Fleener caught five passes for 77 yards.
Blaine Gabbert completed 17 of 32 passes for 179 yards, with three interceptions. All of them bounced off his receivers' hands.
Maurice Jones-Drew ran 13 times for 23 yards.
The Jaguars looked as pitiful as they have all season.
Cecil Shorts III bobbled two passes that wound up as interceptions for Gabbert, who was returning after missing the past two games with a hand injury.
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. He also was called for offside, negating an interception in the first quarter.
And just when things seemed as if they couldn't get any worse for Jacksonville, an apparent fumble recovery was overturned because of an inadvertent whistle. The play was deemed a do-over.
The Jaguars would like to get one of those for the entire season. Jacksonville is 0-4 for the third time in franchise history. The team has never started 0-5.
And the questions about free agent quarterback Tim Tebow continue. A plane flew over the stadium carrying a banner that read "Tebow, why not?"
The Colts looked a little lethargic to begin the game, with Luck missing open receivers all over the field.
But they used two big plays to jump-start the lopsided victory.
Shorts failed to catch a pass near the sideline. Cornerback Vontae Davis got his hands on the deflection, which teammate Darius Butler caught and returned 41 yards for a score and a 10-3 lead.
Indy got the ball back after a three-and-out, and Donald Brown ripped off a 50-yard run. Brown ran untouched through a huge hole and then squeezed through rookie safeties Josh Evans and Johnathan Cyprien for another 30 yards. Mike Harris saved a touchdown, but Richardson scored three plays later to make it 17-3.
Jacksonville did nothing to cut into the huge lead.
The Jaguars have lost 12 of their past 19 games by double digits -- 11 of those by 16 or more points.