Thursday, November 8, 2012


Donnie Avery played, and combined with Reggie Wayne, caught12 of Andrew Luck’s 18 completions for 161 yards.  T Y. Hilton was targeted just once and gained all his yardage on the ground with two rushes for 30 yards.  Vick Ballard got 12 carries for 48 yards, while Donald Brown joined the fray with 14 carries for 42 yards.  There were few shocks for Indianapolis except that again Andrew Luck was the only offensive player to score.  He ran for two touchdowns, threw none, and had two turnovers.  A third turnover was undone after Jacksonville committed a roughing penalty.
Spurlock has caught all but one target since
joining the Jags.
Cecil Shorts has made his case for lineup consideration, especially with strong match-ups.  He has two 100-yard games in the past four, and has two more touchdown receptions in that span as well.   He’s on pace for 45 catches, 900 yards and seven touchdowns.  Blaine Gabbert went down with a shoulder problem in the fourth quarter and didn’t return.  Chad Henne  responded by leading the Jags on their only touchdown drive of the game.  Perhaps the biggest surprise is WR Morgan Spurlock.  Signed as a free agent in October from San Diego, Spurlock has had two straight games of  at least five catches and 30 yards.  He’s only missed one of the passes thrown his way, and in the last two games he’s caught 11 of 11.  That kind of clean percentage no receiver in Jacksonville has had in quite awhile.  With rumors floating that Justin Blackmon is struggling to get separation, and the proof was out there again Thursday, Spurlock becomes a much needed and desired set of reliable hands.  He won’t break any records or anything, but he may relegate Blackmon to the bench if the top drafted prospect doesn't improve soon.  As for the running game, Rashad Jennings failed maybe for the last time to supply anything substantial for Jacksonville in a game where they should have been able to lean on him more. Jennings was given just six carries in the first half, five in the third quarter, and none in the fourth.