JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Malik Jackson was first to reach Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett on this play.
Brissett slipped out of Jackson’s diving arm tackle and scrambled right. Yannick Ngakoue was waiting, only to have Brissett spin away from him.
Next up was Calais Campbell, who didn’t miss. He rarely does.
Campbell’s early sack in Jacksonville’s 30-10 victory against the Indianapolis Colts gave him 12 1/2 this season and broke the franchise’s single-season record . The previous mark (12) was set by Tony Brackens in 1999.
Campbell waved to the crowd as his achievement was recognized on the giant replay boards at EverBank Field.
“Anytime they show love, it’s always nice,” Campbell said. “That’s a testament to the guys that are around me. We take turns making plays. Our secondary really did such a great job locking down receivers to give us time to get back there, so it’s an accolade for them really.”
Maybe so, but there’s no denying the impact Campbell has had in his first season with the Jaguars (8-4), who play the Seahawks next.
Campbell has been a role model in the locker room and a vocal leader on the field, holding teammates more accountable and raising the play of everyone around him.
“It’s awesome to watch,” Jackson said. “I’m wondering what took him so long. He’s been working so hard and just to be a part of that and see it for myself in person is a blessing, because that man works so hard. I’m so happy he got it, and I wouldn’t want anyone else to get that accolade or be in the spotlight than him because he’s a great guy.”
The Jaguars have a league-leading 45 sacks, with Campbell leading the way. Ngakoue has 10. Dante Fowler has 6 1/2. And Jackson has six.
“At the end of the day, I couldn’t care less about it right now,” Campbell said. “Down the road, it will be great. But I’m jumping at the win and going forward.”
The Jaguars reached eight wins for the first time since 2010 and stayed in the thick of the AFC postseason picture.
Here are some other things we learned from Jacksonville’s first series sweep against the Colts since they joined the AFC South in 2002:
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