These two teams come into tonight’s game on two distinctly different paths.
The Colts are 5-3 and looking to catch up to the Texans in the AFC South, while the Jaguars own the worst record in the league and are once again playing for pride.
The Colts losing this game would be the biggest surprise of the week.
That is because Indy has won three in a row, including four of their last five, while playing for their coach Chuck Pagano, who is out due to treatment for his leukemia.
Pagano returned to the locker room last week to give one of the most inspirational speeches ever seen in sports that was not in a movie. They have so much emotion in their play that losing to Jacksonville is not an option.
Indy did lose against Jacksonville when the two teams met up in Week 3, but they did not play a bad game. Andrew Luck threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns in only his third career game. The game was lost when Blaine Gabbert threw an 80-yard touchdown pass with 45 seconds left in the game immediately following an Adam Vinateri field goal that had put the Colts in the lead.
Indy’s defense has improved since that Week 3 game, as they have not allowed over twenty points in their last three wins. Their only major slip-up came against the Jets four weeks ago, but the Jaguars are nowhere near the caliber of the Jets, which truly is an insult in itself.
It is hard to find a place to start talking about Jacksonville.
They are 1-7 and have not won since their miraculous comeback in Week 3 against the Colts. They are near the bottom of the league in every offensive and defensive category, which is to be expected of any team that has the worst record in the league.
After an overtime loss to the Raiders three weeks ago, the Jaguars endured a nine-point loss to the Packers. They could not keep up their competitive play last week as they lost to the Lions by the score of 31-14.
The learning process will continue in Jacksonville tonight, as it is tough to see them having any chance of beating the Colts. The Jaguars are consistently double-digit underdogs, which is not a good sign of confidence by the public.
The Colts will win this game. Enough said.
Colts 30- | Jaguars 14