Sunday the Jags have a great shot to win their 3rd game of the 2011 season as they travel to Lucas Oil Stadium to take on the winless Colts.
In the past, Peyton Manning had terrorized the Jags, but with him on the sideline and the Colts looking like a team that has given up, this clearly is the Jags game to lose.
Below are the keys to the game, as well as our final prediction.
1. Put the Past in the Past – How much it matters this year is a question mark, but the Jaguars have struggled historically in Indianapolis, winning just twice in 10 games there and only five times in 20 overall series meetings. They’re also winless in four road contests this season.
2. Let MJD Run Wild – He was held in check by Houston, but a matchup with the second-worst run defense in football ought to widen the eyes of a star like Maurice Jones-Drew, who’s long been successful against the Colts. With Gabbert struggling, it’s important that the Jaguars get another productive day out of their main running back.
3. Shut Down the Painter – Curtis Painter is still enduring the growing pains predictable of a long-term understudy thrown into the breach by injury. The Jaguars, who are eighth in the league against the pass, don’t figure to make it easy. They need to make sure he doesn’t have time to throw, and a couple picks should come their way as well in this one.
Prediction – The Colts are simply awful. They have the lock right now to get Andrew Luck in the draft, and while the Jags are not much better, they are by far the better team here, and they will run all over the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Jacksonville 27 Indianapolis 13