Found November 08, 2012 on
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The Jaguars secondary should be scared of the young gun
Indianapolis Colts (5-3) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7) 8:20 p.m.
Not many people would have thought the Colts would be playoff contenders after saying goodbye to Peyton Manning and welcoming rookie Andrew Luck to be the franchise quarterback. But that is right where the Colts are right now, fighting for a playoff spot. Luck has played every part of the franchise quarterback role in his first season. To this point, Luck has four 300-yard games which ties some guy that used to wear number 18 for the Colts not too long ago for the rookie record.
The Colts offense has played quite well so far. 33 year old Reggie Wayne is averaging over 100 yards receiving per game and on the season has 61 catches for 835 yards. An impressive display so far by a receiver who many consider to be on the downside of his career. The defense has been suspect against the run (25th ranked) but have played well against the pass (11th ranked).
In week 3, the Jaguars won the first contest of the AFC South rivals, 22-17. Jacksonville has been very disappointing this season, especially on offense. The Jaguars rank 32nd in passing yards and 28th in rushing yards. Second year quarterback, Blaine Gabbert, has improved from his rookies season but he still has not played well enough for the Jaguars to win especially with the injury to Maurice Jones-Drew. Jones-Drew will be out tonight, adding even more pressure to Gabbert and his unheralded receiving corps. The leading receiver for Jacksonville is Cecil Shorts this season which is curious because the team spent the fifth pick of last year's draft on Justin Blackmon. Blackmon has been a major disappointment so far with only 23 catches on 54 targets, a terrible ratio. The Jaguars defense has not been all-world either. They currently rank 25th in opponent passing yards and 27th in opponent rushing yards.
PREDICTION: Luck will get another 300-yard game, and in doing so breaks Peyton Manning's rookie record. Colts 34, Jags 24
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Last week: 9 (+2)
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At halftime, the Jaguars trail the Colts 3 to 17, and the big difference in the game hasn't been in respect to the two teams' quarterbacks.
Blaine Gabbert has played well to this point, as has Andrew Luck. Both quarterbacks have similar numbers, but Andrew Luck has been helped more by the rest of his team than Gabbert has.
It's at this point that I'd like...
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The Indianapolis Colts became the latest team to hammer the Jacksonville Jaguars at home, winning 27-10 on Thursday night behind two rushing touchdowns from rookie quarterback Andrew Luck.
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It wasn't that long ago that Indianapolis and Jacksonville played for the division title.
Less than two years, in fact.
Both teams have changed coaches, quarterbacks and other personnel since.
It's pretty clear which one is further along in the rebuilding project.
The Colts (5-3) have won three straight heading into Thursday night's game at Jacksonville, pulling out...
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