The Indianapolis Colts had their toughest test against the Jaguars in the season opener in which they prevailed only 14-12 at home. They now travel to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars on their field with them still clinging to the hopes of making the playoffs. The Colts will likely come out throwing the ball as usual against a Jags’ D that is allowing 239.5 yards passing per game. The idea will be to attempt to get a lead in the first half before turning the game over to the back-ups. That means that rookie QB Curtis Painter could make his NFL debut tonight. That is not likely a good thing in a hostile environment. The Colts will likely run the ball more than usual when Painter is in the game to help protect him. That means that Chad Simpson and Mike Hart could get the ball quite a bit in the 3rd and 4th quarters of this game.
The Colts must go all out to stop Maurice Jones-Drew. That will be easier said than done as he has 1,439 yards from scrimmage this season and he has scored 14 TDs (all on the ground). David Garrard doesn’t have great receivers but he is a decent QB who could cause problems for the Colts who are allowing 227.0 yards passing per game this year. Garrard also is a threat to take off running at any time which will put even more pressure on the front seven of the Colts tonight.
PREDICTION: JAGUARS 23, COLTS 20