If the Colts lose this game, they will lock up the #1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft…..but the players aren’t throwing this game. The Colts are playing their best football of the year with now as they have won two games in a row (over the Titans and Texans). The Jaguars have lost five of their last six games and two in a row. Here is a look at the matchups in this game:
When the Colts have the ball: I see the Colts coming out throwing the ball in this game. The Jaguars’ secondary is in shambles and they don’t have a good pass rushing team. WRs Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon are going to be free agents after this season is over, so they could be inspired to have big games against the Jaguars this Sunday. Austin Collie and Jacob Tamme are solid underneath receivers, giving Orlovsky even more weapons to throw to. Donald Brown and Joseph Addai will make the Jaguars pay if they put in too many DBs this weekend.
When the Jaguars have the ball: The Jaguars are going to feed the ball to Maurice Jones-Drew. The Colts are giving up 140.9 yards rushing per game and 4.2 yards per carry, so Jones-Drew is likely to have a big game. The Colts will try to mount a good pass rush on rookie QB Blaine Gabbert in an effort to force him into making some big mistakes throwing the all. The Jaguars don’t have any receivers that scare the Colts one bit.
PREDICTION: COLTS 20, JAGUARS 17