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When and where: December 2, 2018, TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, FL, 1:00 PM ET
The Indianapolis Colts will try to extend their win streak to six games when they travel to Florida to take on their AFC South rival Jacksonville Jaguars. A precipitous fall off the mountaintop now has the Jaguars looking like one of the worst teams in the NFL. To think, they were getting considerations as a Super Bowl contender this time last year. They are coming off a road loss to the Buffalo Bills, while the Colts barely survived a run-in with the Miami Dolphins.
Colts get their Luck back
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck went from being a perennially banged up meatsuit for opposing defensive linemen to the once-in-a-generational player that somehow made a bad team look relevant. He obviously couldn’t have done it without the help of his offensive line, which is looking like night and day in comparison to what he’s had to work with in previous years.
While other quarterbacks around the league like Patrick Mahomes and Drew Brees soak up most of the praise, Luck is quietly putting together a tremendous comeback season with 299 completions for 3,112 yards, 32 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. His return to form has ultimately pushed the Colts to five consecutive wins, which includes victories over the Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.
Last Sunday, he threw for 343 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions against the Dolphins.
He led the game-winning drive that put kicker Adam Vinateri in position to ice the game with the Colts on top, 27-24. Wideout T.Y. Hilton had a team-high seven receptions for 125 yards, while running back Marlon Mack ended the game with 15 carries for 85 yards.
Jaguars bench Bortles
The Jaguars have apparently awoken from the dream that Blake Bortles would suddenly morph into a viable franchise quarterback. It’s time to accept the fact that the organization wasted their 2014 No. 3 overall draft pick. Think of some of the players from that draft that were passed up for Bortles—Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack, Odell Beckham and Mike Evans.
It’s enough to leave any general manager crying in his sleep.
Bortles is far too inconsistent to hold onto the reins as a starter, and he would make a better backup for the right quarterback. Kessler obviously isn’t that player, either. His job is to serve as the final effort to light a fire under Bortles, but there is no flame hot enough to turn the former Central Florida graduate into what the Jaguars need him to be.
He only completed 12 passes for 127 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in last Sunday’s loss to the Bills. Running back Leonard Fournette’s 18 carries for 95 yards and two touchdowns was about the only positive takeaway from that game.
Then he threw a couple punches and got himself suspended for Week 13.
- Jaguars are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games against teams in the AFC South
- Jaguars are 0-4-2 ATS in their last 6 games after a straight up loss
- Jaguars are 0-5-2 ATS in their last 7 games
- Jaguars are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games
- Colts are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 road games against teams with a losing home record
- Colts are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games after a straight up win
- Colts are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games played in Week 13
- Colts are 32-13-1 ATS against teams with a losing recor