Five Myths About the Jaguars and Colts
1. Winning time of possession wins the game. Although the Jaguars would like to keep the football as long as possible on offense and give their embattled defense a bit of a breather, it really doesn't matter as much as scoring touchdowns. A 2:1 time of possession advantage won't work if the Jaguars kick field goals instead of extra points.
2. The Colts are old. Entering this season Indianapolis had the third-youngest roster in the NFL at an average age of 25.14 years. Jacksonville was seventh at 25.66 years. This season likely doesn't represent the beginning of the end for Indianapolis as it appears to be more of a bad luck situation with injuries. The Colts will be back. As for quarterback Peyton Manning, he's only two years older than Jaguars quarterback David Garrard.
3. Indy can't run the ball when they need to. The Colts are statistically the worst rushing team in the NFL in terms of yards per game and yards per carry (only 3.4). With a team that's been so one-sided offensively, they've experienced great success on the ground in the red zone. Indianapolis is 11th in the NFL in rushing touchdowns with 11, while the Jaguars, known for their physical rushing attack are 10th in the league, with 12 rushing touchdowns.
4. The Colts have a fierce pass rush. Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis are still elite football players, but the Colts haven't been attacking opposing quarterbacks as they have in the past. Indianapolis is tied for 18th in the NFL in sacks with 25, while the Jaguars are tied for 20th with 24. A far cry from a season ago in which the AFC Champions registered 34 sacks and the Jaguars were dead-last in the league with 14.
5. Indy is the more explosive team. Although the Colts are scoring at a rate of nearly 27 points per game, they aren't getting the big plays in the passing game that everyone has grown accustomed to. Indianapolis is ranked 25th in the NFL as they've averaged just 10.7 yards per reception. Meanwhile, without a perceived legitimate deep threat and a quarterback who's inaccurate throwing the deep ball, Jacksonville has averaged 11.3 yards per reception, good for 20th in the league. The Jaguars have more plays of 20 or more yards, 48-42.
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