Jaguars Game Snapshot
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET
SURFACE: Field Turf
TV: CBS, Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
PREDICTION: Colts 35-31
KEYS TO THE GAME: With a chance to clinch the AFC South and end the Colts' rein, the Jaguars won't come out guns a blazin' -- they'll keep the ball in the hands of RB Maurice Jones-Drew until the Colts' depleted defense turns him back. QB David Garrard was near flawless in a 31-28 win over Indianapolis on Oct. 3 and has a 108.2 rating against the AFC South this season. The Colts will take some chances defensively -- Jacksonville is minus-10 in turnover margin -- knowing the Jaguars lack a pass rush and their leaky secondary will give up points to Peyton Manning, even if the running game remains a handicap.
FAST FACTS: Manning has 63 career 300-yard passing games, tied for most all-time with Dan Marino. ... Five of the past six games meetings have been decided by four points or less.
INSIDE THE CAMPS
It may be a false alarm, but the Jaguars suddenly have injury concerns in their backfield as they prepare for Sunday's game against Indianapolis.
The Jaguars practiced Thursday for their biggest game in a decade without their two key offensive players going full time.
Running back Maurice Jones-Drew was held out of practice with a knee injury as a precautionary move for the second consecutive day while quarterback David Garrard was limited with a hamstring injury. He wasn't on the injury report Wednesday.
The Jaguars will have to announce what category the players are in for the Indianapolis game today, but both are expected to play.
The only question is whether their effectiveness will be hampered by the injuries.
Jones-Drew hasn't missed back to back practices since the regular season started although he was limited Thursday and Friday before the Giants game with an abdominal strain and was listed as questionable.
He showed no effects during the game as he rushed for 113 yards on 21 carries and caught four passes for nine yards.
On the other hand, before he started his current string of six 100-yard games in a row, he had only two 100-yard games in 14 games dating back to last year.
Jones-Drew was slowed by a series of nagging injuries, but he never missed a start.
The Indianapolis Colts aren't worried about whether they will earn a spot in the playoffs for the ninth straight year and for the 10th time in 11th seasons.
For the Colts, in their current position of second place in the AFC South with an uncharacteristic 7-6 record, the postseason has already started.
Indianapolis players and coaches are already counting last week's win over divisional rival Tennessee as a playoff win and they are looking at Sunday's AFC South matchup Jacksonville the same way.
"One and done," is how Colts team president Bill Polian is approaching this week's matchup with the Jaguars.
"What it's going to take to get us there is very simple. We have to win out (over the final three games of the season). That's a tall order, but it's possible. It's certainly doable," Polian said.
"What is it going to take to get there? We have to continue to play the kind of offense we've been playing over the past four or five weeks where we're scoring in the 30s. We have to stay away from the interceptions, which clearly is obvious and which (quarterback) Peyton (Manning) knows. Hopefully we can get him protected and get the routes run correctly and we can get the situations solidified where that doesn't happen. Then, we have to continue with the really good special teams play we have had."
And that's not all.
"Our defense, frankly, has to get better. We have to make sure we get better on third down. We have to get off the field on third down. We have to be better defending the pass. We have to continue to make the big plays," he said.
"We have to continue making those and then continue to get better at getting off the field on third down and get better against the run. We can't be gashed the way we were in the first half by Dallas. The next three teams are all running teams -- Darren McFadden in Oakland, (Maurice) Jones-Drew this coming Sunday and then, of course, Chris Johnson again with Tennessee. Stopping the run is Job One. Getting off the field on third down is Job Two, especially in long-yardage situations when we have the opportunity for our play-makers to really make plays. That's what it's going to take."
--RB Maurice Jones-Drew missed practice for the second consecutive day Thursday with a knee injury as a precautionary move. He will play, but it remains to be see how effective he is.
--QB David Garrard, who wasn't on the injury report Wednesday, was limited with a hamstring injury Thursday. He is expected to play but remains to be seen if the injury will affect his play.
--LB Justin Durant didn't participate Thursday with a groin injury and probably won't play.
--S Courtney Greene was limited Thursday after not practicing Wednesday with a shoulder injury and has a chance to play.
--G Vince Manuwai was limited Thursday with a foot injury after not practicing Wednesday because of a foot injury and is expected to play.
--DT Tyson Alualu practiced Thursday with a knee injury after being limited Wednesday and will play Sunday at Indianapolis.
--TE Zach Miller practiced Thursday with an ankle injury after being limited Wednesday and will play against the Colts.
--DE Aaron Morgan was limited Thursday for the second consecutive day with a hamstring injury and his status is uncertain.
--CB Terrence Wheatley didn't practice Thursday with a hamstring injury after being limited Wednesday and probably won't play.
--DE Austen Lane, who wasn't on the injury report Wednesday, was limited Thursday with a knee injury.
--FB Montell Owens wasn't on the injury report Wednesday, but was limited Thursday with a hamstring injury.
--WR Austin Collie (concussion) may be available Sunday against Jacksonville. Collie has missed four of the last five games after suffering a concussion Nov. 7 against Philadelphia.
"He looks good," coach Jim Caldwell said Thursday. "It looks like he's going to be able to play."
--LB Clint Session (elbow) was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday. Session continues to ramp up his on-field work but no decision will be made on his availability for the Jacksonville game until the end of the week.
"He's practicing for the first time this week. Typically, we like to see how he progresses through this time," Caldwell said. "We are giving him a little bit more work here and there, but not quite certain. He is day-to-day."
--RB Joseph Addai (neck) was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday. No decision on his availability for Sunday is expected until later in the week.
--CB Kelvin Hayden (neck) is expecting to start against the Jaguars Sunday after seeing full work in practice Wednesday and Thursday. Hayden did not play last week at Tennessee.
--TE Brody Eldridge (rested) returned to practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's workout. Eldridge is expected to play Sunday.
--TE Jacob Tamme (knee) practiced Wednesday and Thursday. Tamme should be good to go against Jacksonville on Sunday.
--RB Mike Hart (ankle) is not expected to play against the Jaguars. Hart did not practice Wednesday or Thursday.
--OG Jamey Richard (hip) missed a second day of practice on Thursday. Richard's status for the Jacksonville game probably won't be determined until after Saturday's workout.
--OT Charlie Johnson (chest) did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. "Charlie, we will wait and see. He's kind of day-to-day," coach Jim Caldwell said.
--DT Fili Moala (knee) saw limited work on Thursday in practice after sitting out Wednesday. Moala might be able to start against the Jaguars.
--OT Jaimie Thomas (illness) returned for full work in practice Thursday. Thomas sat out Thursday's workout.
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