Indianapolis Colts (6-6) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8)
Sunday, December 13th, 1:00 EST
Kickoff temperature: 78 degrees, 0% chance of precipitation
Line: Pick 'em
The Indianapolis Colts are trying to take charge in the AFC South race which sees them tied atop the division with the Houston Texans at 6-6. Meanwhile the Jaguars are just trying to avoid certain elimination with another loss.
Keys To A Jaguars Victory:
1. Stop Frank Gore. Although Matt Hasselbeck has had great success in the win-loss column, the Jaguars best chance of neutralizing the Colts offense is to put the game on the 40-year old quarterback's right arm. If they can take Gore out of the game and make the Colts one-dimensional, perhaps one of the Jaguars cornerbacks can make a big play.
2. Cover the tight ends. Indianapolis has one of the better tight end tandems in the NFL with Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen, and the Jaguars need to do a better job of covering them than they did the Titans tight ends last week.
3. Tackle better. The Jaguars defense looked soft last week and without linebacker Paul Posluszy, everyone on the defense needs to step up and play better. Jonathan Cyprien needs to play like a high pick instead of just looking like one off the field.
4. Limit the shots against Vontae Davis. Blake Bortles and the Jaguars passing game has been explosive, but they don't need to test Colts cornerback Vontae Davis all that much. He's not Darrelle Revis, but he's pretty close, and challenging him could end up in a turnover.
5. Give T.J. the ball, please? T.J. Yeldon has been very good this season and he's played even better in recent weeks, even if you haven't noticed it. The Jaguars need to make Yeldon a focal point of the offense, especially when they get inside the red zone. He's good and he could be great, if you let him be.
What To Look For:
1. Blake Bortles goes north of 300 with multiple TD's. The Jaguars quarterback is playing the best football of his career and this is a matchup against a weakened Colts defense that he can take advantage of. Look for Bortles to be the better quarterback on Sunday.
2. Frank Gore has his best game of the year. The last time the Jaguars played without Poz, they were gashed by Doug Martin and the Bucs. There's only so much that Telvin Smith can do and Gore could have a really big game.
3. A-Rob slows down. Chuck Pagano isn't stupid and he will dedicate bracket coverage to Allen Robinson, because he's earned that. Robinson will catch some passes, but it won't be a huge fantasy day for No. 15.
4. T.J. goes over 100. The Jaguars will come to their senses and get Yeldon involved and he will go over 100 yards from scrimmage and possibly even find the end zone.....
5. Jaguars for the win. After what the team has showed against San Diego and Tennessee, why would anyone pick them to beat the first-place Colts? It's easy, the Colts aren't that good. The Jaguars need to beat Indy for their own well-being and they will get the job done.