Monday Night: The Big Show

Quarterback David Garrard likes to call the Jaguars a team that flies under the radar. Monday night, though, that'll no longer be true. They have a chance to make a statement when they host the Indianapolis Colts.

"Monday Night Football is huge," said cornerback Rashean Mathis. "Everyone wants to be on that stage. There's no bigger stage."

Actually, there is. Sunday night and Monday night have switched stages. The Sunday night game is now the primetime network attraction. Monday night is now a cable show on ESPN, where it doesn't draw the ratings that the network shows do. Still, for the Jaguars, this is probably the biggest game of Jack Del Rio era.

They're 4-1 and the Colts are 5-0. The winner takes over first place. If the Jaguars knock off the Colts, they'll have a realistic shot at winning the division title.

But if they lose, they'll be 4-2 and the Colts will be 6-0 and the Jaguars would have to win in Indianapolis to have any shot of overtaking the Colts, who have won the division title four years in a row.

The Jaguars would still have a shot at a wild-card spot if they lost to the Colts, but that would mean they wouldn't host a playoff game, which they haven't done since 1999.

Another reason this is a test is that the Jaguars aren't used to playing in these types of games while it's not even the biggest game the Colts will play in the next month. After this game, they go to Carolina, they then come home to play New England and then go to San Diego.

The Jaguars beat the Colts, 44-17, last December while running for 375 yards but the Jaguars then lost their final three games to miss the playoffs while the Colts went on to win the Super Bowl.

"I think the thing we really want to do is taste what Indy's been tasting. They've been on top. We said Kansas City was the test. Last week, we said Houston was that test. This is the test. It's going to show our character," he said.

It'll show whether the Jaguars are contenders or pretenders.


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