The Jaguars head north to Lucas Oil Stadium this week to take on the Colts. The Colts are only one game behind the Jaguars in the AFC South race, but that one game separates the division leaders (Titans, Texans, Jaguars) and last place. Let's take a look at four storylines to keep an eye on as gamete approaches.
1. The Jaguars could be without their best offensive weapon.
Rookie RB Leonard Fournette has been a revelation in Duval to this point in his rookie season. He's second in the NFL in rushing and has been a having a historic run (pun intended) for the Jaguars over the last few weeks. Late in the Jaguars disheartening week six home loss to the Rams Fournette went down with an ankle injury. At first he tried to walk off the field under his own power, but would need assistance. He ended up being cleared to return to the game, but missed the entire week of practice. He's now listed as questionable. If Fournette can go, how effective will he be? If he can't go it seems likely that TJ Yeldon will see his first game action of 2017 after being a healthy scratch for most of the season. Chris Ivory will carry the load for the Jaguars on the ground in that situation, but will the Jaguars game plan change? They've been focused heavily on the run this season, which has limited the chances for QB Blake Bortles to make big mistakes, but they may need him in this one.
2. Josh Lambo makes his first start as a Jaguar
For the first time in over two years Jason Myers won't be the Jaguars place kicker. He was released by the team early this week and replaced by former Chargers kicker Josh Lambo. Lambo kicked field goals for the Chargers in 2015 and 2016 after going undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft. While his career field goal % is nearly identical to that of the man he's replacing there are a few things that suggest he might be able to endear himself to Jaguars fans and coaches alike. He's a new face in a new place and will have the opportunity to have a clean slate in Jacksonville. He doesn't have as a big a leg as Myers, but he has shown the propensity to be more accurate from short range than was Myers. His tenure in Jacksonville starts today and will be greatly defined by what he is able to do over the next few weeks.
3. The Jaguars defense could have a big day.
In 2017 the Jaguars defense has been much better away from Jacksonville than it has at EverBank Field. The Jaguars have won each of their games in odd weeks and scored defensive touchdowns in each of those games. They may have been robbed of a defensive TD last week, but this week they'll have a shot at having a great day. The Colts offense is far from explosive and is being led by a QB that played somewhere else until a week before the first regular season game. Outside of TY Hilton the Colts don't have many weapons that strike fear into the hearts of defenses. The Jaguars D will look to rebound after a loss last week in which they allowed Todd Gurley to average five yards per carry.
Stay tuned for more!
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