Ah, the sweet smell of victory. Writing about the team is always easier after a win, especially one that felt as good as our win on Saturday. It’d feel even better if we could beat the Colts, but can we actually get a win to end the season?
On offense, it’s all riding on Blake Bortles. The Colts defense is not very good, but Bortles has played poorly against bad defenses many times this season. If the Bortles from last week shows up (you know, the one that remembered things like throwing spirals and stepping into throws), then we could see an offensive explosion, but if he doesn’t, this will look like most Jaguar games.
Defensively, the Jags can succeed if they prioritize shutting down TY Hilton. He is without a doubt the biggest threat on their offense besides Andrew Luck, as he can score deep better than almost anyone else in the NFL. However, without him, the Colts don’t have an offensive weapon consistent enough to be counted on. Jalen Ramsey can win this game for the Jags single-handedly by eliminating Hilton from the Colts game-plan, but we can also afford to send safety help towards Ramsey to assure that Hilton is neutralized.
I think this is actually going to be a victory for the team. While it does hurt our draft pick, beating two division rivals to close the season (and sweeping the Colts, of course) would feel so good and could keep this team optimistic throughout the long offseason. Plus, I just wanna start the New Year with a bang.
Prediction: JAX 27, IND 24
Andrew Luck is apparently playing in the first “meaningless” game of his career this weekend against the Jaguars, which to me seems like an advantage for the Jaguars, right? I mean, we’ve played in plenty of meaningless games in the Gus Bradley era, so we should be well versed in this matchup.
More good news, our pass defense has been absolutely dominant the past few weeks and the Colts rank 13th in pass attempts per game with just over 36 while also having only 4 running plays over 20 yards this season. What do these two stats mean? They mean that Indianapolis is going to heavily rely on making big plays in the passing game and I just don’t see their success coming from challenging one of the best secondaries in the league. If we’re going to lose to this team, it’ll be from self-inflicted wounds.
Having said that, the true key to the Jaguars success in this matchup is playing efficiently offense like we did last week and coming prepared. Be moderately successful on offense, limit penalty yardage as well as turnovers and the Jaguars can definitely get a win in Indy this week.
Prediction: JAX 28, IND 17
This matchup is really simple. The Colts have a talented offense that relies heavily on the arm of Andrew Luck and the feet and hands of T.Y. Hilton. Jalen Ramsey will cover Hilton for much of the day and will likely receive some help over the top. If Ramsey can lock down T.Y. then the Colts offense will be stuck in place and the Jaguars defense will force a ton of punts.
On the flip side the Colts defense is one of the least talented in the enitre NFL. The Jaguars offense has the talent to be successful, as they showed last week against the Titans. If the Jaguars can avoid pre snap penalties, and avoid a turnover fest, then they should win this one.
Blake Bortles will have another solid game, which will make two good outing in a row heading into the offseason, which will in turn give fans just enough hope that he could still be the quarterback of the future. Jason Myers will be a reliable source of points, unlike his last trip to Indy where he missed two field goals.
Prediction: JAX 24, IND 19
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