The Jacksonville Jaguars are preparing to finish out a disappointing 2011 season with a victory over the Indianapolis Colts, in what will be the last Jaguars game ever with Wayne Weaver as the owner of the franchise. Afterward, the franchise will transition over to new owner Shahid Khan. The 4-11 Jaguars will look to avoid tying the worst season record in franchise history of 4-12, a mark set by the inaugural franchise team in 1995.
The Jaguars will bring an offense that is carried on the legs of Maurice Jones-Drew as they look to sweep to Colts for the first time ever. The Colts have only been swept once in the division, by the Steve McNair quarterbacked Tennessee Titans. The Colts are riding a wave of momentum however, as they've won their last two games to increase their win total to... two.
Here is what Odds Shark has to say about the game:
OddsShark Staff - In the Peyton Manning Era, Week 17 meant a week of rest because the Colts had their playoff position locked up and it predictably meant a good spot to bet against Indianapolis.But with the Colts struggling in 2011 and starved for wins, are they a good bet to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars on the Week 17 odds menu?The Colts are just 3-14 ATS past 17 season-ending games, but recently, they have been terrific in the month of December, covering 6 straight. The Jaguars meanwhile have trended towards the OVER in Week 17 (5 in a row), angle mirrored in Indy as the Colts have gone 9-1 past 10 season-ending matches.Of note, 5 of the past 6 meetings here have gone OVER as well.
While much has been made of the silly notion about if the Jaguars should lose on purpose, the point still remains they may not have to do it on purpose. The Jaguars team that is facing the Colts team this weekend is much different than the one the Colts played weeks ago. Injuries have continue to take their toll, as starting left tackle Eugene Monroe is now questionable for the game. For an offensive line who's pass protection has been shaky as is, one would think the team will rely even more heavily on the running game than normal.
The defense could potentially sport four starting defensive backs who were not on the roster to begin the 2011 NFL season. Even so, the Jaguars defense has held up and kept the team in most of their games and it should be no different against a Colts offense that struggles to put points on the board.
Official Prediction: Jacksonville 17, Indianapolis 10