The Jacksonville Jaguars are coming off of a loss to the Arizona Cardinals where bad quarterback play and questionable play-calling in crunch time sealed the team’s fate. The Jaguars currently sit at (a still impressive) 7-4 on the season and this week the Indianapolis Colts will travel to Jacksonville.
This contest against a bad Colts team isn’t necessarily a “must win,” but it is a “should win.”
The Jaguars have a chance to sweep Indianapolis this season, after blanking them 27-0 in Week 7. Jacksonville has only accomplished that feat once during the 2011 season, when the Colts finished 2-14.
I know we have already covered this earlier this season, but let’s take an updated, present day look at the series history between the Colts and Jaguars.
All-time regular season series record: Colts lead 22-11
Last Jaguars win: Oct. 22, 2017 (27-0)
Last Colts win: Jan. 1 2017 (24-20)
Current Streak: Jags with a one-game winning streak, baby!
Biggest Jaguars win: 51-16 (Dec. 13, 2015)
Biggest Colts win: 43-14 (Sept. 25, 2000)
Interesting takeaway: The Jaguars are just 6-10 against the Colts in games played in Jacksonville.
Quick thoughts: The Jags and Colts only met twice prior to the conference realignment in 2002. The teams have met 31 times since then, with Indianapolis winning 20 of those games since realignment, and 22 overall (66 percent of the time). The Jags have actually won three of the past four meetings, though, and have outscored the Colts 128 to 67 during that time frame. Prior to that, the Colts had won the previous six games. But it is pretty clear that Jacksonville has all of the momentum in this series right now.
Date: Oct. 22, 2017
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
Team Stats: Jaguars — 330 passing yards, 188 rushing yards, 23 first downs
Colts — 200 passing yards, 96 rushing yards, 15 first downs
Quick recap: Even without Leonard Fournette, the Jaguars rushed for 188 yards on the legs of T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory. Blake Bortles had one of his best games of the season with 330 yards, one touchdown, zero interceptions and a quarterback rating of 124.7. The defense was incredible, sacking Jacoby Brissett 10 times and holding Indianapolis to just 232 total yards. This was also Josh Lambo’s first game, and our concerns about the kicking game were quickly put to rest as he made all of his extra point and field goal attempts. This was pure domination by Jacksonville, and the end result was the Jaguars’ first shutout win since 2006.
Date: Jan. 1, 2017
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium
Team Stats: Jaguars — 301 passing yards, 182 rushing yards, 23 first downs
Colts — 321 passing yards, 94 rushing yards, 24 first downs
Quick recap: Fresh off of a blowout win against the Tennessee Titans, with Doug Marrone calling the shots as interim head coach, the Jaguars got off to a fast start in this one. But then proceeded to blow a 17-0 lead. It didn’t really matter because it was the last game of the season, so maybe the Jaguars imploded on purpose to get a better draft pick or something, but it was indicative of Jacksonville’s whole 2016 season. It was actually one of Blake Bortles’ more efficient outings of the season in terms of throwing the ball (301 yards, no interceptions, 96.2 rating), but he found other ways to lose the game by coughing up two fumbles, which both led to scores. Colts took advantage and won in come-back fashion.
Through the Decades
1990s: Colts 1-0 (1995)
2000-2010: Colts lead 14-5
2011-Present: Colts lead 7-6
Quick thoughts: While the Colts dominated early, winning eight of the first 10 matchups, overall, it is the Jaguars that have been making a comeback. The Colts hold the advantage in each decade so far, though only one game was played in the 1990s, but Jacksonville has closed the gap since 2011 and has a chance on Sunday to tie the Colts with seven wins a piece during that time frame, Indianapolis easily dominated from 2000 through 2010, which gives them the lopsided advantage in the series overall. But perhaps times are changing.
So, for Week 13, Jacksonville is obviously the better team. They’ve already proven that during the first game. But the Colts have been more competitive lately, and their head coach Chuck Pagano believes they are much improved since the Week 7 encounter.
I’m not buying it. Jaguars win handily, again. Hello, 8-4!
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