The Jacksonville Jaguars (3-12) showed much more promise with an interim coach at the helm last weekend (what a shock!). In Sunday’s season finale, the Jaguars face the Indianapolis Colts (7-8) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Believe it or not, Jacksonville has won the last two games against Indy. Both sides have had quite disappointing seasons, but Sunday’s outcome will carry enough weight to get a fanbase to happily discuss the draft. Enjoy the next few days (and a good chance at a win) before the coaching search talk overwhelms the First Coast.
Sunday will be the 32nd meeting between Jacksonville and Indianapolis. The Jags are 10-21 in the series. A win would tie the Jaguars for their longest win streak – 3, from 2011 to 2012 – in this matchup. Jacksonville last won in Lucas Oil Stadium back in Sept. 2012. JAX took down Indy in the first game, in London, 30-27.
Humble-brag to Colts fans:
The Jaguars played spoiler last week.
One of the team’s two wins are against Indy. Even that was a game where JAX fans were calling for Gus Bradley to be fired.
Need to See:
Jalen Ramsey had the first pick-six by a rookie in franchise history, in the win over the Titans. He is amazing. CBS needs a Ramsey cam.
With that AFC Defensive Player of the Week award, just hand Ramsey the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honor now. Will the off-season topics include him being one of the best young secondary players?
A victory won’t hurt in showing that Jacksonville is attractive for the top-tier coaching candidates. Sunday could help the Jags put themselves ahead of the Rams and Bills.
What to Watch:
Blake Bortles threw for over 300 yards in the win over Tennessee AND it was the first time the Jaguars won when he reached 300 or more. Is he playing with more urgency and composure?
Denard Robinson could see time Sunday as the feature back. TJ Yeldon went to IR with an ankle injury Monday.
All the major sports outlets have the Jaguars climbing in power rankings. It’s better than seeing this franchise in the bottom three of the league. More winning could see the teal and black moving outside the top-four when it comes to draft talk.
Trying to Figure Out:
Should the Jaguars have given interim coach Doug Marrone more time? He became the first head coach in franchise history to win his first game with the team.
If the Jags land two of three wins of the 2016 season against the Colts, will that provide enough spark in the community for fans to stick by this NFL team with season tickets?
After a lot of people called for more of a place-kicker camp competition in July, second-year kicker Jason Myers has been a stunning bright spot. Last week he made all four of his field goal attempts – 29, 48, 56 and 50 yards. Myers also ranks second in the NFL for kickoff touchback percentage. Every week that goes by, he seems to be the real deal.
About the Opponent:
The Colts are 3-4 at home this season. Even as Andrew Luck nears 4,000 passing yards and 30 touchdowns, Indianapolis does not have enough pieces around him. But everyone knew that over the summer. Fortunately, Indy has Frank Gore, who will start his 92nd straight game. That is easily the longest stretch of any active NFL running back. The Colts have been most-defined by three tough losses inside the AFC South. They were officially eliminated from playoff contention with last Saturday’s loss to Oakland. They have gone win-loss the last five weeks.
Colts running back Frank Gore is nearing 1,000 yards. He needs 36 to reach the 1K mark Sunday. Gore would be the first RB over 33 years old to rush for over 1,000 yards since John Riggins did it in 1984. More importantly, the Colts haven’t had a 1,000-yard rusher since the 2007 season. Can the Jaguars lock down the former Miami Hurricane? It will be a major key at Lucas Oil.
This Equals a Win:
Last week’s model. Leave this city with a great taste heading into the off-season. And life is better when the Colts suffer. It’s science.
How to Listen:
Frank Frangie, Tony Boselli and Jeff Lageman will provide the call on 1010XL and 92.5 FM with Rick Ballou working the sidelines. The Sawyer Gas Kickoff Show begins at 10 a.m. The simulcast will be on WGNE 99.9 FM.
Where to Watch:
CBS will have the game on New Year’s Day this Sunday. Locally you can watch it on WJAX 47 with Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots in the broadcast booth.