Indianapolis Colts (0-2) at Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2)
|Date & Time||Sunday September 21, 2014, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Jacksonville Jaguars +7 -- Over/Under:
The Indianapolis Colts search for their first win of the season when they visit the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday at EverBank Field.
The Indianapolis Colts fell to 0-2 after blowing a lead to the Philadelphia Eagles but showed much needed progress in their running game. The Colts bumped their season average to 4.3 yards per carry and Trent Richardson is just one yard away from reaching the 100-yard mark. If the Colts can help out Andrew Luck, who is completing 63.2 percent of his passes, this offense has a chance to be special and one of the best in the AFC. The wide receiver duo of Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton has produced 132 yards on 23 catches but no touchdowns. Ahmad Bradshaw leads the Colts with two receiving touchdowns. Defensively, the Indianapolis Colts are allowing 409.5 yards per game and have forced one turnover and one sack. LaRon Landry leads the Colts with 15 tackles, while Mike Adams has 14 tackles and a pass deflection.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are also 0-2 with blowout losses to the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins, but this is their first home game. The Jaguars are back to playing brutal football on both sides of the ball, as Chad Henne is completing just 53.5 percent of his passes, and the running game is averaging just 2.5 yards per carry. Allen Hurns and Marcedes Lewis are the only bright spots right now for Jacksonville's offense, as they have combined for 129 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Other than that, the Jags can not move the ball and have shown no signs of the progress they made in the preseason. Defensively, the Jacksonville Jaguars are allowing 434.5 yards per game and have forced three turnovers and eight sacks. Paul Posluszny leads Jacksonville with 19 tackles and Sen'Derrick Marks has 11 tackles and four tackles for loss.
The Colts are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. AFC South and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Jaguars are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. AFC South and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Colts are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Jacksonville.
I think it goes without saying that the Colts are the better team. With the way Jacksonville has played lately, there's no reason why Indy shouldn't win this game by double digits. I'll gladly lay the seven points.