Indianapolis Colts: Expect Another Big Day Sunday from Donnie Avery

By Eric Smith
Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Donnie Avery had a huge day last Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. The receiver had nine receptions for 111 yards last week against the Vikings and I think he will have equally a productive day against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Jacksonville should get Rashean Mathis back this week from injury and he will play pivotal role is trying to stop Reggie Wayne. I think Jacksonville will be smart and try and stop Andrew Luck’s first option to Wayne and force him to go elsewhere. That’s a similar gameplan the Vikings used last week and Avery came up big.

Expect that to happen again.

Wayne has 117 receptions for 1,672 yards and six touchdowns during his career against the Jaguars. Avery only has one receptions for 17 yards and a touchdown during his career against them. Why let Wayne have a big day again?

Unfortunately, for the Jaguars the Colts don’t have Curtis Painter or Dan Orlovsky behind center this year. Last year that plan worked, but this year having Luck will win those kind of game for the Colts. Luck sees the field so well and Avery is a great route runner. I think Luck will hit Avery on short routes all day as the middle of the field should be open due to the attention Wayne will get on the opposite side of the field.

Also, the Jaguars struggle against the run and rank 31st out of 32 teams in the NFL. The Colts should break some big runs with Donald Brown and force the Jaguars to bring protection up and stack the box. That will allow Luck to excel in the playaction and the guy he’s going to find is Avery.

I’m expecting Avery to get yet another 100-yard day and earn his first career back-to-back 100-yard receiving games. He also needs only 44-yards to reach 1,500 for his career and 52 to reach 200 yards on the season. I think he accomplishes both on Sunday.

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