TV Schedule: Sunday, Sept. 29, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: Everbank Field
Weather: Low 68, High 85
Line: Indianapolis (-7.5)
There have been serious talks about whether or not Andrew Luck is the best second-year quarterback in the NFL, but one thing is for sure: the Indianapolis Colts are for real. Following a couple poor performances to begin the 2013 season, many were wondering whether or not the Colts had what it took to contend for a Super Bowl. Finally, after a huge win over the San Francisco 49ers, the answer was very clear. The Colts are one of the league’s best teams and Luck is one of the best young gunslingers out there. Luck has completed 61 of 93 passes this season for 663 yards and three scores. He is also the team’s leading rusher with 14 carries for 100 yards and two touchdowns. The league’s fourth-best rushing offense has gotten even better with the addition of Trent Richardson. Watch out for the Ahmad Bradshaw-Richardson duo for the remainder of the season.
On the other hand, the Jacksonville Jaguars are not what you would consider a top NFL team. In fact, they’re widely considered the worst team in the league and with the worst offense and one of the worst defenses, there’s no debating that one. Jacksonville averages just 9.3 points per game and the quarterback situation is a big reason for the woes on the offensive side of the ball. Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert have been less than impressive this season as they lead the 29th ranked passing offense. Maurice Jones-Drew might be looking for a new home soon as it seems like he can get no help from the offensive line in the run game, racking up just 115 yards and a touchdown on 44 carries this season.
Defensively, the Jaguars have the worst run-stopping unit in the league. They ranked 32nd, allowing 167.7 yards per game which will be good for Richardson, Bradshaw and Luck when he needs to scramble. The Jags’ secondary ranks ninth in the league with just over 200 yards allowed per game. Indianapolis allows the sixth-least points in the league, but also has a hard time stopping the run, ranking 26th in the league. Jones-Drew might have his first big day of the season.
PREDICTION: Colts 37, Jaguars 13