Jacksonville Jaguars’ Rushing Attack Needs To Be Strong vs. Indianapolis Colts

By Juan Pablo Aravena
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Even though the Jacksonville Jaguars have nothing to play for record-wise in their final game of the regular season, it will be a good sign if the team can end up their 2013 campaign with a win on the road.

The rival is no easy feat, though, as the Jags will travel to the Lucas Oil Stadium to take on Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. The winners of the AFC South will be looking to end their regular campaign with a W as well before the start of the postseason next week.

Even though the Colts are superior in several areas in comparison to the Jaguars, one area where Jacksonville can really hurt Indianapolis is on the ground. The Colts have had trouble stopping the run all season long, and the Jaguars have two dynamic players that could create havoc on the opposing defense this Sunday.

Jordan Todman and Maurice Jones-Drew have both produced in recent weeks, and they should see plenty of carries against a Colts defense that has been average – at best – against the run game in 2013.

With only one game left to be played in the campaign, the Colts are the fifth-worst defensive unit in total yards allowed on the ground, 22nd in touchdowns allowed and are also seventh in yards-per-attempt, permitting 4.5 yards per carry. It’s clearly an ideal scenario for the Jags’ rushing attack, and if both Todman and MJD can produce at a high level the Jags might end up with a surprising victory to end their campaign.

It remains to be seen how the Jaguars’ defensive unit will play against an offense led by Andrew Luck, but if the Colts can’t stop the run they will be in deep trouble on Sunday in front of their fans.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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