The Indianapolis Colts (6-5) head down to Duval County in Jacksonville, Florida to take on division rival Jacksonville Jaguars (3-8) Sunday at 1:00 PM ET.
If I told you before the season the Indianapolis Colts would be 6-5 and right in the thick of playoff contention, and the Jacksonville Jaguars were 3-8 and primed for a lottery pick, you probably would have thrown a rock at me. But that is the reality of the NFL today.
The Colts look to continue their five-game winning streak against a depleted Jaguars team, as they will be without both star cornerback Jalen Ramsey and star running back Leonard Fournette. Interestingly enough, the Jags are also benching starter Blake Bortles, who has carved the Colts up for the most part, for backup Cody Kessler.
It will be a weird game. Here is how we at Ink on Indy think things will happen on Sunday:
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Greg Huss (contributor)
Putting this as nicely as I possibly can, the Jaguars are really bad at football this season. They sport a 3-8 record and the fifth worst scoring clip in the NFL, at 17.9 points per game. Meanwhile, up in Indianapolis, the red hot Colts make their way down to Jacksonville with a five game win streak and one of, if not the hottest offenses in football. The Jags will be without Fournette due to suspension and Ramsey due to injury; add in Cody Kessler making his first start of the year and you have a match up made in heaven for the Colts.
Colts 37 Jaguars 13
Luke Allen (site expert)
Oh what a fall from grace the Jacksonville Jaguars have experienced. One stop away from representing the AFC in the Super Bowl last year, to being the laughingstock of the NFL this year; it is not a fun time to be a Jaguar. The defense that carried the team to the AFC title game last year looks like a bottom tier unit in the league this year, and Blake Bortles just cannot get it done at the quarterback position. Take arguably their best two players away on Sunday, and put them against the hottest team in football, and it will not be pretty. Andrew Luck will have a big day, including four touchdown throws.
Colts 34 Jaguars 20
Tanner Clark (contributor)
With Bortles, Fournette, and Ramsey all not playing for the Jaguars on Sunday, the road to a win gets that much easier for the Colts. Indianapolis seems to be hitting their stride right now, as they have won five straight games and the team is clicking on all cylinders. Despite the Colts losing tight end Jack Doyle for the season, I believe the Colts will be just fine with Eric Ebron (and his 11 touchdowns) and the rest of the tight end group. In my opinion, the Colts take this game by a bigger margin than last time and Andrew Luck tosses for another three or more touchdowns, extending that streak to nine games.
Colts 38 Jaguars 17
The Indianapolis Colts are a 4-point favorite, in Jacksonville, which says a lot. A win would give the Colts a 7-5 record, and extend their winning streak to 6 games. It would also possibly push the Colts into a wildcard spot, but they will need some help.