The season is almost over. There's one more regular season game left, and then it's time for the playoffs. This week, the Colts face the division opponent Jacksonville Jaguars to close out the regular season. The game will be broadcast at 1:00 p.m. eastern on CBS, with Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker announcing. Bob Lamey and Jim Sorgi will announce the game locally on the radio on WFNI and WHLK. Here's all you need to know to get ready for tomorrow's game:
What Happened Last Week?
The Colts put together one of their best performances of the season by beating the Kansas City Chiefs on the road, 23-7. The Colts defense was completely dominant and the offense played well, too. It was the second straight dominating, double-digit win for the Colts and they appear to be getting hot at the right time.
The Jaguars lost at home to the Titans, 20-16, on a Ryan Fitzpatrick touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter to give the Titans the lead, which the Jaguars were not able to overcome. Still, the Jaguars are a very much improved team since the last time they played the Colts and are playing tough despite not having anything to play for in terms of the playoffs.
What Happened the First Time?
The first time the Colts played the Jacksonville, and the Colts dominated the Jaguars 37-3. It was the most complete performance of the year from the Colts, who held the Jaguars to just 205 yards, 3 points, and forced 3 turnovers. Darius Butler had a pick-six and Andrew Luck had two touchdown passes in the Colts route.
Pagano on the Game vs. the Jaguars:
Here is what Colts head coach Chuck Pagano had to say this week about the game against the Jaguars:
"We got a team coming in here that's won four out of their last seven ball games. Coach (Gus) Bradley's done a great job with those guys since the bye week. They've done nothing but get better and better, and they're coming here to win a football game. Certainly we better be prepared for that. You just turn the tape on and the tape speaks for itself."
Ricky Jean Francois, DL (foot)
Mike McGlynn, OL (elbow)
Sergio Brown, S (groin)
Cory Redding, DL (shoulder)
Antoine Bethea, S (ankle)
Darius Butler, CB (quad)
Vontae Davis, CB (groin)
Aubrayo Franklin, DL (rest)
Robert Mathis, OLB (rest)
Hugh Thornton, OL (neck)
Greg Toler, CB (groin)
Jeff Linkenbach, OL (quad)
Joe Reitz, OL (concussion)
For more on the injury situations, read my notes from yesterday's press conference with Chuck Pagano.
The Colts have a chance to reach 11 wins for the second straight year behind Chuck Pagano and Andrew Luck, and they also have the chance to go 6-0 in the division. Despite the fact that the Jaguars are only 4-11 and lost by 34 the first time around, they have shown that they usually play the Colts tough (especially in Indianapolis) and actually the loss to the Jaguars in Indy last year ended up being the difference for the Colts in finishing as a wild card instead of winning the division. The Colts' main goal is getting ready for the playoffs while the Jaguars are a much improved team since the first time around, and so I don't expect this game to be like the last two for the Colts - meaning I think it'll be close. But I think the Colts will win this game and will finish 6-0 in the division. COLTS 23, JAGUARS 17