The Jacksonville Jaguars travel to Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday to take on the Indianapolis Colts. While this game certainly isn’t the most eye-catching on the NFL’s Week 3 schedule, there are plenty of players to keep an eye on.
The Jaguars are 0-2 and possess the worst offense in the NFL, tallying only 236 total yards per game against the likes of the Minnesota Vikings and Houston Texans. Their defense isn’t much better, ranking 23rd and allowing 400 yards per game.
While the statistics certainly do not lie, Jacksonville is a young team trying to find its identity this season. And running back Maurice Jones-Drew’s holdout provided nothing positive to start the season, either.
The Colts are also young in spots on the roster, but the presence of rookie quarterback Andrew Luck seems to have provided a sense of calm in Indianapolis.
Luck admitted that in the 41-21 loss to the Chicago Bears, the speed of the game had changed, even from the preseason. But the young signal-caller did a much better job in last week’s 23-20 home win against the Minnesota Vikings.
This game might not be must-see TV, but it could end up being the coming-out party for a couple players on the field.
Here is one bold prediction for each team in Sunday’s matchup.
Justin Blackmon Tallies 5 Receptions for 80 Yards and a Touchdown
Rookie wide receiver Justin Blackmon has not been a factor so far this season. However, opportunities for him to prove his worth have been few and far between.
With only three receptions for 24 yards through the season’s first two games, it is hard to gauge just where he is with his development as a wideout in this league. But he is far too talented for this slump to go on too long, even in the anemic Jacksonville offense.
The Colts pass defense ranks 25th in the league, giving up 273 yards per game to opposing offenses.
The Jaguars should be playing catch up most of the day, giving quarterback Blaine Gabbert and Blackmon plenty of opportunities to hook up.
Donald Brown Has Career Day, Tallies 160 Yards and 2 TDs (Week 15 W vs. Tenn. 16/161/1)
There is no question; Donald Brown is Indy's No. 1 running back. But he certainly hasn’t been consistent throughout his career with the franchise.
While the Colts rank near the bottom of the league in rushing yards at 73.5 yards per game, they have faced two solid run defenses through the first two games. Game circumstances have also limited the team’s ability to muster much of anything on the ground.
However, that should all change against the Jaguars on Sunday.
Jacksonville has allowed 169.5 rushing yards per game (31st in the league) and a total of five touchdowns on the ground (tied for the last) through the season’s first two weeks.
The Colts should be playing with a lead for most of the game in front of the home crowd, so Brown’s number will be called a lot. Look for a huge game out of the running back.