Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: Spread Info, Line and Predictions
The Jacksonville Jaguars haven't had much success in the 2012 season but they do have one victory on their resume. That victory came against the Indianapolis Colts on the road in Week 3.
Seven weeks later and the same Colts squad heads to Jacksonville in attempt to rectify their Week 3 issues.
Indianapolis is a team on the rise and Jacksonville is a team that has a blurry future. If you're the Colts, these are the teams you must defeat if you plan on playing in January.
Let's dive into the latest spread information, lines and more.
When: Thursday, Nov. 8 at 8:20 p.m. ET
Where: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Fla.
Watch: NFL Network
Listen: WLHK 97.1 FM (Indy); Sirius: 93, 92
Spread: Jacksonville +3 (via Covers)
Indianapolis always plays close games, and being that the game is on the road, it might be your best bet to take Jacksonville with the points.
Over/Under: 42.5 (via Covers)
Your best bet is to go under here. Jacksonville's offense is lackluster at best and Indianapolis tends to keep things close. Expect a low scoring affair in this division rivalry.
Indianapolis Colts (via CBS Sports)
Jacksonville Jaguars (via CBS Sports)
|Blaine Gabbert||Left Shoulder||Probable|
Fantasy Big Plays
Indianapolis: WR Reggie Wayne
At the midway point of the Colts' season, no other offensive weapon has benefited more from a consistent quarterback than veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne. He has 61 receptions, 835 yards and three touchdowns.
Wayne will be going up against one of the worst passing defenses in the league (25th) minus Rashean Mathis.
Huge numbers. Expect them.
Projected Stats: 9 receptions, 130 yards, 1 TD
Jacksonville: QB Blaine Gabbert
Blaine Gabbert has been asked to do more in the past two weeks and it's helped him develop and progress as a quarterback. He still isn't where he needs to be, but he has played well of late posting four touchdowns and just two interceptions in the past three games.
On Sept. 23, Gabbert and his Jaguars went to Indianapolis and defeated the Colts 22-17. Gabbert passed for 155 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.
With the entire offense on his shoulders this week, Gabbert and his progression this season will continue to show itself.
Projected Stats: 230 yards passing, 2 TD
Key to Victory
Allowing Andrew Luck to be aggressive
Bruce Arians has done a fantastic job allowing the rookie quarterback to play his style of football. Instead of forcing Luck into being a game manager like most rookies, something he is clearly not, both Arians and Luck are in a system they enjoy running.
Going up against a porous pass defense, Arians and Luck can't look to the ground for answers. They must pass the ball and live with some of the mistakes the rookie might make.
Indianapolis has won five games decided by six points or less. They are accustomed to playing in close games and despite having a rookie at the helm, they are accustomed to winning close games.
Indianapolis 23, Jacksonville 20
Indianapolis squeezes out another close one.
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