Almost two months ago, the Colts flopped at home, giving Jacksonville its first and only win thus far. This Thursday night, the Colts travel to Jacksonville to redeem themselves. On top of that, they will also be searching for their fourth straight win.
This is a completely new Colts team than the one that lost to the Jags in September. Since then, Colts coach Chuck Pagano has inspired the team with his fight against leukemia. Andrew Luck has emerged as not only the best rookie quarterback, but one of the best quarterbacks in the AFC—period. The defense has also stepped up, allowing an average of only 15 points in the previous three games.
The Jaguars will have a very difficult time scoring points. Their best player, arguably the best running back in the league, Maurice Jones-Drew, will miss Thursday's game with a sprained foot. No doubt, this will put pressure on Blaine Gabbert to throw more, giving the Colts defense more opportunities to make big plays.
Even without Jones-Drew, the Jags will keep it close. But the Colts will match Jacksonville's intensity. Indianapolis' offense will start slowly but will gain momentum in the second half to pull out its fourth straight win.
Prediction: Colts 26 Jaguars 16