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Colts vs. Jaguars Preview, Score and More

Oct 1, 2010 – 9:07 AM
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John Oehser

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The Jaguars will play host to the Colts Sunday, and while some observers see the game as a mismatch history says otherwise.

The Colts, the defending AFC South and AFC Champions, have won two consecutive games after a season-opening loss at Houston, beating the New York Giants, 38-14, and the Denver Broncos, 27-13. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, the NFL's Most Valuable Player the last two seasons, has started as well as he ever has in 13 NFL seasons, and while the Colts' defense has allowed big yards in two of three games, Indianapolis hasn't been seriously challenged the last two games.

The Jaguars, meanwhile, are struggling after a positive start. They beat Denver, 24-17, in the season opener, a game that spawned optimism from their fans base, but they have sustained back-to-back one-sided losses the last two weeks -- 38-13 at San Diego and 28-3 to Philadelphia in Jacksonville.
Partly as a result of the last two weeks, the Jaguars enter the game with issues at quarterback.

David Garrard, the Jaguars' starter since 2007, threw three touchdown passes against Denver, but he has put together perhaps the worst two-game stretch of his career since, throwing four interceptions in San Diego and passing for 105 yards and an interception against the Eagles. The Jaguars acquired former Buffalo Bills starting quarterback Trent Edwards off waivers Tuesday, with Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio saying Edwards will be the No. 3 quarterback Sunday.

Still, history says Colts-Jaguars won't be one-sided. Although the Jaguars trail the all-time series between the teams, 14-4, they traditionally play the Colts tough, particularly in Jacksonville. The Jaguars beat the Colts 44-17 in Jacksonville in 2006, and although Indianapolis has won five of six meetings since, five of the six games have been decided by seven points or less.

Who: Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars

Where: EverBank Field; Jacksonville, Fla.

When: Sunday, Sept. 27, 4:05 p.m.

TV Coverage: CBS.

Players to Watch: Manning has thrown nine touchdowns with no interceptions this season, throwing three touchdown passes in each of the first three games. He is the NFL's leading passer with a rating of 116.9. Second-year wide receiver Austin Collie leads the NFL in all three major receiving categories -- receptions (27), (yards receiving (359) and touchdown receptions (four). Colts defensive end Robert Mathis has four sacks in three games and defensive end Dwight Freeney has three. Garrard is the NFL's 25th-rated passer with a rating of 66.7. He has thrown four interceptions with five touchdowns. Jaguars running back Maurice-Jones Drew, after rushing for more than 1,300 yards last season, has rushed for 217 yards on 57 carries and has been held without a touchdown through three games for the first time in his career.

Line: Colts by 7

Final Score: Jaguars 31 Colts 28

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