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The Jacksonville Jaguars will look for a much-needed win when they travel to Lucas Oil Stadium to take on the Indianapolis Colts. The Jaguars are in the midst of an implosion as the team has lost four straight games. Meanwhile, the Colts are coming off of consecutive wins to move the team’s record to 3-5. Look for this game to be competitive as both teams need to win this game in order to save their respective seasons.
Andrew Luck Looks To Carry Colts Once Again
This season was supposed to be a very important one for the Colts as star quarterback Andrew Luck was finally healthy for the first time in several years. The Colts were expected to rely on Luck to lead the team to multiple victories despite the team’s lack of talent and depth. That prediction has been extremely accurate as the Colts’ season has relied on his shoulders throughout the team’s first eight games. The Colts have also had a serious of quality performances from running backs Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines to help establish some offensive balance.
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) October 28, 2018
The Colts offense is led by star quarterback Andrew Luck who has not missed a step since returning from injury. This season, Luck has thrown for over 2,100 passing yards and 23 passing touchdowns with only eight interceptions. Luck has proven once again that he is truly an elite quarterback and he will need to do most of the heavy lifting if the Colts plan on winning this divisional game at home. Look for Luck to have a lot of opportunities to leave his imprint on this game as a result.
Indianapolis’ offense is currently averaging 28.9 points per game which is the sixth-most in the league. The team is also averaging 263.9 passing yards per game which ranks 13th.
Blake Bortles Needs To Play Better
Last season, the Jacksonville Jaguars were inches away from reaching the Super Bowl and were hoping to return to the promised land this season. However, that has not happened as the team’s season has gone off of the rails. After starting out 3-1, the team has lost four straight and has looked like a shell of its former self. However, the AFC South is still up in the air and the Jaguars could theoretically still win the division if they rally the troops. A victory this Sunday would be crucial for this team to truly turn this season around.
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) October 28, 2018
Jacksonville’s offense is led by quarterback Blake Bortles who has been awful this season. This season, Bortles has thrown for over 2,000 passing yards and eight passing touchdowns along with eight interceptions. If that turnover differential was not bad enough, Bortles has also lost five fumbles which has put his team’s defense in some terrible spots. If Jacksonville plans on winning this game, Bortles will need to take care of the ball. Look for Bortles to play a bit more conservatively and to rely on short passes in order to avoid throwing some critical interceptions.
- Colts are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games after scoring more than 30 points in their previous game.
- Colts are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. AFC South.
- Jaguars are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 meetings against the Colts.
- Jaguars are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a bye week.
- Jaguars are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Although Jacksonville has struggled in recent weeks, I simply cannot see the Colts being worthy of laying three or more points in any game. The Colts have an inconsistent offensive line and a below average defense which should give up some big offensive plays to Jacksonville this Sunday. I think that Jacksonville’s pass rush will get to Luck and its secondary will shut down the Colts’ receiving corps. I think the Jaguars will win this game outright so there is a lot of value with the three points.
Prediction: Jaguars +3
Full-Game Total Pick
Despite the team’s struggles, Jacksonville’s defense is still elite. Jacksonville has the ability to shut down this Colts offense and Blake Bortles has been unable to generate any consistency this season for Jacksonville’s passing attack. I expect both offenses to struggle a bit in this game and I think that 47 points is a bit too much for both teams to reach together. I see this game landing around 44 or so personally.
Prediction: Under 47