it's Jags week. We've been getting worked up for several days
now, but have calmed down just enough to tell you all what to watch
for. In what is clearly the game of the day on Sunday, make sure
for a banner.
A win Sunday wouldn’t guarantee the Colts an AFC South Title,
but it might as well.
hang banners for division titles, so a win would assure them of their 5th
straight title in the AFC South.
The Jags sometimes get national play, but until they can
consistently beat the Colts (just 1-5 in their last six games against
Indy), they won’t have earned it.
for Charlie Johnson’s reign of terror to come to an end.
I thought it was over last week when Ugoh practiced but CJ didn’t,
but inexplicably Johnson played and Ugoh was inactive.
Colts desperately need some stability along the offensive line to help
spur the offense. Ugoh has been practicing all week. So has
CJ. Let's hope we don't see him at left tackle.
for lazy bloggers
Deshawn have deprived their loyal listeners (both of them) of the 18 Plays
Podcast both of the last two games.
Will they get off their asses and record something this week?
for fourth down conversions. Mad
Jack has gone positively wacky in recent weeks, going for it on fourth
down in a variety of unorthodox positions.
He has the advantage of knowing he’ll get canned if he doesn’t win
at least 10 games, so he can just coach all out.
At the rate he’s going, he’ll get
rehired and doom the Jags to 4 more seasons of duking it out for wildcard berths.
for an overrated defense.
you a hint which one it is:
won’t be the one wearing blue and white.
The Jags rank 23rd
in the NFL by yards and just 18th
overall and 26th
against the run according to DVOA as
calculated by the footballoutsiders.com
It’s the Jags offense that has them winning, not their D.
for good nicknames. Try as we might
to popularize the Zombie and Microwave, the Jags Marcus Jones-Drew’s
nickname “Mo-Jo” is pretty much a lock for the best nickname in the
NFL. It’s at least in the top
5. This is the nicest thing we will
say about the Jags all week.
for a slow start.
The Colts have
seemed to get off to bad first quarters a lot recently.
A touchdown drive in the first quarter
might signal that a rout is on.
for Big Red. Luke Lawton is back
playing special teams and fullback.
His presence might have made a difference against
San Diego on the fateful 3rd
down rush late in the game. At the
very least he should open up more holes for Crap on the kickoffs.
Much like the Colts,
the Jags have been plagued by having to replace key players.
Mathis and Peterson have missed time, as
has Marcus Stroud up front.
Mathis and Peterson who are hurt, Stroud is on a drug suspension.
Like other cheaters the Colts have
played (Harrison and Merriman), he used performance enhancing drugs.
Fortunately, his suspension encompasses
this week as well, meaning his team won’t have him when they need him
for interceptions. Plural.
Garrard’s improbable streak ends this
week in a big way. The Colts have
knack for getting them in bunches.
for shifting roles.
should give us a good feel for how the D-Line will look for the rest of
We should learn who the
Colts plan to plug in at Defensive End.
This could be one of the decisive moments of the 2007 season.
for huge hits. The Colts secondary
really knocked the Jags around during the last game.
Garrard will be looking for the big pass
play and Marlin Jackson will be looking to smack someone into next week.
for a turning point.
This is a huge
game for the Jack Del Rio regime.
Whether they go on to win the division or not, the
coaching staff needs this
game to prove that they deserve a big contract extension.
They literally can’t afford to lose
another game to the Colts.
for excited fans. There’s just
something fun about beating the Jaguars.
They’re so eager and yet so hapless.
Some of us may even get as
for four passing touchdowns
bored members of the press have tried to paint Peyton Manning as a player
That’s a huge reach,
even for a journalist.
untracked at the best possible moment.
for squib kicks. The Jaguars only
bright spot in the last meeting came from a nice kickoff return from
MoJo. A short drive led to their
only score of the night. The Colts
seem to have accepted their special teams won’t improve until the
off-season. Directional kicks
for forced hype.
This sets up as a
strange game. It is by far the most important NFL game of the weekend as
far as playoff implications, but it is not a game the media is thrilled
The Colts are 8-3
over the past six seasons against the Jags and beat them by 22 earlier in
barely has a local fan base
let alone a national following.
Good luck with that CBS.
18.) Watch the
hatchet get buried and the wounds heal.
The angst that
goes along with allowing 375 yards rushing will be laid to rest this
weekend as the Colts sweep the season series decisively.
You can let it go now, Colts fans.