It looks as if the Jacksonville Jaguars are heading towards another disappointing season following a pair of losses to start the season. The Jaguars next chance at getting their first win of the season will come in a road test against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. This game had remained off-the-board as of Tuesday morning in the majority of sportsbooks, though one betting shop is laying 2.5-points with the Colts in NFL odds.
In its 27-7 loss to the Houston Texans in Week Two, the Jaguars could muster just 117 yards of total offense, which was a franchise low. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert went just 7 of 19 for 53 yards before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a leg injury. Gabbert is listed as questionable against Colts and if he does not go, backup Chad Henne will get the call at quarterback.
The Jaguars hope to have a ball-control offense this season with running back Maurice Jones-Drew doing most of the heavy lifting. However, that game plan had to be thrown out the window when the Texans jumped out to a 17-0 lead midway through the second quarter.
Gabbert outlined the Jaguars’ troubles in his post-game news conference.
“We killed ourselves,” Gabbert said. “We were 0-for-9 on Third Downs, just a lack of execution. Had a bunch of mental mistakes. We just shot ourselves in the foot and you can’t win football games in the NFL by doing that.”
The Colts enter this following their first win of the Andrew Luck-era. Indianapolis did just enough to beat the Vikings 23-20 in Week 2. Luck was a solid 20 of 31 for 224 yards and two touchdowns, while wide receiver Donnie Avery emerged as a leading target of Luck’s with nine catches for 111 yards.
These two teams met at the end of the 2011 season with the Jaguars getting a 19-13 home win. This looks to be a game with teams heading in opposite directions. The Colts are showing signs of life following a dismal 2011 season, but the Jaguars have yet to show any hint at improvement from a year ago. The NFL odds have yet to be posted for this one, but we’re leaning towards the Colts.