The Jacksonville Jaguars will try and rebound from perhaps the worse performances in franchise history when it travels to Indianapolis to take on Andrew Luck and the Colts Sunday. The Jags’, who set a new franchise-mark for futility when totaling just 117 yards against the Houston Texans in Week Two, are listed as 3-point road underdogs against the Colts in the NFL odds.
Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who left the Texans’ game with an injury to his gluteus maximus, has been limited in practice this week but is expected to start against the Colts. The second-year pro performed admirably in the Jags’ Week One loss to the Minnesota Vikings, but regressed badly when going 7 of 19 for just 55 yards against the Texans.
Head coach Mike Mularkey remains confident in Gabbert—at least publicly. Mularkey noted this week that Gabbert has yet to throw an interception and added the supporting cast has not done enough to help the quarterback.
Gabbert could be in another tough position this week because of injuries to the offensive line. Starting right tackle Cam Bradfield and left guard Eben Britton are both likely to miss the Colts game. The depleted offensive line could have a tough time protecting Gabbert and opening up holes for running back Maurice Jones-Drew.
Offensive line hasn’t been the only Jaguars unit hit by the injury bug. Jacksonville’s linebacker corp has also been decimated by injuries. Linebackers Daryl Smith and Clint Sessions, both considered above-average NFL defenders, will be out against the Colts.
The Jaguars swept its two matchups against the Colts a season ago, but there are questions swirling around this team and a season sweep seems highly unlikely this time around. Of course, the Jaguars faced one of the best teams in the league last week in the Texans and figure to match up a little better against the rebuilding Colts. Still, with all the injuries and the problems on offense it may be best to take a wait-and-see approach with the Jags. Look for the Colts to cover the 3-point line.