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A Quick Look: Indianapolis Colts @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Intro: The Colts (0-2) will kick off their 2014 AFC South slate with a trip to Jacksonville (0-2) on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EST. The Colts are 18-8 all-time against the Jaguars.


INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts will finally get back into their usual Sunday afternoon time slot in Week Three of the regular season.

The trip to Jacksonville also marks the open of the Colts 2014 AFC South schedule.

Last year, the Colts went 6-0 against their division foes, marking just the third time in franchise history they went undefeated against the AFC South.

Over the next four weeks, the Colts will take on all three AFC South teams with two of those contests coming on the road.

The Jaguars come into Sunday's home opener at 0-2 after losses to the Eagles and Redskins.

In Week One, the Jaguars looked prime to pull off a major upset against the defending NFC East champions.

Behind a pair of forced turnovers, the Jaguars jumped out to a 17-0 halftime over the Eagles.

Things began to change once Eagles running back Darren Sproles went 49 yards for a third quarter touchdown on a fourth-and-one play.

Having a three-score halftime lead disappear so quickly was heartbreaking for a team looking to breakthrough.

Last week against the Redskins, the Jaguars were down 21-7 at halftime and had a few possessions with a chance to cut it to a one score game but could not put something together.

In falling 41-10 to the Redskins, Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne was sacked 10 times and starting running back Toby Gerhart was held to just eight rushing yards on seven carries.

Henne is currently dealing with a plethora of young skill players that are changing by the week.

The injury to last year's leading receiver Cecil Shorts is something to watch before Sunday afternoon's matchup. Shorts is hoping to practice on Wednesday.

The Jaguars will be without veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis, who is sidelined for six-to-eight weeks with a high ankle sprain.

Finding playmakers on the offensive side of the ball is a work in progress right now for the Jaguars.

Colts fans are used to seeing Maurice Jones-Drew on the other side of the ball when Jacksonville pops up on the schedule.

However, MJD has moved on to Oakland and the new era in Jacksonville continues to take shape.


*2014 Record: *0-2, 4th in the AFC South.                             

*Head Coach: *Gus Bradley, 2nd season as Jaguars head coach and 2nd NFL season as head coach (4-14 overall regular season).

*2014 NFL Rankings: *Offense – Overall, 32nd (227.0); Rushing, 32nd (44.5); Passing, 28th (182.5) Defense – Overall, 29th (434.5); Rushing, 28th (168.0); Passing, 26th (266.5).

2014 Leading Passer: Chad Henne (31-of-78 comp., 459 yards, 53.5 pct., 3 TDs, 1 INT).

*2014 Leading Rusher: *Toby Gerhart (25 carries, 50 yards, 0 TDs).

*2014 Leading Receiver: *Marcedes Lewis (8 receptions, 103 yards, 1 TD).

2014 Leading Sacker:  Allen Branch and Ryan Davis (2.0)

2014 Turnover Breakdown:  plus 1 (tied for 12th).

2014 NFL Draft Results:  With new general manager David Caldwell in place for his second draft with the Jaguars, he kept things extremely quiet during the draft process. Caldwell took Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles with the third overall pick. Bortles was a bright spot throughout the preseason and much of the fan base waits for him to take the reigns. In the second round, the Jaguars took Marqise Lee out of USC. Lee is a dynamic receiver that had been talked about as a top-10 pick before battling some injuries in college.

*2013 Review: *With a new regime in place, the Jaguars ended the 2013 season with some solid momentum. Jacksonville lost its first eight games of 2013 but turned things around following a Week Nine bye week. The Jaguars won four of their next five after the bye week. It's clear new head coach Gus Bradley was trying to infuse a new culture in Jacksonville and as the year went on that began to take shape.

Last time in Playoffs:  2007 season. Lost to the New England Patriots, 31-20, in the Divisional Round of the Playoffs.

*Last time in Super Bowl: *Never.

*Super Bowl Championships: *None.

2014 Pro Bowl Selections: LB-Paul Posluszny.

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