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Number Crunching: Colts/Jaguars Home Edition

Intro: Our “number crunching” series on continues this week with a slew of numbers to watch in the Colts and Jaguars meeting in a Week 17 matchup on New Year’s Day.


INDIANAPOLIS – Curious on some key numbers ahead of the Week 17 matchup between the Colts (7-8) and Jaguars (3-12)?

Here are 10 numbers to keep an eye on with the Colts and Jaguars kicking off at 1:00 p.m. EST on Sunday:


The number of sacks the Colts have allowed the last two weeks. Unlike past years, the Colts will enter the off-season with positive momentum along the offensive line. Even with guys like Jonotthan Harrison and Le'Raven Clark being thrown into the starting lineup, the group hasn't allowed Andrew Luck to be sacked in consecutive weeks for the first time in his five-year career. The entire offensive line, minus Hugh Thornton, is under contract for 2017.


The number of wins the Colts have following a victory this season. The inability to string wins together in 2016 is a major, major reason why the Colts will be postseason spectators this season. The Colts are 1-6 in games following wins. In those seven games, the Colts have a minus 11 turnover differential.


The consecutive number of wins the Jaguars have over the Colts. Revenge should be on the minds of the Colts this week. Jacksonville has struggled mightily against the rest of the NFL lately. In their last 21 games, the Jaguars are 2-0 against the Colts and 2-17 versus the rest of the NFL.


The position Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey was drafted in this past year. Ramsey took home the AFC's Defensive Player of the Week award last week. Ramsey has been a definite bright spot for the Jaguars. Back in Week Four, Ramsey was a big reason why T.Y. Hilton had just 42 receiving yards.


The current draft position for the Colts going into Week 17. For many fans, this is the only thing that matters with the playoff chances now gone. The Colts could select anywhere from 9th overall to 19th with one game left in the season.


The streak of consecutive games Andrew Luck has thrown a touchdown in. Luck currently has the NFL's longest active streak of games with a TD pass. In his fifth NFL season, Luck has bounced back from a season-ending injury and is on pace to finish this year with a career-high in passer rating and completion percentage.


The number of rushing yards Frank Gore needs to reach 1,000 for the season. Gore has had at least 37 rushing yards in every game Andrew Luck has started this season. What a record Gore has a terrific chance to reach on Sunday. A 1,000-yard season for Gore would be the first time an NFL player at least 33 years old has eclipsed that mark since 1984.


The number of days until free agency starts after Sunday's close to the regular season. The new league year begins on Thursday, March 9th this year. The Colts have several free agents ending 2016 on a strong note. Guys like Mike Adams, Darius Butler, Jack Doyle, Robert Turbin and Erik Walden will all be hitting the open market in 2017.


The jersey number for Robert Mathis, who will play his final NFL game on Sunday. What a career for one of the game's greatest pass rushers. Mathis will finish his career with 128.5 sacks and having taken down 61 different players. Mathis is the franchise's all-time sack leader. The former fifth-round pick deserves a resounding send off after playing with the Colts for all 14 years.


The number of receiving yards T.Y. Hilton has this season, the most in the NFL. Hilton already has career highs in catches (85) and yards (1,353) this season. With a 30-yard lead on the rest of the NFL, Hilton has a chance to join four former Colts as an NFL receiving champion (Reggie Wayne, Marvin Harrison, Roger Carr and Raymond Berry).

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