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Seven Things To Watch For: Colts/Jaguars Edition

Intro: The Colts 2014 divisional opener will commence on Sunday afternoon in Jacksonville. Here are seven things to watch for in the Colts and Jaguars Week Three matchup.


INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts will look for their eighth straight win against the AFC South on Sunday afternoon.

It will be two teams searching for their first win of 2014.

What should fans be looking for when the Colts head to Jacksonville on Sunday afternoon?

1. Channel Urgency Into Fast Start

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-While the fast start wasn't immediate on Monday night, the Colts couldn't have really scripted a better first half against the Eagles. That's once again a key this weekend especially when heading to Jacksonville for the Jaguars home opener. An early lead should take any energy from a home opener right out of EverBank Field.

2. Getting To Chad Henne

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-The Jaguars have given up 13 sacks in their first two games and are once again reshuffling their offensive line in two spots. The Colts have just one sack in their first two games. Will going up against a more conventional offense allow for the Colts to get after Henne?

3. Taking The South

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-Currently, the Colts sit two games behind the leader of the AFC South, the Houston Texans. Starting Sunday, the Colts will play three division games in the next 19 days. Safe to say this division could potentially have an entirely new look come mid-October.

*4. Front Seven Depth *

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-With Art Jones and Jerrell Freeman ruled OUT for Sunday, the Colts front seven depth will once again be tested. In place of Jones, should be Ricky Jean Francois, who has played well early this season. Look for Josh McNary to get his second straight start at inside linebacker for Freeman.

5. The Butler Going Home

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-Darius Butler will have his own cheering section at EverBank Field this weekend. Butler has put on a show for family and friends the last two seasons in Jacksonville. He has three interceptions, two returned for touchdowns, in the Colts last two trips to take on the Jaguars.

*6. Luck's Start To 2014       *

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-Compared to his last two seasons, Luck's numbers to start 2014 have been very similar. The three interceptions eat at the Colts quarterback though. This marks the first time since Luck's sophomore season at Stanford that he prepares for a game following back-to-back losses.

*7. Four Games In 19 Days *

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-Starting Sunday the Colts will play four games in the next 19 days (@Jacksonville (9/21), Tennessee (9/28), Baltimore (10/5) and @Houston (10/9). The combination of an 0-2 record plus three AFC South games on the horizon leads to an important early stretch for a team that has January aspirations.

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