Colts face another beatable opponent
The Indianapolis Colts are home for a second straight week, facing a beatable opponent. The Colts (1-1) are favored by a field goal over the winless (0-2) Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday at 1 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts are not expected to win many games this season. But they have a favorable opportunity to head into a bye week with a winning record.
"I think they are a lot better than their record shows," Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck said of the Jaguars. "Defensively, they are very tough. They have a tough front seven. They play hard. You're not going to get easy yards on them. As an offense, I think we know it's going to be a dogfight. It'll be a good game."
The Jaguars swept the two games against the Colts last season for the first time in the history of the AFC South division. The Colts still hold a dominating 15-7 edge in the all-time series, including 8-3 at home.
"It's always a good game and as a competitor, that's what you want," said Colts safety Antoine Bethea. "You want to play against the best and it's a divisional game. It's a big game for us. You just go out there and try to have fun."
The Colts top defensive priority will be tackling Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew. Last year's NFL rushing champion averages over 100 yards rushing in 12 career games against the Colts. Jones-Drew has scored 13 touchdowns againts the Colts, 4th most scored by one player against the Colts.
"Everybody knows him across the league on what he can do and what he can bring," said Colts defensive end Cory Redding. "It's going to be a fight. It's going to be a good game and I'm looking forward to it. At the end of the day you know he's going to get the ball at least 30-40 times so you just have to gear up. When he's coming downhill the first guy to hit him must hold on and everybody else rally around. That's just pretty much going to the be the mindset first and foremost, taking away what they do best."
The Colts will honor their all-time rushing leader, Edgerrin James, during a halftime ceremony. James will be inducted into the Colts Ring of Honor.
"I liked everything about being up there because when I played, it was fun and we won a lot of games," James said. "I don't have one particular moment. I had a nice time there. Some of the best times in my life were in Indianapolis."
I have the Colts winning five games this season. Sunday is win number two. We'll take you inside the Colts huddle Sunday after the game at 6:00 p.m. and on the 13 Sports JAM after Sunday night football.