Peyton Manning & Indianapolis Colts (-7) Look To Keep Rolling Against Jacksonville Jaguars

October 1st, 2010 – by Alex

The Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2) will attempt to bounce back from a horrible Week 3 performance as they host Peyton Manning the Indianapolis Colts (2-1) this week. This game is slated to kickoff at 4:05pm EST, and coverage can be seen on CBS as well as DirecTV channel 712.

The Jaguars opened the season impressively with a victory over the sporadic Denver Broncos, however, the good times ended there as the team hasn’t won a game since. The biggest problem for the squad thus far in this early season as they’ve been averaging a measly 13.5 points per game, 241.5 yards per game, 109.5 yards per game and 132 rushing yards per game.

Quarterback, David Garrard hasn’t been helping things with a passer rating of 66.7 and 448 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions through three games. Running back, Maurice Jones-Drew who had lofty expectations placed on him from the get-go has been disappointment with a mere 217 yards on the ground and no touchdowns. Receiver, Mike Sims-Walker has made the best of things en route to 12 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown, as has tight end Marcedes Lewis whose caught 10 passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns, however neither have had a significant impact on the team’s wins total.

Defensively, the Jaguars have been averaging 27.3 points per game and 404.3 yards. They’ve forced five turnovers on the season and are tied for sixth in the league with seven sacks. It doesn’t look to get any easier for this group this week when the team faces a high-powered Colts offense that lit the New York Giants up.

Nevertheless, the key against Indianapolis will be the offense. Barring a complete and utter change in philosophy on the offensive side of the ball, the team will continue to struggle. It’s unlikely Garrard will be able to regain his once impressive form, but at the very least, he needs to keep the turnovers down against a fairly weak Colts defense. If he can do that, then Jones-Drew should at least be able to get a few opportunities to pound it into the end zone for the first time this year.

Meanwhile, after opening the season up with a shocking loss, the Colts have been very strong since then with two great victories. Manning, amazingly enough, is having an even better season than anyone could have expected throwing for nine touchdowns, 1013 yards, no interceptions and a 116.9 passer rating thus far in the year. Receiver Austin Collie has done an adequate job at replacing an injured Pierre Garcon with 27 catches for 359 yards and four touchdowns. The star of the receiving group, Reggie Wayne has caught 18 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns. Running back, Joseph Addai has rushed for 165 yards while Donald Brown has chipped in 81 yards.

On the other end of the field the Colts have allowed 20.3 points per game and 377 yards per game. They have also recorded seven sacks on the season with Robert Mathis ranking second in the league with four of them. At the same time, Dwight Freeney ranks eighth with three.

The Colts should have no problems disposing of the Jaguars despite the fact that they’re playing on the road. Offensively they should be able to absolutely destroy a struggling Jaguars defense. On the defensive end, however, they have to be careful not to allow the Jags to explode. All weak performances end at some point, and the Colts don’t want to the victims of the Jags’ offense’s breakout game.

Game Lines: The Jacksonville Jaguars are listed as 7 underdogs according to NFL Week 4 Betting Odds despite their homefield advantage. Additionally, Bodog Sportsbook has set the over/under at a total of 46 points. So far this season, Jacksonville is 1-2 against the spread and Indianapolis is 2-1 against the spread.

NFL Against The Spread Betting Trends: The Jaguars are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games, 1-5 ATS in their last six games and 4-14 ATS in their last 18 games. Meanwhile, the Colts are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games as a road favorite, 6-1 ATS against a team with a losing record and 14-6-1 ATS in their last 21 games.

NFL Head to Head Betting Trends: The Indianapolis Colts enter on a hot trend in the series, going 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 played in Jacksonville. Furthermore, the visiting team is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

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