Colts 35

(14-0, 7-0 away)

Jaguars 31

(7-7, 5-3 home)

Coverage: NFL

8:20 PM ET, December 17, 2009

EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL 

1 2 3 4 T
IND 0 21 7 735
JAX 3 14 14 031

Top Performers

Passing: P. Manning (IND) - 308 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Jones-Drew (JAX) - 27 CAR, 110 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Wayne (IND) - 5 REC, 132 YDS, 1 TD

Colts-Jaguars Preview


Having wrapped up the AFC's No. 1 seed for the playoffs, the unbeaten Indianapolis Colts have very little at stake over the next three weeks.

Although Colts coach Jim Caldwell insists that finishing the regular season undefeated isn't a top priority, he plans to play his starters Thursday night against a Jacksonville Jaguars team that likely needs to win its final three games to make the postseason.

Indianapolis (13-0) captured its sixth AFC South title in seven years following a 35-27 win at Houston on Nov. 29, then wrapped up home-field advantage with a 28-16 victory over Denver on Sunday. The Colts set NFL records for consecutive regular-season wins (22) and victories in a decade (114) with their latest victory.

Indianapolis became the seventh team in league history to start 13-0 and could take a shot at a 19-0 season -- something that has never been achieved. Colts players and coaches have repeatedly denied any desire to focus on a perfect record, but Caldwell has not shown signs of letting up.

"We're going to approach the 14th game exactly like we did one through 13. We're going to prepare just like we did for the first 13 and we're going to play just like we did the first 13," Caldwell said. "The only thing that would deter anyone from playing is a health issue.

"We're not going to assign numbers, in terms of plays, for anybody. We didn't do that for the first 13 games, and we're not going to do it for No. 14, either."

This means quarterback Peyton Manning, wide receiver Reggie Wayne and defensive end Dwight Freeney are expected to play the rest of the way.

Unlike the Colts, the Jaguars (7-6) have plenty riding on their three remaining games.

With a 6-3 conference record, Jacksonville would earn a playoff spot by winning all three contests. A loss would result in the Jaguars needing help to avoid missing the postseason for the eighth time in 10 years.

"We know that we have to win out," guard Uche Nwaneri said. "That's really the only way to ensure that we'll be in the playoffs. You don't want to leave it to needing to win this and hope these people lose or these people lose. We control our own fate. We still have that fortunately.

"It's going to be a tough, three-game season. But this is what you play football for, for opportunities to force yourself into the playoffs."

Although Jacksonville, which hasn't lost back-to-back games since opening 0-2, controls its postseason fate, it must defeat a Colts team that hasn't lost since Oct. 27, 2008, to maintain that situation.

Indianapolis beat Jacksonville 14-12 in the teams' Sept. 13 opener, and the Colts are 12-4 against the Jaguars with Manning at quarterback. The three-time league MVP, 28 of 38 for 301 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the September meeting, passed for 4,354 yards with 30 TDs and 11 picks in those 16 games.

Manning is looking to get back on track following a shaky performance against the Broncos. He threw three early touchdowns, then three interceptions, before leading the Colts on a late TD drive to preserve the win.

His 47.6 completion percentage was a season low and his three INTs were his most since a career-high six at San Diego in November 2007.

Manning will face a Jacksonville team that ranks 26th in passing defense, allowing an average of 239.5 yards.

The Jaguars' offense struggled badly last week, gaining 217 yards. David Garrard went 11 for 26 and was sacked three times, while Maurice Jones-Drew was held to 59 yards rushing.

With an offense that revolves around the run, the Jaguars typically need Jones-Drew to play well to be successful. They are 6-2 when Jones-Drew rushes for at least 76 yards, although one of those losses came Sept. 13, when he ran for 97 yards and a TD.

Indianapolis has been vulnerable against the run lately, yielding an average of 119.7 yards in the last three games.

"We don't have any cushion," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said. "Now we know we've got to win out. We have hope. We're going to fight the good fight."


Passing Leaders

A. Luck55.318811512
M. Hasselbeck60.9169095
B. Bortles58.644283518

Rushing Leaders

F. Gore2609673.76
A. Luck331965.90
T. Yeldon1827404.12
B. Bortles523106.02

Receiving Leaders

T. Hilton69112416.35
D. Moncrief6473311.56
A. Robinson80140017.514
A. Hurns64103116.110

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

Total YardsIND
Yards PassingIND
Yards RushingIND
Yards AllowedIND
Pass Yds AllowedIND
Rush Yds AllowedIND

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

Indianapolis leads 12-4
Sep 13, 2009IND 14, JAX 12
Dec 18, 2008IND 31, @JAX 24
Sep 21, 2008IND 21, JAX 23
Dec 2, 2007IND 28, JAX 25
Oct 22, 2007IND 29, @JAX 7
Dec 10, 2006IND 17, @JAX 44
Sep 24, 2006IND 21, JAX 14
Dec 11, 2005IND 26, @JAX 18
Sep 18, 2005IND 10, JAX 3
Oct 24, 2004IND 24, JAX 27
Oct 3, 2004IND 24, @JAX 17
Nov 9, 2003IND 23, @JAX 28
Sep 21, 2003IND 23, JAX 13
Dec 29, 2002IND 20, JAX 13
Sep 8, 2002IND 28, @JAX 25