The Washington Times-Herald

September 21, 2012

Pregame capsule for Sunday

Tom Jones
Tribune-Star correspondent

INDIANAPOLIS — The game -- Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2, 0-1 AFC South) at Indianapolis Colts (1-1, 0-0 AFC South), 1 p.m. (EST), Lucas Oil Stadium (FieldTurf), Indianapolis, Ind.

Coverage -- CBS Sports (Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker); Colts Radio Network (Bob Lamey, Will Wolford, Kevin Lee); Sirius NFL Radio (Channel 113, Colts; Channel 104, Jaguars); XM NFL Radio (Channel 232, Colts).

The coaches -- Colts: Chuck Pagano (1-1, 1st year). Jaguars: Mike Mularkey (0-2, 1st year with Jacksonville; 14-20 overall, 3rd year).

The series -- 23rd regular-season meeting. Colts lead series, 15-7. Indianapolis has won five of the last seven games in the series played at home in the series. But the Jaguars have won three of the four games overall in the series, including a 17-3 decision at Lucas Oil Stadium last season. The Colts have an overall home field record of 8-3 against Jacksonville. Indianapolis is 2-2 against the Jaguars in games played at Lucas Oil Stadium and 6-1 in games played at the Hoosier/RCA Dome. The Colts have swept the series four times, although Jacksonville swept last year's two-game series. The home-and-home series has been split five times. Nineteen of the previous 22 meetings have been decided by 10 points or less, 14 by seven points or less, and five by three points or less.

 

Noting it -- The Colts didn’t give up a single play of over 20 yards in the win over the Vikings last week. That came after giving up eight such plays in an opening week loss at Chicago...After two games,Indianapolis has 83 fewer yards in penalties than their opponents. “It’s a major point of emphasis,” Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano said of penalty avoidance and eliminating the big play. “One year we did a stat in Baltimore out of 206 drives where we didn’t give up a big play and we didn’t have a penalty, and we gave up I think two touchdowns and five field goals out of 206 drives. So it’s a major point of emphasis."...Jacksonville PK Josh Scobee has had three game-winning kicks of 50 yards or more against the Colts (27-24, 10/24/04; 23-21, 9/21/08; 31-28, 1/3/10)...Colts WR Reggie Wayne has 117 career receptions against Jacksonville, which ties for his most catches against any NFL franchise (Houston). He has 17 receptions for 1,672 yards and six touchdowns in 20 total games with the Jaguars...Wayne now has 11,914 career receiving yards, passing Hall of Famer Michael Irvin (11,904) for No. 20 on the all-time receiving yards list...Wayne is tied for an AFC-best 15 catches this season. He has 15 receptions for 206 yards and one touchdown through the first two games of the year...Wayne had 10 receptions for 141 yards and two TDs against Jacksonville on 9/21/03. He also had 15 catches for 196 yards against the Jaguars on 10/3/10...Wayne needs two touchdowns to tie Edgerrin James (75) for third on the Colts' all-time touchdown list. Additionally, he needs 152 yards from scrimmage to pass James (12,065) for second on the franchise's all-time list; and 10 points to pass James (458) for seventh on the Colts' all-time scoring list...Wayne needs one 100-yard receiving game to reach 40 for his career. He also needs seven receptions to pass Keenan McCardell (883) for 14th all-time in the league; 86 receiving yards to become the 20th player in league history with 12,000 yards; one touchdown reception to tie James Lofton (75) for 27th on the all-time list..WR Donnie Avery tied a career-best with nine catches against the Vikings last week. Avery also registered his second career 100-yard receiving (111 vs. Minnesota)...TE Coby Fleener leads all NFL rookies in catches (8) and receiving yards (98)..OLBs Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis have combined for 18.5 career sacks against Jacksonville..Mathis is aiming for his fourth consecutive game with a sack against the Jaguars...PK Adam Vinatieri has registered 22 field goals in the final minute or overtime, which ties him for the most since 1970 with Matt Bahr and Jason Elam. Vinatieri needs to convert his next PAT to pass Lou Michaels (103) for the third most consecutive PATs made in franchise history.

Did you know? -- Former Indianapolis running back Edgerrin James will be inducted into the team's "Ring of Honor" prior to Sunday's game with Jacksonville.

 

Stat of the week -- The Colts can win their second consecutive game this year and their fourth straight since last season with a win over the Jaguars.

The game plan -- The Colts' game plan heading into Sunday's home game with Jacksonville doesn't change much from the one Indianapolis utilized in last week's win over Minnesota.

Offensively, the Colts have to try and get the running game untracked. It's been a hit and miss proposition so far this season due to an array of injuries along the offensive line. Indianapolis has to become more consistent in running the football. Also, keeping the team's rookie quarterback upright and allowing him to make plays downfield is critical.

 
Defensively, stop the run. Indianapolis is going to severely tested this week in terms of containing an elite running back. The Colts have done a passable job so far this season. That has to continue, and improve, on Sunday. Pressuring Jacksonville's sometime erratic young quarterback is also crucial, forcing him to make decisions and to put the ball up for grabs.

Key matchups -- Colts QB Andrew Luck vs. Jaguars pass defense. Luck continues to improve as a rookie quarterback in the National Football League. He had a 107.5 passer rating in the Colts' win over Minnesota last week, throwing for a pair of touchdowns. Jacksonville's pass defense has been inconsistent, allowing an average of 230.5 yards per game through the air.

 

Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew vs. Colts' run defense. As stated before, Jones-Drew has had outstanding games against the Colts over the years. He's a tough, hard-nosed runner who seems to have an extra-sense when it comes to finding yardage between the tackles but yet has the speed to get outside. Statistically-speaking, Indianapolis' run defense is improved. The Colts have faced Chicago's Matt Forte and Michael Bush along with Minnesota's Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart the last two weeks, allowing an average of 104.5 yards per game. But the real test comes Sunday.
 
Colts WRs Reggie Wayne and Donnie Avery vs. Jaguars secondary. Both Wayne and Avery had highly productive games in the win over Minnesota last week. Wayne has historically had big games against Jacksonville. The Jaguars are allowing an average of 400 yards in total offense and 230.5 yards through the air.