The Washington Times-Herald

Indianapolis Colts

September 21, 2012

Pregame capsule for Sunday



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.

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