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Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Preview and Predictions 12-29-2019


The Indianapolis Colts took a step back after a 10-win campaign and a playoff berth a season ago in their first year under head coach Frank Reich. They will be playing for pride and a chance to finish with a .500 record when they end the season at the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

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Indianapolis was able to recover from an embarrassing Monday Night Football loss at New Orleans two weeks ago by routing Carolina 38-6 last Sunday to snap a four-game slide. "We have one more opportunity with this group of guys," Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett told reporters. "I think everybody has bought into that. ... We did that last week and we have another good opportunity to do that." The Jaguars have dropped six of seven following a 4-4 start and will finish with a losing record for the eighth time in nine seasons. "A very disappointing year," coach Doug Marrone told reporters. "It's difficult when a team is not doing well. You want your team to be doing well so your fans can have some pride and joy. ... I'm truly sorry that I've let so many people down and that I couldn't have done a better job."

TV: 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Colts -3.5 O/U: 43

ABOUT THE COLTS (7-8): Brissett's struggles in recent weeks have cast some doubt on his future as the team's starting quarterback, as the 27-year-old has completed just 52.5 percent of his passes with 8.9 yards per completion over his last two games. Running backs Marlon Mack and Jordan Wilkins combined for 179 rushing yards and a pair of scores in the win over the Panthers. Nyheim Hynes was the star with a pair of punt returns for touchdowns.

ABOUT THE JAGUARS (5-10): Gardner Minshew's fast start created some buzz in Jacksonville, but the play has been a bit more uneven since the rookie quarterback regained the starting role from Nick Foles at the beginning of the month. Minshew completed just 13-of-31 passes in last week's 24-12 loss at Atlanta, but he does have five TD passes and one interception in four December starts. "He was able to come in and sustain a level for us," Marrone told reporters of Minshew's ability to take over for Foles twice this year and avoid much, if any, drop in production.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Mack, who ran for 108 yards and a touchdown in the last meeting with the Jaguars, has his first 1,000-yard season.

2. Jacksonville has given up an average of 469 total yards over the last three weeks.

3. The Jaguars have won four straight meetings at home.

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Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
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Last Injuries

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Al Woods

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Woods is on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list after deciding to sit out the 2020 season due to personal reason.

  • Lerentee McCray

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    McCray has been posted on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list after telling the team that he will sit out the entire 2020 season for personal reasons.

  • Ryquell Armstead

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Armstead is on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list and will be out of action for undetermined length of time.

  • Michael Walker

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Walker will be on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it has yet to be stated how long it will take for him to get better.

  • Charles Jones II

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Jones II has landed on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and there is no timetable for recovery.

  • Parry Nickerson

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Nickerson has been added to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 and will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • D.J. Hayden

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Hayden has been moved to the active PUP list with a knee injury, and there is no timetable for return.

  • Yannick Ngakoue

    Holdout
    Out indefinitely | out

    Ngakoue is unsatisfied with the status of his contract, and it is unclear when he will report to the team.

Indianapolis Colts

  • Skai Moore

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Moore has wound up on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list after informing the team that he will sit out the entire 2020 season due to a personal decision.

  • Marvell Tell III

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Tell III has decided to sit out for the duration of the 2020 season due to a personal reason. The team has put him on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list as a result.

  • Rolan Milligan

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Milligan has let the team that he has ruled himself out of the entire 2020 season due to a personal decision, and his name has emerged on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list.

  • Mo Alie-Cox

    Thumb
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Alie-Cox has been designated for the active PUP list as he is working his way back from thumb surgery, and the severity of the ailment has yet to be announced.

  • T.Y. Hilton

    Hamstring
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Hilton has hit on the Non-Football injury list while healing from a mild hamstring injury. It is unclear when he will return to the field.

  • Julian Blackmon

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Blackmon is on the active Injured Reserve/Non-Football Injury list while healing from a torn ACL that ended his 2019 season. It is unknown when he will be ready to be activated.

  • Kemoko Turay

    Ankle
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Turay has been added to the active PUP list as he is working his way back from ankle surgery. It is unknown when he will be activated.

  • Jegs Jegede

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Jegede is on the mend from a significant knee injury that kept him out of the 2019 season. The team has put him on the active PUP list for an extended period.