With starting quarterback Andrew Luck still at least one more week away from returning, the Indianapolis Colts will once against turn tin order to get the ‘W’ when they square off against the Jacksonville Jaguars in their Week 14 AFC South divisional clash. Now, let’s find out if the ageless veteran can help the Colts bring home the bacon!
Indianapolis @ Jacksonville NFL Lines Game Information and Odds
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, December 13, 2015
Where: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida
NFL Odds: Colts -1. O/U: 45
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Indianapolis (6-6 SU, 6-6 ATS)
The Colts got completely man-handled in their overwhelming 45-10 loss to Pittsburgh last week and never came close to covering the spread as a 10-point road dog while suffering their first loss under Hasselbeck’s leadership after winning their first four games under the veteran. “We couldn’t get anything going offensively,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “We got beat thoroughly in all three phases.”
Despite suffering back and neck injuries last week and giving way to third-stringer Charlie Whitehurst, Hasselbeck is schedule to start this week while Luck continues rehabbing in anticipation of a return as early as next week. The Steelers’ defense limited Indianapolis to 240 yards of total offense while forcing three turnovers and five sacks. “We knew it was coming and we didn’t handle it well,” Hasselbeck said. “Then we were prepared to handle it, and they would just rush three.”
Indianapolis had three rives that started in Pittsburgh territory but managed to score just three points on the trio of possessions. “You have to take advantage of it,” Pagano said. “You have to put points on the board, and we couldn’t get it done.” Hasselbeck struggled in his fifth start for Indianapolis. “They did a really nice job of keeping me off balance,” Hasselbeck said. “I’m disappointed in how I played. Extremely disappointed.”
Jacksonville (4-8 SU, 6-5-1 ATS)
The Jaguars have lost two straight games including their heartbreaking 42-39 defeat against division rival Tennessee last weekend as 3-point road dogs. “It is disheartening,” Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said. “When you look at the defense and we didn’t play up to our capabilities. The missed tackles and the third downs and not getting pressure — I think the rush and cover work together and this game it did not work together.”
Young quarterback Blake Bortles tossed a franchise-record five touchdown passes in the loss and has thrown at least one TD pass in every game this season. Unfortunately, the Jags’ defense has more holes in it than Swiss cheese as it ranks 30th in points allowed (28.4 ppg).
Bortles completed 24 of 36 passes for 322 yards and five touchdowns. Wide receiver Allen Robinson caught 10 passes for 153 yards and three touchdowns. “(Allen) is by far the best (receiver) I’ve ever played with,” Bortles said. “I think he’s definitely special and I think we have some other guys around him that are unbelievable, too.”
Colts @ Jaguars NFL Lines Game Analysis:
The Colts suffered their first loss under veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck last weekend, but that was to be expected. Now, I expect the ‘desperate’ Colts to rebound against a struggling Jacksonville team in order to keep their postseason hopes alive. The Jaguars have ‘come down to earth’ after beating the Ravens and Titans just four days apart in mid-November. Jacksonville has dropped two straight and likely won’t be able to stop Hasselbeck and company, although they’ve been playing pretty competent offense themselves.
The Colts are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games against a team with a losing home record and a solid 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. While the Jaguars are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games against their AFC counterparts, the Jags are also just 9-20-1 ATS in their last 30 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight home dates against Indy.
With the Colts going 5-1 ATS in their last six meetings and the road team in this AFC South rivalry going 5-2 ATS in their last seven meetings, I say it’s a virtual lock that Indianapolis wins outright! There are no odds listed for this affair, but I’m going with Indy, out of sheer desperation!
My Pick: Indianapolis 30 Jacksonville 21