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Battle for AFC South Bragging Rights: Colts vs. Jaguars Preview

Posted By Gyasmine On Dec 16 2010 @ 7:14 am In Indianapolis Colts | No Comments

The Colts are coming off an impressive win last Thursday against the Tennessee Titans in which Peyton Manning took on his old form, dissecting defenses and fitting the ball so precisely in the hands of his offensive weapons.

While many asked Manning where he was the past few games, his performance last week was a perfect response and Colts fans hope to see him again on Sunday.

While it seems that every game is important and crucial in the National Football League, this match-up indeed has heavy play off implications. The Jaguars defeated the Colts in their first battle this season. Yet with an Indianapolis victory Sunday and wins the last two games of the regular season; the Colts will steal the AFC South title from the Jaguars due to the better record against common opponents.

In order to secure a win against Jacksonville, the containment of Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is a must. Jones-Drew has made many fantasy owners happy by earning his sixth 100th yard rushing game this season last week, giving him an average of 128 yards per game.

Alongside Jones-Drew, tight end Mercedes Lewis is playing with pro-bowl aspirations by ranking second behind San Diego Chargers’ Antonio Gates with most touch downs by a tight end with nine this season.

The Colts’ defense must come to play as well. Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis and company must get to the mobile quarterback David Gerrard early before he makes plays with his feet. Antoine Bethea and the secondary must also keep Mercedes Lewis and Mike Simms-Walker under wraps who bring the deep threat.

The best strategy for the Indianapolis Colts is to play one game play-offs for the next three weeks with their first task their AFC South rivals the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday at 1:00 pm (EST).

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