The Indianapolis Colts (4-5) will be hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6) at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday for a Week 10 matchup.
In the first meeting between these two teams this season, the Colts are heavy favorites entering the weekend. Likewise, the experts around the league are mostly siding with the Colts to take care of business at home.
Here’s how the Colts Wire staff sees this game shaking out:
Kevin Hickey (@KevinHickey11): Colts 28, Jaguars 20
The Colts had their best game offensively in Week 9 when they scored the most points in a game (45) since 2014. Frank Reich has this offense humming with Carson Wentz keeping the turnover rate low and leaning on budding star Jonathan Taylor.
The Colts should handle business at home but there are concerns about the defense. Even with Trevor Lawrence’s struggles, it wouldn’t shock me if this was his breakout game. The Colts have struggled against quarterbacks this season and now have injuries to deal with. Both starting safeties are on the injured reserve list while defensive tackle DeForest Buckner is dealing with a back injury.
With all that said, the Colts should take care of business at home against an inferior team even if it may be closer than the spread suggests.
Cody Manning (@CodyTalksNFL): Colts 31, Jaguars 21
The Indianapolis Colts have been handling their business against teams they should beat and that shouldn’t change on Sunday. The Jacksonville Jaguars are coming off a high after upsetting the Buffalo Bills and will be looking for their first back-to-back wins this season so they can’t be looked over by the Colts.
I expect the offense to continue their success from last week because the unit is as healthy as it has been this year. Carson Wentz takes advantage of great protection, throws for over 300 yards, and at least a couple touchdowns. Which includes, a bomb touchdown to T.Y. Hilton. The final score will come down to the defense. Trevor Lawrence comes out looking good to start the game but the defensive line starts to bring the pressure often in the second half.
A timely sack or turnover is forced in the fourth quarter to give the offense a chance to open up the game and secure the victory. Indianapolis gets the job done in the end and beat the Jaguars 31-21.
John Alfieri (@alfierijohn): Colts 31, Jaguars 17
After a dominating win against the Jets last Thursday night, the Colts host the Jacksonville Jaguars who are flying high after a gritty win against the Bills. Nine points were all they needed to beat one of the best teams in the AFC, but their defense was the storyline of that week. The Jags showed they have a dynamic pass rush led by Josh Allen. He is somebody the Colts have to game plan for or he will be in Carson Wentz’s face all afternoon. Guys like Eric Fisher and Braden Smith (if he plays) to step up.
If the Colts offensive line can do their jobs, this should be another dominating win for Frank Reich and Co. the Jaguars are thin in their secondary and can be exposed down the field. Michael Pittman Jr. combined with the potential return for TY Hilton should make this a good game for Carson Wentz.
With Trevor Lawrence banged up last week and James Robinson questionable, the Colts should be able to control the game on defense. Kwity Paye will have a big game against this subpar O-line.
Nick Melillo (@CircleCity21): TBD
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