The season is almost over. For the Jacksonville Jaguars it has been a tale of two seasons, which means there have been some awful experiences over the first eight weeks of the season and some moments of encouragement with the defense and an offense that has put together some moments of progress.
This has been the most tumultuous of the team’s history and now the light at the end of the road proves these Jaguars are on a path to better days.
The game against Indianapolis will not be as bad as the 37-3 drubbing the team experienced earlier this season, but with the Colts still playing for seeding in the playoffs, it will not be a cake walk. Indianapolis still relies on the passing game because the running attack has been anything other than below par.
Can Jacksonville finish strong and build on a win for next season? Can Indianapolis win and put themselves in a situation where they can earn a first round bye? It’s doubtful, but seeding is everything in the NFL. And a team with the arm of Andrew Luck can get hot at the right time and make some noise in the postseason.
Here are three bold predictions for this contest.
Richardson finally runs free
When the Colts traded with Cleveland for Trent Richardson, everyone thought Cleveland was tanking and having a fire sale because they wanted the first pick in the Draft. The Browns looked like they knew what they were doing, and will have a top seven pick and the Colts top pick in May's Draft.
Richardson has been awful this season, but finally, the former Alabama star shows his grit and runs for 130 yards and a score against an average Jaguars run defense. Even with the dominance of Sen'Derrick Marks, the Colts run right through the middle of the line.
MJD jumps ship
After the Colts win, 27-17, Maurice Jones-Drew is seen shaking hands with Robert Irsay after the game. The little back who has been everything for the Jaguars walks to the center of Lucas Oil Stadium and pulls his Jaguar jersey off to reveal a Colts t-shirt with a horse shoe on it. Jones-Drew declares he is leaving Jacksonville for Indianapolis next week when he can sign as a free agent.
"This is the only place for me, and a place where I know I can win a Super Bowl ring," he proclaims.
Hilton has huge game
T.Y. Hilton is the next great receiver ready to break out. Now, he shows his skills as a member of the Colts. Look for Hilton to have 12 receptions and 140 yards on the day with two scores. Hilton gets away from the Jaguars' secondary almost all day, promoting Will Blackmon to say, "Are those cleats or jets he is weaing?"