A week ago at this time, the Jaguars didn't have one player in the top five among AFC players at their respective positions in the Pro Bowl voting. Things have quickly changed in the last seven days.
The following Jaguars have moved into the top five with the voting concluding on Dec. 20: Tight end Marcedes Lewis (2nd), kicker Josh Scobee (3rd), fullback Greg Jones (5th) and running back Maurice Jones-Drew (4th). The players and coaches will vote next week with the teams being announced on NFL Network on Tuesday, Dec. 28 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.
The Jaguars and Colts have played eight common opponents in 2010. Here's the list:
W, 24-17 (home)
W, 27-13 (road)
L, 13-38 (road)
L, 14-36 (home)
L, 3-28 (home)
L, 24-26 (road)
L, 3-30 (home)
W, 30-28 (road)
W, 17-6 (road)
L, 20-42 (road)
W, 19-9 (home)
W, 35-17 (road)
L, 28-35 (home)
W, 31-24 (home)
L, 24-34 (road)
W, 30-17 (home)
L, 20-24 (road)
W, 38-14 (home)
What to look for
- Since David Garrard became the starter in 2007, the Jaguars have won nine division games and Garrard has thrown for 12 touchdowns and only one interception for a 106.8 passer rating in those wins. In four division games in 2010, he has completed 62 of 84 passes for 680 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 108.2 rating.
- The Jaguars are averaging 363.5 yards of total offense including 168.3 rushing yards in their four division games in 2010. They are averaging 20.5 points and have scored 30-plus points in two of the four games.
- The Jaguars have four turnovers in their four division games in 2010 and all four came in week six against Tennessee.
- Josh Scobee has seven career game-winning field goals including three against the Colts. Scobee is 7 of 10 from 50-plus yards in 37 career division games including 4 of 6 vs. the Colts.
- Defensive end Jeremy Mincey has five sacks in 2010 and two have come in division games (vs. Indianapolis, at Tennessee).
- Mike Sims-Walker has scored four of his five touchdowns this season in road games.
- Derek Cox has all three of his interceptions on the road this season (2 at Dallas, 1 at Tennessee).
- Mike Thomas has 25 receptions for 336 yards in four division games this season including a career-high 149 yards on eight receptions on Nov. 14 vs. Houston.
- The Jaguars are 3-3 on the road in 2010 with wins at Buffalo, Dallas and Tennessee.
- The Jaguars are averaging 23.5 points in their six road games in 2010 with 15 touchdowns (5 rushing, 10 passing). The Jaguars have scored 30-plus points in two of the six games. The Jaguars are averaging 164.2 rushing yards in the six games.
- Three of the four highest rushing totals for the Jaguars this season have come in road games (258 at Tennessee, 216 at Buffalo, 207 at N.Y. Giants).
- Mike Sims-Walker has five touchdowns through 13 games with four coming on the road.
Jaguars hope for repeat effort from Jones-Drew
Maurice Jones-Drew has scored 28 touchdowns (24 rushing, 3 receiving, 1 return) in 27 career division games. Eleven of his 19 career 100-yard rushing games have come in division play including four in the last five division games.
The Jaguars have posted a 12-15 division record since Jones-Drew joined the franchise in 2006. In the 12 wins, Jones-Drew has scored 13 rushing touchdowns, posted eight 100-yard rushing games and averaged 98.9 yards on the ground.
In nine career games against the Colts, Jones-Drew has averaged 98.1 rushing yards, scored 12 touchdowns (8 rushing, 3 receiving, 1 return), recorded five 100-yard rushing games and registered 200-plus all-purpose yards in three of nine games. He has eclipsed 100 rushing yards in back-to-back games.
Jones-Drew delivers as a starter
Since becoming the full-time starter in 2009, Maurice Jones-Drew has averaged 104.1 rushing yards (2nd in the NFL) in 10 division games with 11 rushing touchdowns and six 100-yard rushing games. His 11 touchdowns lead the NFL while his 104.1 rushing yards per game are the second-most during that span. He ranks second in the NFL behind Houston's Arian Foster (133.0) with 112 rushing yards per game in the Jaguars' four division games this season.
Here's a look at Jones-Drew's rushing totals against the AFC South since becoming the full-time starter in 2009:
JONES-DREW'S RUSHING TOTALS IN DIVISION GAMES FROM 2009-10
9/13/09 vs. IND
9/27/09 at HOU
10/4/09 vs. TEN
11/1/09 at TEN
12/6/09 vs. HOU
12/17/09 vs. IND
10/3/10 vs. IND
10/18/10 vs. TEN
11/14/10 vs. HOU
12/5/10 at TEN
Sunday will be the 20th meeting between these two teams with the Colts holding a 14-5 advantage in the series. The Colts swept the season series in 2009 and the Jaguars won the first game this season, 31-28, on Oct. 3 thanks to a franchise-record 59-yard field goal by Josh Scobee with no time remaining.
Jaguars hope to improve turnover differential
The Jaguars currently have a minus-10 turnover differential which is tied for 30th in the NFL. The Jaguars have 30 turnovers with 22 of them coming in five games. There have been eight teams in the last five seasons (2005-09) that have advanced to the postseason with a negative turnover differential including Arizona (-7) in 2009.
Battle 'til the end
Five of the last six games between the Jaguars and Colts have been decided by three points or less and 13 of the 19 games have been decided by seven points or less.
Late season clash
This is the sixth consecutive season the Jaguars and Colts are meeting in December. It marks the third straight season the teams will meet in the final three weeks of the regular season.
The game will be broadcast regionally on CBS, locally on WTEV CBS47 (Ch. 6 cable). Greg Gumbel will handle play-by-play duties with Dan Dierdorf providing analysis.
Sunday's game will be broadcast on the Jaguars Radio Network which extends to 10 affiliates in Florida and Georgia. The Jaguars' flagship stations are WOKV AM & FM (690, 106.5). Brian Sexton (play-by-play) and former Jaguars defensive end Jeff Lageman (analyst) are in their eighth season together calling all Jaguars games. The game will also air nationally on Sports USA Radio with Larry Kahn and John Robinson in the booth and Troy West on the sidelines. Robinson was Jack Del Rio's head coach at USC in 1981-82, and West was a teammate there the same years.