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JACKSONVILLE – Six games remain.

And if it's not entirely accurate to call these upcoming weeks – the weeks after the 2014 bye and before the end of the regular season – a six-game season, they still matter very much to the Jaguars.

Yes, they're 1-9. And no, the playoffs aren't realistic.

But do the final six games – a stretch that includes four games against contending teams, including a road game at the AFC South leaders Sunday – matter? Are there goals to be achieved, and is there something to be gained?

Yes, yes and yes.

That's true of the entire team as the Jaguars exit the bye, and rookie quarterback Blake Bortles said it's definitely true of a young offense searching for consistency.

"I think we've seen some glimpses of it," Bortles said as the Jaguars (1-9) prepared to play the AFC South-leading Indianapolis Colts (6-4) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Sunday at 1 p.m.

"You've seen glimpses of the running game and the passing game trying to put the whole thing together. I think to continue to learn from things that haven't gone right and continue to try and improve the things that have … I think that's the biggest part of it, to try and limit mistakes and definitely learn from them."

The Jaguars enter Sunday focused on turnovers. Their minus-11 takeaway-giveaway ratio is tied for 29th in the NFL, and turnovers offensively inside opponent territory have hurt. The Jaguars have turned the ball over nine times in that situation, with each turnover a missed chance for points.

Defensively, the challenge is to stop big, explosive plays. The Jaguars have allowed more than 30 this season, and with the Colts and quarterback Andrew Luck ranked No. 1 in the NFL in passing offense, big plays will be key Sunday.

The Jaguars enter the final six games of the season relatively healthy. They are without rookie wide receiver Allen Robinson, out for the season with a stress fracture in his right foot, but tight end Marcedes Lewis is expected to start after missing eight games with a high-ankle sprain. Right guard Brandon Linder (shoulder strain) will return after missing a November 9 loss to Dallas.

Wide receiver Allen Hurns sustained a concussion against Dallas, but was cleared shortly after the team's bye weekend this past weekend and is expected to start opposite Cecil Shorts III. Rookie wide receiver Marqise Lee is expected to play the No. 3 receiver role.

Defensively, cornerback Dwayne Gratz will start at corner opposite Demetrius McCray, with Sherrod Martin and rookie Aaron Colvin expected to play the nickel. It will be Colvin's first action of the season after spending the first 10 games of the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list with a torn anterior cruciate ligament sustained in January.

Here's a look at this week's Jaguars-Colts coverage on …



]( the Table: See which players and matchups to watch and so much more.[


]( Into Focus: Senior writer John Oehser's five things to look for during this week's matchup.[


]( Things: The 10 things the Jaguars must do to beat the Colts, according to Oehser.[


]( Locker Room: The latest update following the team's final practice of the week.



]( All Access: Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis joins Jaguars analyst Jeff Lageman and WJXT 4 Sports Director Sam Kouvaris.[


]( Headlines: The top Jaguars headlines for the week.[


]( LIVE: This week's show had Aaron Colvin as a guest and coverage from Blake Bortles' Wednesday press conference.[


]( Video Mailbag: Oehser answers fan questions.[


]( Fisch Press Conference: OC Jedd Fisch talks about the results of a bye week analysis, the return of Marcedes Lewis and rookie quarterback Blake Bortles.[


]( Few Good Minutes: Jaguars senior correspondent Brian Sexton sits down with defensive tackle Red Bryant to talk about how hard it is to win in the NFL and his life off the field.[


]( Babich Press Conference: DC Bob Babich expresses a desire for more takeaways from his defense and discusses Aaron Colvin's debut and Andrew Luck's talent.[


]( Room Friday: Lageman shows how the Jaguars should follow the New England Patriots' blueprint to beat the Indianapolis Colts.[


](' it with Scobee: Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee re-visits frozen fields and frigid games from his teammates pas as the Jags get ready to head north into the cold.[


]( Bradley Press Conference: Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley talks about the development of Blake Bortles as he speaks to the media after practice on Friday.[


]( Your Opponent: The Jaguars answer trivia questions about the Indianapolis Colts.[


]( the Jaguars: The final Inside the Jaguars before the team's game on Sunday.[


]( of the Round Table: Oehser, Sexton and Shadrick discuss several Jaguars topics heading into Week 12.[


]( Keys: Sexton goes to the Hyperscreen to break down the five keys to the game.[


]( A recap of this week's video content on



]( 19 Practice: Take a look at images from Jaguars practice on Wednesday.[


]( 20 Practice: Photos from the Jaguars' practice on Thursday.[


]( vs Jaguars Throwback Gallery: Images from previous matchups between the two clubs.[


]( Your Opponent Photos: Get a more in-depth look at the Jaguars' Week 12 opponent, the Indianapolis Colts.

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