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Ten plays that define this season


They make a truck called a four by four, right? OK, how about a column that's a 10 by 10?

Folks, forgive me, but it's getting a little late in the season and I'm starting to run out of column ideas for a team not headed to the playoffs, so I've decided to give you my opinion of the 10 plays that define this season for the Jaguars, and then I'll give you my 10 things the Jaguars have to do to beat the Colts.

Here are the 10 plays:

  1. Ben Roethlisberger's 18-yard pass to Hines Ward on third and eight, as Jaguars rushers hung from Roethlisberger's right arm and body.
  1. Kerry Collins' 44-yard screen pass against an all-out blitz on third and 15 in the season-opener.
  1. Matt Jones nearly catching a Hail Mary pass in the end zone on the next-to-last play of the Jaguars' loss to Cleveland.
  1. Brad Meester hitting himself where the sun don't shine with his snap from center on the first play of the game against Minnesota, resulting in a fumble the Vikings returned for a touchdown.
  1. Dennis Northcutt's 41-yard reception that began the Jaguars' game-winning touchdown drive against the Packers. It is the Jaguars' only catch of 40 yards or longer this season.
  1. Trent Edwards' 37-yard completion to Lee Evans on third and six with 4:27 to play in the Bills' game-winning touchdown drive.
  1. Josh Scobee's game-winning 51-yard field goal on the next-to-last play of the game in Indianapolis.
  1. Titans wide receiver Justin Gage fending off safety Reggie Nelson in the final 15 yards of Gage's 56-yard, game-winning touchdown catch.
  1. David Garrard's failed two-point pass attempt to Jerry Porter against Cincinnati.
  1. Bears defensive back Danieal Manning's interception and return of a Garrard pass in the Jaguars' opening possession of their loss in Chicago.

Now, here are 10 things the Jaguars have to do to beat the Colts on Thursday night:

  1. Rush the passer—That's why the Jaguars spent their first two draft picks on defensive ends; to pressure Peyton Manning.
  1. Run the ball—It's always been the other half of the formula for beating the Colts: Rush the passer and run the ball.
  1. Find Northcutt—Hey, it worked last Sunday.
  1. Saddle up Jones-Drew—He's the Jaguars' horse.
  1. Be physical—The Colts are treating this game as their first playoff game. They'll be ready to go.
  1. Play a good game—Jaguars players have certainly been talking a good one about needing confidence to take into the offseason, etc.
  1. Think sweep—These are the Colts. They were the target. Finish them.
  1. Deny big plays—The Colts are making fewer big plays than they have in the past and that's part of the reason they're 17th in points per game and 18th in total offense.
  1. Did I say run the ball?—Oh, I did. Well, then run it again.
  1. Pretend it is—This one was supposed to be for the AFC South title.
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