The Indianapolis Colts are riding the crest of the three game winning streak. The Jacksonville Jaguars are head in the opposite direction, losers of their last five. The Jaguars last, and to this point, only victim? The Indianapolis Colts.
The Jags stole a victory in the waning seconds of their matchup in week three and the Colts have been waiting for revenge ever since. The Colts are prohibitive favorites to get their pound of flesh tomorrow night. The only problem is the Colts are having to travel during a short week and are quite banged up from their game against Miami last Sunday.
Coby Fleener and Vontae Davis will both miss their second consecutive game with injuries. The other starting cornerback, Jerraud Powers, will also be missing Thursday. That means Cassius Vaughn, who has been starting and has acquitted himself well in Davis' absence, and Darius Butler will get the starts tomorrow. That puts an even bigger burden on Josh Gordy and the rest of the Colts' reserve defensive backs to do something they didn't do well in week three: stop Blaine Gabbert.
The Colts will have one major factor working in their favor as they look to defend the against the Jags. RB Maurice Jones-Drew, who ran all over the Colts for 177 yards and a 59 yard touchdown in the first meeting, is still out nursing a foot injury. In his place is Rashad Jennings. Fullback Greg Jones, CB Rashean Mathis and S Dwight Lowery are also likely out for the Jags.
Several other Colts players are questionable and didn't practice on Tuesday including RB Donald Brown, LB Robert Mathis, T Winston Justice and C Samson Satele. The Colts have won without Brown and Mathis, but being without both Justice and Satele would put a strain on an already short-handed offensive line.
This is another test for this young Colts team, first dealing with success and second working on a short week on the road. This is definitely one the Colts have to bring home though if their hopes for a playoff run are genuine.
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