Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Prediction: Will the Colts Clinch the Playoffs?

Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars prediction and pick for the Week 18 matchup between these two AFC South teams. Handicapper Jason Radowitz breaks down his pick for this one.
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Tue, January 4, 12:48 PM EST | 10 min read
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Indianapolis Colts vs Jacksonville Jaguars Predictions: Will the Colts Clinch the Playoffs?

The Indianapolis Colts just need to win on Sunday against a two-win Jacksonville Jaguars team to make the postseason. It sounds so simple, however, the Jaguars have owned the Indianapolis Colts in recent memory, when being the home team. Will the Jaguars ruin Indianapolis' postseason plans on Sunday? Here are our picks and predictions for the big AFC matchup between the Colts and Jaguars.

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Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: Sunday, January 9, 2021

Game Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

Where To Watch: CBS

Click here for Colts vs. Jaguars odds

INJURY REPORT

Indianapolis

Questionable: WR Parris Campbell (Foot), CB Xavier Rhodes (Hamstring), DB Andrew Sendejo (Concussion),

Jacksonville

Questionable: DE K'Lavon Chaisson (Illness), OL Brandon Linder (Illness), Out: RB James Robinson (Achilles)

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Indianapolis Colts vs Jacksonville Jaguars Prediction

For the Colts, Sunday's game is a must-win. The playoffs came early. Indianapolis won't want to leave their playoff hopes in the hands of other teams. All the Colts need to do is defeat a 2-14 Jaguars team. The Jaguars are led by rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence. On the season, he has 10 touchdowns thrown and 17 interceptions. Meanwhile, the top running back in James Robinson is now out for the year with a season-ending injury. The offense has only averaged 14.2 points per game while the defense has given up 27.9 points per game. The averages became worse after last week's debacle, losing 50-10 to the New England Patriots. It would be a cool story if the Jaguars found a way to upset the Colts, but it's just unreasonable at this point. The Jaguars couldn't even find a way to beat the New York Jets earlier this year. This season for the Jaguars has been a disaster and it'll finish that way. The Jaguars don't have a legitimate head coach right now and really didn't develop Lawrence into anywhere close to a star yet. I would even say Justin Fields, Zach Wilson, and Mac Jones have all played better than Lawrence. Of course, it's all about the right system and fit, but Lawrence really hasn't proven much of anything. The Colts can score points at a high rate, averaging 27.5 points per game, and the defense, after struggling to start the season, has stepped up in a big way, especially in the secondary. Lawrence has one interception per game this season. You can count on Indianapolis grabbing at least one more.

Indianapolis Colts vs Jacksonville Jaguars Pick

  • PICK: Colts -14.5 (-110)

Jason Radowitz
@Jason_Radowitz

Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.

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