NFL Betting Preview: Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars – Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021

The Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars both come into play in Week 17 with something to play for. The difference in what they are playing for is very vast, however. With a loss, the Jaguars will secure the #1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. With a win and a Tennessee Titans loss, the Colts will win the AFC South.

So there won’t be any resting of players to get ready for the playoffs for Indianapolis. In fact, if Baltimore, Tennessee, and Cleveland all win, the Colts will miss the playoffs entirely. MyBookie currently does not have a moneyline on this game, but the Colts are 14-point favorites.

Jacksonville Jaguars Betting Preview: Trevor Lawrence?

The Jacksonville Jaguars come into play with a record of 1-14, a game ahead of the New York Jets in the race for the #1 pick in the NFL draft. The Jags have lost 14 consecutive games since winning the opener against Indianapolis. Since losing to Minnesota by three points on December 6th, the Jaguars have been blown out by their opponents since. Their latest setback came at the hands of the Chicago Bears this past Sunday.

The 41-17 loss was close at halftime, but a 21-point third quarter by Chicago poured the dirt on the Jags’ chances at the upset. Quarterback Mike Glennon completed 24 of 37 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns. He threw two interceptions and was sacked once. Running back Dare Ogunbowale filled in for the injured James Robinson and had 14 carries for 71 yards. DJ Chark Jr. had four catches for 62 yards and a touchdown.

On the season, Gardner Minshew II is Jacksonville’s leading passer, completing 66% of his passes for 2,259 yards and 16 touchdowns. He has thrown five interceptions and been sacked 27 times. Robinson eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark a week ago and may not play again this week due to an ankle injury. Chark is the leading receiver with 53 receptions for 706 yards and five touchdowns.

Indianapolis Colts Betting Preview: Playoffs on the Line

The Indianapolis Colts come into play with a record of 10-5, and are tied with Tennessee, Baltimore, and Cleveland for the final three playoff spots. The Colts lose out on tiebreakers with Baltimore and Cleveland, so their only path to the playoffs would be if they beat Jacksonville Sunday and Tennessee loses to the Houston Texans. The Colts have no one to blame but themselves for this predicament. They can look back to Week one to figure out why.

The Colts gave Jacksonville their lone win on the season. They would sure like to have that one back now. Their last game was Sunday against Pittsburgh where they led 24-7 in the third quarter before allowing 21 unanswered points in falling 28-24. Quarterback Phillip Rivers completed 22 of 35 passes for 270 yards and a touchdown.

He was intercepted once and sacked five times. Running back Jonathan Taylor continued his hot finish to the season, rushing 18 times for 74 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Zach Pascal caught the lone touchdown pass in the game and finished with 64 yards receiving.

On the season, Rivers has eclipsed the 4,000-yard mark. He has completed 68% of his passes for 4,005 yards and 23 touchdowns. He has thrown 10 interceptions and been sacked 19 times. Taylor has had a fine rookie season. He has carried the ball 202 times for 916 yards and nine touchdowns. Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, thanks to a strong finish, has regained the spot as Indianapolis’ top receiver. He has caught 53 passes for 735 yards and four touchdowns.

Betting Lines and Predictions

MyBookie currently does not have a moneyline on this game, but the Colts are listed as 14-point favorites and the over/under is 49. Needing help is never a good thing when you are trying to get into the playoffs, but the Colts have a rather easy path to handle their own business this week.

The Jaguars mailed it in weeks ago and appear to only care about locking up the #1 pick. Take the Colts in this one, even with a 14-point spread.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Indianapolis -14

Latest posts