NFL Week 3 continues on Sunday and we will see the Jacksonville Jaguars travel to Indianapolis to take on the Indianapolis Colts. The game is scheduled for a 1:00 PM (Eastern) start time and it will be televised live on CBS. Currently the odds for the game have Indianapolis favored by 3 points, while the total sits at 43. Currently 77% of the Public is on Indianapolis, while 63% is on the Over. Find out what side the Public is taking on all the games by clicking HERE.
Free Analysis: Whether it's a win or a loss, Blaine Gabbert knows every NFL game must be put in the rearview mirror in preparation for the next week. The Jacksonville Jaguars would especially like to see their young quarterback forget his last start when they visit the Indianapolis Colts Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Gabbert completed only 7-of-19 passes for 53 yards with a touchdown in Jacksonville's 27-7 loss to the AFC South-rival Houston Texans this past Sunday, and was later replaced by backup quarterback Chad Henne because of a left leg injury. The second-year pro played one just series in the fourth quarter and was wearing an ice pack afterward. Gabbert, who's still expected to start Sunday's contest, shouldered the blame for Jacksonville's second straight loss to begin this 2012 season. Jacksonville didn't give its offense much of a chance, possessing the football for only 16 minutes and 43 seconds, and was 0-for-9 on third-down attempts. The Jaguars compiled only 117 yards of offense to Houston's 411 yards, and are now off to their third 0-2 start since 2008. Facing the Colts could help Maurice Jones-Drew get on track, as he averages 101 rushing yards per game against Indianapolis. The Jaguars played miserable defense against Houston and were probably taxed most of the second half, as evidenced by the Texans' 242-42 advantage in total yards over the final two quarters. Linebacker Daryl Smith has yet to play a game this season because of a groin injury that will keep him out of the starting lineup once again Sunday. The Jargs are 23 in defense overall (400 ypg) and 21st in points allowed (26.5 ppg).
The Indianapolis Colts got their first win of the season last week as they fended off a comeback by the Minnesota Vikings. Andrew Luck drove the Colts into field goal range for the win and for the season he has completed 56.6 percent of his passes for three touchdowns and three interceptions while being sacked five times. Wide receiver Donnie Avery (12 receptions, 148 yards, 1 TD) stepped up in a big way against the Vikings, hauling in a team-high nine passes for 111 yards. It was his best performance since catching six passes for 163 yards and a score back on Oct. 26, 2008 as a member of St. Louis. Fellow wideout Reggie Wayne (15 receptions, 206 yards, 1 TD) has shown no signs of slowing down in the latter stages of his career and made his 147th consecutive start Sunday. He also played in his 168th straight game and is approaching 12,000 receiving yards (11,914). The Colts were able to hold Vikings All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson to 60 yards on 16 carries last week, but had trouble covering the pass. That shouldn't as much be a problem this week, given how badly Gabbert played before going down with a leg injury. Minnesota's Percy Harvin burned Indianapolis for 104 yards on 12 catches and quarterback Christian Ponder did not throw an interception in last Sunday's contest. The Colts have just 1 INT on the year. Indy is 21st in overall defense (377.5 ypg) and 26th in points allowed (30.5 ppg).
Free Pick: Im gonna have to go with the Under in this one. Both offenses have really struggled in the early going, especially the passing games. That should mean that these teams will look to establish the run and play field position. Blaine Gabbart looked decent in preseason, but in real football he just doesn’t have enough weapons to get the job done. I expect a heavy dose of Jones-Drew and that should run the clock allot. Andrew Luck has talent, but he also doesn’t have enough talent around him to do damages in this one. Both teams should have problems moving the ball as this game puts up at most 38 points.
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