JACKSONVILLE — In a place that has long since abandoned the Jaguars, Jacksonville’s 1-7 football teams gets the Thursday Night spotlight this week. Zzzzzzzz.
That’s not me. That’s the folks who live in Jacksonville, who will watch the Thursday Nighter without their only real star, the injured Maurice Jones-Drew.
For me, anytime you get a chance to watch young quarterback Andrew Luck play a football game, it can be an intriguing game. The man with the inside track to NFL rookie of the year is coming off a thrilling win over an improved Miami Dolphins team. He’s also completed 190-of-336 passes for 2,404 yards and 10 touchdowns, good enough for fourth overall in passing yards in the NFL behind Drew Brees, Eli Manning and Tom Brady and ahead of Peyton Manning. That’s nothing to sneeze at.
It makes this one an easy one to handicap.
Last week the Doc went 12-2 straight up (83-49) and was 11-3 against the spread (61-71). The Coach went 9-5 (83-49) straight up and 8-6 against the spread (62-70). So much for thinking, “upset.”
As always, The Doc writes our raison d’etre while The Coach sits back and mocks everyone.
Indianapolis Colts (5-3) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7)
Line: Colts by 3.
Who said MNF gets all the stinkers? This “must miss” game features the always horrible Jags, which has an 0-4 home record and has been outscored 126-34 in those games. Jacksonville’s only win of the season so far came against the Colts, so that must count for something, right? No? Maurice Jones-Drew has shredded the Colts in their last two meetings, but alas, holding out during training camp kiddies, can make you injury prone during the year. Colts have won seven straight Thursday games. This one will make it eight. The Coach says: “So much for homefield advantage – again.”
THE DOC: TAKE THE COLTS TO WIN AND COVER.
THE COACH: TAKE THE COLTS TO WIN AND COVER.