Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts: Keep Your Enemies Close – 5 Questions with Horseshoe Heroes

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Oct 4, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars kicker

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(2) misses a potential game winning kick at the end of the regulation in the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis defeats Jacksonville 16-13 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

With only 4 games left in the 2015 regular season, the Jacksonville Jaguars find themselves in a relatively familiar spot – on the outside looking in at the playoff picture.

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It was only two weeks ago that the Jaguars were 4-6 and riding high as they were only a game out of first place of the AFC South. Two straight losses in which the defense barely showed up have put those postseason aspirations to rest, but the Jaguars can still build momentum heading into the offseason as they face the Indianapolis Colts.

We wanted to get some intel on our opponent so we reached out to Evan Reller over at Horseshoe Heroes. Here’s what he had to say:

1. Against all odds, the Colts are still in first place of the AFC South. What has kept them afloat without Andrew Luck?

"The schedule has been very favorable and the defense has stepped up in most of the wins. Outside of your Jags missing game winning field goals, and the Texans struggling to have a QB, the Colts face a rookie (Jameis Winston) and the quickly falling apart Matt Ryan. And then when the Colts played a good team and top 10 QB, they were picked apart in Pittsburgh. The Colts are 4-1 with Matt Hasselbeck at QB, but he’s only really had two good games. He can play well enough for them to win, but it has been a group effort. It often feels like the Colts are barely getting off successful plays on offense and are needing help defensively to come away with wins."

My take:

What separates the Jaguars and Colts? Not very much. In fact, you could make the argument that the Jaguars have more overall talent, they’ve just bumbled through the end of some games thanks to poor special teams and bad coaching. The Colts are a prime example of a veteran team knowing how to pull it out at the end of games, something the young Jaguars are still trying to figure out.

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