INDIANAPOLIS – In Gus Bradley’s first season as an NFL head coach, he has made an impressive turnaround with his Jacksonville Jaguars.
Heading into a Nov. 3 bye week, the Jaguars were in search for their first win of 2013.
The Jaguars had lost their first eight games of the year by an average of 22.2 points per game.
However since the bye week, the Jaguars have sung an entirely different tune and built some momentum heading into 2014.
Jacksonville (4-11) has won four of its past seven games with a pair of one-possession defeats the last two weeks.
Bradley points to execution on third-down and being more efficient in the red zone as to reasons why the Jaguars are starting to see tangible results.
On the defensive side of the ball, Bradley commends his team’s rush defense for part of the four wins since November.
The Colts will see starting quarterback Chad Henne on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium after facing Blaine Gabbert in the team’s first meeting.
In the Colts 37-3 victory in Jacksonville on Sept. 29, the Jaguars took an early 3-0 lead before a
The Colts picked off Gabbert three times back in Week 4 and held Maurice Jones-Drew to just 23 rushing yards on 13 carries.
Jones-Drew has returned from a late season injury and had 13 carries for 45 yards in last week’s 20-16 home loss to the Titans.
Jacksonville will be without leading receiver Cecil Shorts on Sunday. Short was placed on injured reserve a few weeks back. He had seven catches for 61 yards in the team’s first meeting.
A win for the Colts would mark just the third time they’ve finished a year undefeated in AFC South games since the division was created back in 2002.
The Colts will be looking to avenge a home loss the Jaguars gave them in Week of the 2012 regular season.
2013 Record: 4-11, 3rd in the AFC South.
Head Coach: Gus Bradley, 1st season as Jaguars head coach and 1st NFL season as head coach (4-11 overall regular season).
2013 NFL Rankings: Offense – Overall, 31st (290.1); Rushing, 30th (81.0); Passing, 25th (208.9) Defense – Overall, 27th (379.4); Rushing, 30th (135.2); Passing, 19th (244.2).
2013 Leading Passer: Chad Henne (275-of-452 comp., 2,910 yards, 60.8 pct., 12 TDs, 13 INTs).
2013 Leading Rusher: Maurice Jones-Drew (221 carries, 764 yards, 5 TDs).
2013 Leading Receiver: Cecil Shorts (injured reserve) (66 receptions, 777 yards, 3 TDs).
2013 Leading Sacker: Jason Babin (6.5).
2013 Turnover Breakdown: -4 (tied for 21st).
2013 NFL Draft Results: Under new general manager David Caldwell, the Jaguars embarked on their eight-man draft, which was the most the team selected since 2009. Offensive tackle Luke Joeckel was chosen with the second overall pick. Jacksonville stayed in the state of Florida with the No. 33 overall pick and selected safety Johnathan Cyprien. In the fourth and fifth rounds, the Jaguars selected a pair of offensive game breakers in speedy receiver Ace Sanders and offensive weapon Denard Robinson out of Michigan.
2012 Review: It was a very difficult first season for Jaguars Owner Shahid Khan. The Jaguars struggled to a 2-14 regular season and first-year head coach Mike Mularkey was fired. Second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert and running back Maurice Jones-Drew ended the season on the team’s injured reserve list. Rookie wide receiver Justin Blackmon was chosen with the fifth pick in the 2012 draft but he battled off the field issues that extended into missing the first four games of 2013.
Last time in Playoffs: 2007 season.
Last time in Super Bowl: Never.
Super Bowl Championships: None.
2013 Pro Bowl Selections: None.