Jaguars (3-5) at Colts (3-5)

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Jaguars’ keys to vic­tory: With RB Leonard Four­nette ex­pected to re­turn, the Jaguars will need to lean on their run game to take the pres­sure off QB Blake Bor­tles, who has strug­gled to carry the team. Keep­ing the pocket clean is crit­i­cal — the Jaguars have al­lowed 22 sacks and 53 quar­ter­back hits in eight games. Amid their four-game los­ing streak, the Jaguars de­fense will need to re­turn to the for­mi­da­ble unit it is ex­pected to be af­ter al­low­ing 28.5 points per game over that stretch. The de­fense ranks first in the league against the pass and will want to plug the run, forc­ing the Colts to move the ball through the air against Jack­sonville’s nor­mally stout sec­ondary, led by CB Jalen Ram­sey.

Colts’ keys to vic­tory: The Colts have gained 220 and 222 yards rush­ing in the last two games and want to con­tinue to lean on RB Mar­lon Mack (av­er­ag­ing 5.8 yards per carry), which would al­low QB An­drew Luck to run a more bal­anced offense. TEs Jack Doyle and Eric Ebron will want to get heav­ily in­volved, es­pe­cially if WR T.Y. Hil­ton is deal­ing with the Jaguars’ strong cor­ner­back duo on the out­side. The Colts de­fense has been in­con­sis­tent against the run, and stop­ping RB Leonard Four­nette is a must — that would force QB Blake Bor­tles to beat them.

Matchup to watch: Jaguars CB Jalen Ram­sey vs. Colts WR T.Y. Hil­ton. It’s a top-tier cor­ner­back against a top-tier wide re­ceiver and should be in­ter­est­ing.

Who wins? The Colts offense faces a tough chal­lenge, but it should be able to score enough to keep the Jaguars offense at bay.

Colts, 23-17 line: Colts JAGUARS SCHED­ULE

W .... at N.Y. Gi­ants .... 20-15 W ...NewEng­land ...31-20 L ......... Ten­nessee ......... 9-6 W ........ N.Y. Jets ........ 31-12 L .... at Kansas City .... 30-14 L .......... atDal­las .......... 40-7 L .......... Hous­ton .......... 20-7 L ... Philly (Lon­don) ... 24-18 Nov. 4 .............. Bye .............. Nov. 11 . at In­di­anapo­lis . 1 Nov. 18 .. Pitts­burgh .. 8:20 Nov. 25 ...... at Buf­falo ...... 1 Dec. 2 ..... In­di­anapo­lis ..... 1 Dec. 6 . at Ten­nessee . 8:20 Dec. 16 .... Wash­ing­ton .... 1 Dec. 22 or 23 at Mi­ami TBD Dec. 30 .... at Hous­ton .... 1

L ........ Cincin­nati ........ 34-23 W ..... at Wash­ing­ton ..... 21-9 L .... at Philadel­phia .... 20-16 L ......... Hous­ton ......... 37-34 L ...at New Eng­land ...38-24 L ........ at N.Y. Jets ........ 42-34 W ........... Buf­falo ........... 37-5 W ....... at Oak­land ....... 42-28 Nov. 4 ............... Bye ............... Nov. 11 ..... Jack­sonville ..... 1 Nov. 18 ...... Ten­nessee ...... 1 Nov. 25 .......... Mi­ami .......... 1 Dec. 2 ...at Jack­sonville ...1 Dec. 9 ....... at Hous­ton ....... 1 Dec. 16 .......... Dal­las .......... 1 Dec. 22 or 23 . Gi­ants .TBD Dec. 30 ...at Ten­nessee ...1

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