Indianapolis Colts (5-3) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7)
Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NFL Network, Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock, Alex Flanagan
Last meeting: Jacksonville rebounded from a 14-3 deficit to notch its only win of the 2012 season, 22-17, at Indianapolis in Week 3 when QB Blaine Gabbert found WR Cecil Shorts for an 80-yard TD with 45 seconds remaining.
Streaking: Colts WR Reggie Wayne leads the NFL with 104.4 receiving yards per game. He has at least five catches in 10 consecutive games and 16 receptions for 161 yards in his last two games in the series.
Lucky strikes: The Colts are beating the odds by winning without takeaways. They're minus-10 in turnover margin with only three takeaways. That adds to the immense weight on rookie QB Andrew Luck's shoulders. Sizzling hot on third downs to date, Luck has covered up for an inconsistent rushing attack. But he has been far less effective overall in road games with a 55.9 completion percentage and 2-to-6 TD-to-INT ratio. The Jaguars don't cause considerable game-planning to contend with their pedestrian pass rush, and Luck should be able to dictate what looks he'll see against three-receiver sets. Luck's mobility demands discipline and patience from the secondary. When he breaks the pocket, Luck has good accuracy but also surprising speed. Even with TE Coby Fleener (shoulder) out, the Colts have proven solid depth behind No. 1 receiver Reggie Wayne. Dwayne Allen more than filled Fleener's shoes and the speed threats of T.Y. Hilton and Donnie Avery each had 100-yard games last week.
The Blaine game: Second-year home-run threat WR Cecil Shorts is making gains just as Laurent Robinson and Justin Blackmon made a difference in the same game for the first time in Week 9. Credit increased opportunities that didn't exist when Maurice Jones-Drew was healthy and getting nearly three of every five available touches. The intriguing one-on-one battle on the left side bears close scrutiny. LT Eugene Monroe is vastly underrated, but ROLB Dwight Freeney has 10 career sacks against the Jaguars. He is coming off of his best game of the season in which he got the best of All-Pro Jake Long. It's a poor run-blocking group up front, and RB Rashad Jennings is more of a serviceable stand-in than special starter. He'll have to move the chains to keep Luck off the field, or watch the offense operate without him.
Need to know: Among quarterbacks with two or more starts, Luck has the highest winning percentage (.625) through Week 9 by rookie No. 1 overall pick in NFL history. ... The Jaguars have won three straight in the series.