The Indianapolis Colts need to win in Week 17 and hope that the Cleveland Browns or the Miami Dolphins would lose for them to get a ticket to the playoffs. The Jacksonville Jaguars have robbed the Colts of a win this season already, but will they be able to pull off an upset against Indianapolis again? Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Jacksonville Jaguars vs Indianapolis Colts Regular Season Week 17 Game on January 3, 2021
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
When: Sunday, January 3, 2021, 4:25 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the Jacksonville Jaguars (+14)
Regular Season Record: 1-14
Whatever happens in Week 17, the Jags have already accomplished their one true mission, which is to win the No. 1 pick at the 2021 NFL Draft. With that out of the way, the Jags will look to bookend their season with another win against the only team they have beaten so far this year. The Jaguars shocked Indianapolis in Week 1 in a 27-20 home win. Gardner Minshew tossed three touchdowns in that game, while James Robinson led the team with 62 rushing yards on 16 carries. Both Minshew and Robinson are not going to play in Week 17, though. Mike Glennon will start at quarterback on Sunday, while Robinson has already been shut down. Dare Ogunbowale is likely to draw the start in the backfield. Ogunbowale had 71 rushing yards on 14 carries in Jacksonville’s 41-17 Trevor Lawrence-clinching loss at home to the Chicago Bears last Sunday.
The Jaguars, whose offensive line is good enough to help the team rank 10th overall in yards per carry (4.6), are 2-1 against the spread in their last three games on the road.
Betting on the Indianapolis Colts (-14)
Regular Season Record: 10-5
The Colts have been waiting for this day to come for a long time. Finally, Philip Rivers and company are going to have a chance to avenge their loss to the Jags way back in Week 1. Indianapolis is coming off a 28-24 road loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 16, as they wasted a 17-point lead. Nevertheless, the Colts must like what they’re seeing from rookie running back Jonathan Taylor. He rushed for 74 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries against Pittsburgh’s stout defense. The former Wisconsin Badgers star has racked up 307 rushing yards and five rushing scores since Week 14. He didn’t figure much in Week 1’s meeting with the Colts, but expect him to have plenty of opportunities this time around to carve up the Jaguars’ defense that is third-worst in the league against the run. The Jags are allowing 145.3 rushing yards per game and have just allowed three rushing scores to the Bears.
The Colts are 5-5 against the spread in their last 10 home games overall.
The Colts win, 37-14.
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