This season's first AFC South rematch looks like a mismatch.The surging Indianapolis Colts have averaged a little more than 33 points over their last eight games while the reeling Jacksonville Jaguars have topped 21 points once in the last two months. The Colts (6-5) have won five straight since a less-than-ideal start. The Jaguars (3-8) have dropped seven in a row since thumping the New York Jets to end the season's opening quarter."Definitely dumbfounded Youth Chris Conley Jersey ," Jacksonville defensive tackle Malik Jackson said. "If you would have told me in April we'd be 3-8, I'd say you're lying. I don't know what's going on. ... I don't know what to say, what to change. We work hard. Guys have bought into the scheme. The locker room is still together."Nobody's waving (goodbye), nobody's searching for flights to get out of here at the end of the season. Guys are locked in. To go out there and keep losing, it's unexplainable. I don't even know what to say to you."The teams played three weeks ago, with the Colts winning 29-26 thanks partly to Jacksonville receiver Rashad Greene's fumble in field-goal range with 1:30 remaining.Jacksonville won't look the same in the second meeting.Coach Doug Marrone fired offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and benched quarterback Blake Bortles this week, making two major changes in hopes of jumpstarting one of the league's worst passing attacks. He promoted quarterbacks coach and former CFL head coach Scott Milanovich to play-caller along with backup quarterback Cody Kessler. Kessler, who went 0-8 with Cleveland in 2016, will make his first start in two years.Those tweaks could provide a spark for Jacksonville and might be a challenge for the Colts."I have been in the situation before on the other side where we have had a quarterback change, whether it be by injury or you are just changing," Colts coach Frank Reich said. "In my experiences http://www.chiefsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-travis-kelce-jersey , it's not quite as big of a deal as everybody thinks."It's usually not as big a systematic change as people might think. You nuance a couple things, you shift a couple things, but mostly you are running your system. So he will be ready. He's been running their system, right? He's been running their system, been in it, so we will just prepare against what we have been seeing on tape."Indy won't have to prepare for Jacksonville's best offensive player. Running back Leonard Fournette was suspended one game without pay for leaving the sideline, running across the field and instigating a fight at Buffalo last week. The penalty will cost Fournette about $100,000.Former Browns running back Carlos Hyde is expected to start in place of Fournette.Jacksonville also will be without left guard Andrew Norwell (ankle), who became the third O-line starter and fifth lineman to land on injured reserve."We've had some injuries," center Tyler Shatley said. "You hate to see that."The Colts know the feeling, having played all of last season without quarterback Andrew Luck and losing by a combined score of 57-10 in two games against Jacksonville in 2017.Now Dustin Colquitt Jersey , Indy is going for its first six-game winning streak since 2009, and Luck has three or more touchdown passes in eight consecutive games."You work together and you should be getting a little better every day," Luck said. "It's great to see it show up on the field, but we know as the season goes on, the challenge gets a little bigger and the climb gets a little tougher."Here are some other things to know about the Colts and Jaguars:TIGHT SPOTNo team has been more proficient finding tight ends this season than the Colts.Eric Ebron already has 11 touchdown catches, matching his total from the previous four seasons, and he's tied for the league lead with Antonio Brown and Tyreek Hill. In fact, Andrew Luck has thrown 18 of his 32 TD passes to tight ends 鈥?more than twice as many as any other team.PENALTY PROBLEMSThe Jaguars are hoping to play a little cleaner. They lead the NFL with 22 personal fouls, and Marrone has grown tired of all the flags for undisciplined behavior ."The way the team plays is a reflection on me," Marrone said. "I understand that. I've always taken a lot of pride in having a well-disciplined, smart football team and obviously I'm not getting that done."HOLDING THE LINEThe biggest turnaround for Indy has come on the offensive line. The Colts have given up just 11 sacks all season Authentic Justin Houston Jersey , matching New Orleans for the league low and have allowed just one over the last six weeks. This week on the AP Laboratory, Craig, Matt and I answered a question about what we would do with the EDGE position next year. Would we cut Justin Houston? Would we re-sign Dee Ford to a long term deal? Would we put Ford on a franchise tag? We all weighed in.Craig Stout: “This year has been fantastic for Dee Ford. Meanwhile Justin Houston is hurt and can’t be on the field for what seems like the 30th year in a row. I think at this point you cut your losses, take the $7 million in dead cap. Sign Dee if you can or tag him to keep him in house, that way you don’t have to replace two EDGEs next year.”Matt Lane: “What Dee Ford is doing right now is something you’re not going to get someone to do right away from the draft, even as good as this EDGE class is going to be. What you save cutting Justin Houston technically is going to cover all but a couple million of the franchise tag for Dee Ford. That’s assuming you can’t get a long-term deal. If you can find a way to get a two or three-year deal that he might take because it would allow him to get one more deal before he’s done playing, do it. If not, franchise tag him.”I lean towards cutting Houston and franchise tagging for Ford for one year. The Chiefs haven’t got much production from their two highest paid defensive players this year and I’m leery of a long-term deal for someone with a back injury history.We talk Sammy Watkins, Ford and give you a two round mock draft to fix the 2019 defense on this week’s episode of the AP Laboratory. If you can’t see the player below, click here.Links: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Art 19
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