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Predictions & Projections
By David M. Dorey
 
The Huddle
WEEK 3
September 17, 2003
Season Ticket
Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 4 PM Sun 4 PM Mon 9 PM
JAX at IND NYJ at NE *NYG at WAS *GB at ARZ *OAK at DEN
*KC at HOU PIT at CIN STL at SEA Sun 8:30 PM Bye Week:
*MIN at DET *TB at ATL *BAL at SD BUF at MIA CAR, CHI
*NO at TEN Times EST CLE at SF *updated DAL, PHI
   
Jacksonville vs Indianapolis Sun, Sep 21; 1 PM on CBS at RCA Dome
  Jacksonville Rush Catch Pass
QB Mark Brunell 0 0 200,1
RB Fred Taylor 70,1 20 0
TE Kyle Brady 0 30,1 0
WR J.J. Stokes 0 20 0
WR Matthew Hatchette 0 30 0
  Indianapolis Rush Catch Pass
QB Peyton Manning 0 0 220,2
RB Edgerrin James 90 20 0
TE Marcus Pollard 0 20,1 0
TE Dallas Clark 0 30 0
WR Marvin Harrison 0 80,1 0
WR Reggie Wayne 0 50 0

Game Prediction: JAX 17, IND 23

The Jaguars fall to 0-2 with their 17-38 loss to the Bills and much of the gains seen in week one did not translate into week two.

After opening with 272 yards and two scores against the Panthers, Mark Brunell only had 122 yards passing and one rushing score against the Bills though he left the game with a sore back. Byron Leftwich replaced him at the end of the game and threw 7 of 8 for 92 yards and one trash-time touchdown. Brunell is expected to be good to play this week.

Fred Taylor rushed for 71 yards on 14 carries for a five yard average but was not used much since the Jaguars trailed by 14 points or more after the second quarter. Jacksonville was unable to hit their wideouts in the game and Cortez Hankton led the receivers with only three catches for 42 yards. This team needs Jimmy Smith back.

Kyle Brady had five catches for 42 yards and fellow tight end George Wrighster scored the passing touchdown.

The revamped defense of the Jaguars was picked apart by Drew Bledsoe and gave up 314 yards passing. They were able to shut down Travis Henry's running until the Billsa reached the goalline when Henry had three rushing scores.

Jacksonville took Carolina by surprise in week one but still allowed the Panthers to mount a comeback and beat the Jaguars. Last week, Jacksonville looked more like expectations - an offense that sputtered and a defense that could be great only in one area of focus at time.

Jermaine Lewis is now lost for the season with a torn ACL last week. The Jaguars are working out JaJuan Dawson and Robert Baker this week as potential replacements.

The defense has also lost LB Keith Mitchell with a neck injury. DB Kiwaukee Thomas (groin) and LB Eric Westmoreland (Strained MCL) may miss this week as well. DB James Trapp may return from his ankle injury.

The Colts are 2-0 and while the offense is finally catching up, the defense is second to only Tampa Bay in points allowed this season (13).

Peyton Manning Is still far behind his normal numbera but finally threw a touchdown last week thanks to Marvin Harrison's ability to make magic catches in the endzone. After opening with only 67 yards rushing in Cleveland, Edgerrin James looked back to form with a 30 carry, 120 yard effort against the Titans with one score.

The passing offense has not yet taken off and Marvin Harrison still only has 103 yards receiving for the season. Reggie Wayne is even worse with only 61 yards on the year. Defenses are keying on not allowing Harrison to get deep and he has 12 short catches to prove it. Last week rookie TE Dallas Clark actually led all receivers with four catches for 63 yards.

Brandon Stokley is still unsure if he will be ready to play this week.

Last year the Colts beat the Jaguars in the first and final games of the 2002 regular season. This year's edition of the Jaguars is still missing Jimmy Smith in the passing game and the Colts have been outstanding against the rush. Look for Manning to get back on track against a secondary that has been burned two weeks in a row.

JAX
IND
2003 Averages
IND
JAX
Gains
Allows
QB's
Gains
Allows
243
191
Pass yards
192
228
1.5
0.5
Pass TDs
0.5
2.5
0
1.5
Interceptions
1
1
6
-1
Rush yards
0
1
0.5
0
Rush TDs
0
0
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---
RB's
---
---
77
77
Rush yards
97
84
0.5
0
Rush TDs
0.5
1.5
56
19
Receive yards
29
21
0
0
Receive TD's
0
0
---
---
WR's
---
---
161
131
Receive yards
100
174
1.5
0.5
Receive TD's
0.5
2.5
---
---
TE's
---
---
27
41
Receive yards
64
33
0
0
Receive TD's
0
0
---
---
PK's
---
---
1
1
Field Goals
3.5
1
2
0.5
Extra Points
1.5
4
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---
DEF/ST
---
---
0
0
Fumbles
0.5
0.5
1
1
Interceptions
1.5
0
0
0
Touchdowns
0.5
0
2
1
Sacks
2.5
3.5
0
0
Safeties
0
0.5
Jaguars (0-2)
Score Opp.
23-24 @CAR
17-38 BUF
Week 3 @IND
Week 4 @HOU
Week 5 SD
Week 6 MIA
Week 7 BYE
Week 8 TEN
Week 9 @BAL
Week 10 IND
Week 11 @TEN
Week 12 @NYJ
Week 13 TB
Week 14 HOU
Week 15 @NE
Week 16 NO
Week 17 @ATL
Colts (2-0)
Score Opp.
9-6 @CLE
33-7 TEN
Week 3 JAX
Week 4 @NO
Week 5 @TB
Week 6 CAR
Week 7 BYE
Week 8 HOU
Week 9 @MIA
Week 10 @JAX
Week 11 NYJ
Week 12 @BUF
Week 13 NE
Week 14 @TEN
Week 15 ATL
Week 16 DEN
Week 17 @HOU
(Statistics are game averages from current season )