This game on Sunday is critical for both teams. The winner of the game stays alive in the division race, while the other team is likely going to have a top 10 pick in the draft next year.
Division games are always critical. Sunday’s between the Colts and the Jaguars is no exception. Both teams come into the game with a 3-5 record and three games back from the division leader. The winner of this game can change their fortunes, while the loser looks forward to next season.
The Colts are actually in better shape than Jacksonville to get back into the division race. They have a much easier schedule down the stretch than the Jags. But if they lose on Sunday, a 3-6 record seems to large of a deficit to overcome.
Neither team has played up to their potential this season. For the Colts, that is because of injuries. They have sapped the ability for them to play games with their best players. For the Jags, it’s because of inconsistency on both sides of the ball.
Neither team looks capable of doing damage in the playoffs right now. The other teams in the AFC just look a lot better than them. But there is still half of a season to go. Both teams have a chance to grow into a contender, even though that seems unlikely right now.
Whoever comes out on top will be looking to change their luck and move forward. Whoever loses also might change course and try to lose more games to get a better pick in the draft. Either way, it sets up an incredibly compelling game on Sunday.