NFL Preview: Indianapolis Colts v Jacksonville Jaguars, live on Sky Sports 2HD
Last Updated: 08/11/12 10:52am
Indianapolis Colts will be looking to make it four consecutive victories on Thursday night when they travel to the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars in Thursday's live Sky Sports clash.
The Colts, led by rookie Andrew Luck, are a team are the up and have improved to 5-3 in the AFC South after winning four of their last five contests.
Indianapolis got the better of Miami 23-20 last time out with Luck completing 30 of 48 passes and throwing for 433 yards - including two touchdowns.
Jacksonville have the joint-worst record in the NFL with one win from eight matches and head coach Mike Mularkey's team have yet to win at home in four games.
The Jaguars, who are ranked last in points per game, yards per game and passing yards, suffered a 31-14 defeat to the Detriot Lions on Sunday.
Star running back Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) remains sidelines for a third consecutive week while safety Dwight Lowery (ankle) and fullback Greg Jones (hip) are also absent.
Despite Jacksonville's poor form this season Mularkey has been happy with the team's application in training in what is a short game week.
"We've had good preparation," he said. "We really have. That's what a lot of the frustration is; they've done what we've asked. We just have to get it transformed out onto that game field.
"Every time I've stepped on the field with this team, we all have felt like we're going to win the game. Regardless of where we're at, the record, who the opponent is, I think we all have felt as if we prepared well during the week and we felt like we should play well. It's the natural process.
"The one thing we can't do is not have good preparation during the week. Then we don't give ourselves a chance Sunday. That's one thing that will not drop off."
The Colts are not without injuries of their own as cornerbacks Vontae Davis (knee) and Jerraud Powers (toe) and tight end Coby Fleener (shoulder) did not travel Wednesday.
Five other players listed as questionable did make the trip - receiver Donnie Avery (hip), running back Donald Brown (knee), right tackle Winston Justice (knee), outside linebacker Robert Mathis (back) and center Samson Satele (back).
The Colts rank fourth in the league with 390.9 yards per game, a huge improvement from last season when they were 30th at 286.8.
"The kid, he continues to amaze," said receiver Reggie Wayne of Luck. "Hopefully I can help, you know, add on to his legacy that he's about to build."