2012 NFL Week 10 Thursday Night Pick – FootballThursday, November 8, 2012 18:52
Thursday night game pick and analysis for the 2012 NFL season Week 10.
NFL Week 10
Indianapolis Colts @ Jacksonville Jaguars +3
Anyone who saw Colts coach Chuck Pagano post game speech to his team couldn’t help but be teary-eyed.
I loved his distinction between living in circumstances and living in a vision.
Pagano’s Colts are the NFL’s most uplifting story. The Irsays were taking a lot of crap for letting Manning go and picking Andrew Luck over the more dynamic RGIII–but, no one is complaining now.
Luck has innate on-field awareness and seems to be as willing to study his opponents with the same obsessive approach as his predecessor.
In Jacksonville, Blaine Gabbert is having more acute growing pains, but I don’t blame it on his talent as much as the lack of talent around him.
The circumstances the Colts found themselves in post Peyton Manning were a lot more conducive to team building than the circumstances in J’ville.
The Colts cupboard wasn’t bare. Their defense was injury plagued but still had talent. Their linemen weren’t perfect, but they have proven themselves capable and the last two drafts have made the circumstances in Indy much happier—and the fans have visions of the playoffs.
In south Florida, Blaine Gabbert lacked the seasoning of Andrew Luck. I still don’t know why Jack Del Rio let the defense–his specialty–erode until it became a serious liability.
The Jags do have some talent, but no depth. When stud running back Maurice Jones Drew went down, nobody was there to step up.
New owner Shad Khan describes his team’s play as embarrassing, but has shied away from firing GM Gene Smith or coach Mike Mularkey.
It would be easy for Mularkey to label himself a victim of circumstances–he has to hope he can help his players see a greater vision without the benefit of Luck.
COLTS 27, JAGUARS 15
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