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Colts Trying To Quiet Jalen Ramsey, Get Back In AFC South Race

The Colts (3-5) will play 5 divisional games in the final 8 weeks of the season. To get back into the AFC South race, they need to first take care of the Jaguars (3-5) on Sunday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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INDIANAPOLIS – It’s not often that Andrew Luck is having to respond to trash talk.

But he had to do that earlier this year, after Jacksonville All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey went spouting off about a plethora of NFL quarterbacks.

"Andrew Luck—I don't really think he's that good,” Ramsey said in a GQ piece over he summer. “Him and T.Y. (Hilton) had a connection in the past that made him stand out a little bit more, but I don't think he's good."

Luck’s response, as you would expect, brought some awkward laughter.

“Glad to be included…I have no comments about the comments," a chuckling Luck said.

Any extra motivation for Sunday.

“No, every game is fun to play. I am excited for the next meeting.”

For those outside of the Indianapolis and Jacksonville markets on Sunday, a pair of 3-5 teams meeting in Week 10 probably does not really push the needle.

But there are some interesting quirks, outside of Ramsey’s comments, to Sunday’s matchup.

-One, Jacksonville has dominated the Colts in recent meetings. The Jaguars have won 4 out of the last 5 matchups, including beating the Colts by a combined score of 57-10 in two meetings last season. Jacksonville’s 27-0 shutout of the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium was the first time Indy was held scoreless since 1993.

-However, Luck played in just 2 of those 5 meetings (with the Colts going 1-1 in those). Luck missed a blowout loss late in 2015 down in Jacksonville with a kidney injury. And he obviously missed both meetings last season.

-While Blake Bortles is thought to be a quarterback you immediately start the opposing defense in fantasy that week, he’s torched the Colts. Since 2015, Bortles has thrown for 10 touchdowns and 0 interceptions against the Colts. He’s averaged 282.5 yards in those games.

-Will the Colts’ vastly improved offensive line be able to stymie a Jacksonville pass rush that sacked Jacoby Brissett 10 times in last year’s contest at Lucas Oil Stadium?

-Other little subplots to Sunday include the Indy return for Donte Moncrief (29 catches for 379 yards and 2 touchdowns) and this rather intense play from Leonard Fournette and Mike Mitchell from last year (although both guys are iffy this week with respective injuries).

The big picture is this though: Will either of these teams seriously challenge the Houston Texans for the AFC South reign in 2018?

The Jaguars have lost 4 straight and return from their bye week with gobs of questions after leading the division through September.

The Colts have won games in consecutive weeks for the first time since 2015 and believe they can get on a run with a favorable schedule down the stretch.

What will happen Sunday?

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