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Jaguars stat of the week

Every Thursday I’ll present an interesting (to me, anyway) stat, break it down, and try to provide some context heading into the game the following weekend.

Saddle up

No Jacksonville Jaguars player enjoys playing against the Indianapolis Colts more than Maurice Jones-Drew. That comes with having a mountain of success against the Colts in his career.

Jones-Drew has averaged 106.8 yards per game rushing in 13 games against Indianapolis. He has rushed for 1,389 yards and scored 14 touchdowns against the Colts, both of which are career bests against a single opponent. He also has had eight 100-yard games against the Colts. The next closest is four against Tennessee.

Now, part of the reason for the success is that the Colts were not very good at stopping the run in the late 2000s. Jones-Drew’s top three single-game performances all game against the Colts (177, 169 and 166 yards), and he set a franchise record with 303 all-purpose yards on Dec. 10, 2006.

Jones-Drew has played the Colts more than any other opponent, but he has played 12 games against Tennessee and 11 games against Houston, too. He has rushed for 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns against the Titans, and for 744 yards and 10 touchdowns against the Texans.

Sunday’s matchup couldn’t come at a better time for Jones-Drew and the Jaguars, who have struggled to run the ball this season. The Jaguars rank 30th in yards per game (52.0) and last in yards per attempt (2.4), and Jones-Drew has gained only 115 yards in three games and is averaging just 2.6 yards per carry -- a full 2 yards shy of his career average.

The Colts are giving up 129.0 yards per game rushing, although they did limit Miami to just 27 yards in a 24-20.