Jags Ushering out the Weaver Era on Sunday

Jags Ushering out the Weaver Era on Sunday

The Jaguars close out the Wayne Weaver era Sunday by hosting the Indianapolis Colts in a bizarre game that both teams are better off losing.



If the Jaguars win, it will give the Colts the first draft pick, which they will likely use to take Andrew Luck. If Luck is as good as advertised, the Jaguars will be playing against him for the next decade.

If they lose to the Colts and the Rams lose at home to San Francisco, the Colts wouldn't get the first pick.

The Jaguars, though, aren't thinking about the future. They don't want to finish the season with three consecutive losses. They'd also like to get a victory to give Weaver, the team's founding owner, a win in his last game as the owner. His sale of the team to Shad Khan will be completed on Jan. 4.

And they'd like to get the rushing title for Maurice Jones-Drew, who has 1,437 yards rushing and is expected to be the only player on the team voted to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday.

Although the Colts are 2-13 to the Jaguars 4-10, the Colts have won their last two after a 2-13 start while the Jaguars have lost their last two games.

And the Jaguars' wounded secondary may have trouble stopping Colts quarterback Dan Orlovsky, who completed 23 of 41 passes for 244 yards in a 19-16 victory over the Texans on Christmas Eve.

The Titans' Matt Hasselbeck passed for 350 yards in a 23-17 victory over the Jaguars Saturday. It didn't matter that he threw two interceptions.

The Titans stressed the pass because the Jaguars' secondary has been ravaged by injuries. They've put 11 defensive backs on the injured reserve list, including their two starting corners, Rashean Mathis and Derek Cox.

And a 12th defensive back, starting safety Dwight Lowery, was inactive with a shoulder injury. A 13th, cornerback Kevin Rutland, was injured in the pregame warmups and a 14th, Ashton Youboty, suffered a hamstring injury during the game trying to defend a 48-yard catch by Damian Williams early in the fourth quarter.

So by the end of the game, the Jaguars were missing their two starting cornerbacks, Mathis and Cox, and their two backups, Youboty and Rutland, and a starting safety, Lowery.

They were playing Morgan Trent, who signed with the team on Nov. 30, and David Jones, who played for them last year and was signed on Dec. 3, at the corner spots by the fourth quarter. And Akwasi Owusu-Ansah was at safety after signing with the team on Dec. 6.

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