- Associated Press - Saturday, December 12, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Jacksonville Jaguars have been the NFL’s ultimate streak busters this season, at least in a supporting role.

They helped Tampa Bay end an 11-game skid at home in October. They assisted Tennessee in halting an 11-game slide at home last week. They also were the opponent when San Diego traveled cross-country and snapped a six-game losing string two weeks ago.

The Jaguars (4-8) hope to play a part in ending two more lengthy ones against Indianapolis (6-6) on Sunday.

The Colts have won 16 consecutive games against AFC South opponents - the longest current intradivision streak in the NFL - and six in a row against Jacksonville.

“Division games are always important,” Colts cornerback Vontae Davis said. “It’s just a different mentality going into this game. We want to keep our streak, and Jacksonville, they want to end it.”



The Jaguars had chances to end the streak in October, but Jason Myers missed two field goals. Myers missed wide right from 53 yards out at the end regulation and was wide left on a 48-yarder in overtime. Either of those would have ended the game - and the streak.

The Colts won 16-13, thanks to Adam Vinatieri’s 27-yard field goal six plays after Myers’ second miss.

“The last one, that thing could have went either way, obviously,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “I think everybody saw the same thing that we saw, so this is two ballclubs that throw out all the records. We’ve got to go on the road. It’s a division game. It’s a rivalry game. Two teams to go on and win another game to stay in the hunt, so I’m not looking back. We’re just trying to look forward.

“Every game is different, every year is different. This is a different team that we’re playing than when we played earlier in the season.”

On both sides of the ball, really.

Jacksonville’s offense has made significant strides, with Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson setting franchise records for touchdown passes and touchdown receptions, respectively, last week. But the defense has struggled mightily in consecutive losses.

“It’s a division game and we’ve got a great opportunity at home,” said Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, who is winless in five tries against the Colts. “It comes back to nothing to do with the Colts. It’s about us and what we need to do. That part hasn’t changed.”

Here are a few other things to know about the Colts and Jaguars heading into their 30th meeting:

HASSELBECK AGAIN: Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is expected to miss his sixth start of the season and fourth straight since lacerating a kidney and partially tearing an abdominal muscle. Backup Matt Hasselbeck won his first four starts, including the first meeting with the Jags, but looked his age (40) in a loss at Pittsburgh last week. “I’m just trying to help this team get a win every week and, in a sense, just trying not to screw it up,” Hasselbeck said.

HURNS RETURNS: Jaguars receiver Allen Hurns is expected to return to the starting lineup after missing a game for the first time in his NFL career. Hurns sat out last week’s loss at San Diego because of a concussion. He was cleared to practice and play Monday. He needs 242 yards receiving in the final four games to give Jacksonville two 1,000-yard receivers for the first time since 2001.

SICK THEN, SORE NOW: Hasselbeck played sick against Jacksonville in October. He said he got bad chicken from a quick-service restaurant two nights before the game. It hit him in the second quarter and caused a bacterial infection. This time, he’s likely to still be a little sore against the Jaguars. He was sacked twice last week and took two awkward hits that left him with a stiff neck and a mild rib separation.

MYERS MISSES: Myers has missed a league-leading six extra points, including two last week that essentially cost the team three points in a 42-39 loss at Tennessee. The rookie is looking to redeem himself this week - for those and for missing two potential winning field goals against the Colts in October. “If it comes down to a field goal, I would love that, to have that chance,” Myers said.

FAMILY HELP: Pagano hinted that he spoke to his brother, Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano, about defending the Jaguars. “We try to turn every stone, dot the I’s and cross the T’s, and watch the tape and all that stuff. You try to do everything you can to win a football game and do it the right way within the framework of rules and all that stuff,” he said.

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