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Power Rankings: Losing Sunday could ease Jacksonville's pain


Updated Dec. 27

There are actually fans in Jacksonville this week hoping the Jaguars lose.

I've received messages from lifelong Jaguars fans -- yes, it's a short life so far -- saying they are giving up on the team.

They are now Indianapolis Colts fans. Yes, the team with the quarterback they hate. The team that has owned their division since they moved to it, the team that has been a counter-clash of cultures to what the Jaguars have been, a pass-first team built around a franchise passer compared to a big, physical run-first team.

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The fans want the Colts to beat the Jaguars.

Forget that it's Wayne Weaver's last game as owner. That's the past. This is about the future.

They don't want the Colts to get another franchise passer after all the torment they've endured by the right arm of Peyton Manning. They don't want them to get Andrew Luck.

They want their team to Suck so the Colts don't get Luck. Guess what, guy? You can forget that. The players on the field Sunday don't give a rat's ass about what happens in the future. They are playing for their lives. The tape from that game is part of their resume.

It's who they are. They put food on their tables staying in the league. They're not about to worry about a guy coming in next year. The Jaguars, who are No. 27 here in our CBSSports.com Power Rankings, have 31 players on the injured-reserve list. So even though they will be playing to win, they still might not have enough to pull it off.

But it's absurd to think that any players, coaches or team will sit down for something that might happen in the future.

Jaguars fans will have to deal with it if the Jaguars win. Andrew Luck will be going to Indianapolis. Instead of putting so much into wishing he does not go there, the Jaguars fans might want to focus on their own team and what they will need to do to overcome another franchise passer in Indianapolis after Manning is gone.


Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and is the self-anointed star of CBS Sports' show, Eye on Football. When he's not watching game tape, you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.

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