Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts predictions: What NFL experts think of Week 18 game

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The Jacksonville Jaguars wrap up another disappointing season Sunday. But do they have one more trick up their sleeves against the Indianapolis Colts?

The Jaguars stunned the NFL when they opened the 2020 season by beating the Colts. (Granted, they lost every game after that.) This season, the Jags won a mud fight over the Buffalo Bills, who could win the AFC East with a win Sunday.

The biggest question facing the Jaguars on Sunday might be how many fans come dressed as clowns in protest of owner Shad Khan reportedly keeping GM Trent Baalke. Rookie QB Trevor Lawrence hasn't looked like the No. 1 overall pick, throwing just two touchdowns over the past nine games.

The Colts come into Jacksonville needing a win to clinch a playoff spot. But they haven't won at TIAA Bank Field since 2014. Jonathan Taylor ran for 116 yards and a touchdown in their Week 10 win in Indy.

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NFL reporters and analysts weigh in with their picks:

Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News: Colts 30-10 (Lock of the Week)

The Colts won't waste their second chance to take care of business The Jaguars folded as expected against the Patriots for us last week so we're going right back down that well given how desperate the visitors are to punch a second straight playoff ticket. This shouldn't be hard to do, as Indianapolis can just feed Jonathan Taylor often against a wilted run defense.

Wes O'Donnell, Bleacher Report: Colts 31-10

The most frightening number in this game isn't the multi-touchdown spread, it's that the Colts have lost in Jacksonville in their last six tries going all the way back to 2015. Both are vastly different teams now, Indy is fighting for one of the final open playoff spots, and they'll make the most of this opportunity against a hapless Jags squad.

Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk: Colts 31-3

The Jaguars started the 2020 season with a win over the Colts at home, before losing 15 in a row. This time around, the stakes are much higher for the road team, with a playoff berth on the line.

Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Colts 27-17

If the Steelers beat the Ravens, they need the Jaguars to beat the Colts to sneak in as the third wild-card team. History is on their side. The Colts have lost the past six meetings in Jacksonville and barely beat the Jaguars in the first meeting in Indy. It can happen, but ...

Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com: Colts 30-13

Everyone is trotting out the stat that the Jaguars have won six straight home games against the Colts. Those wins came under Doug Marrone and Gus Bradley. This Jacksonville team, however, had possibly its most complete game of the season in a 23-17 loss at Indianapolis back in Week 10. A Colts punt-block touchdown was the difference in a game that was otherwise even. Carson Wentz played poorly that day and the Colts' offense was a punt machine, so you never know. But you probably know.

Bill Bender, Sporting News: Colts 34-17

The Colts need a win to get in, and Jacksonville is clearly looking ahead to 2022. Look for Indianapolis to hammer with MVP candidate Jonathan Taylor against a Jacksonville run defense that allowed 227 rushing yards per game in its last two losses. Can Taylor get to 2,000 yards?

Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk: Colts 27-12

A Jaguars win would be the biggest upset of the season — and would cost the Jaguars the first overall pick in the draft, and likely cost the Colts a playoff berth. It’s not happening.

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: Colts 27-10

The Colts need this to get into the playoffs, while the Jaguars are heading for vacation after a horrible season. They traditionally play the Colts tough, but that won't be the case here. Their offense is terrible. Jonathan Taylor has had big days against the Jaguars and will here too to lead the Colts.

This article originally appeared on Florida Times-Union: NFL Week 18 predictions: Jaguars vs. Colts picks by NFL reporters

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