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NFC Championship - San Francisco 49ers v Atlanta Falcons

Remember when San Francisco 49ers’ QB Alex Smith got injured earlier last season and a young and mobile upstart named Colin Kaepernick stepped in to lead them to the Super Bowl?

You don’t remember that? Really? It was a pretty big story…well anyway, it looks like we’re about to see the end of the 49ers’ quarterback saga.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley to be their head coach. Under Bradley, the Seahawks defense allowed just 15.3 points per game, a league low.

The Jaguars, who fired now former head coach Mike Mularkey after one year, are coming off a 2-14 season in 2012, their worst in franchise history.

Consider a trend bucked off of the hiring season horse, albeit briefly. Of the eight head coach vacancies that were created beginning on Black Monday, seven have now been filled, with Bradley, Marc Trestman, and Chip Kelly the most recent hires over the past two days. And of those seven hires, six of them have been coaches whose roots come from the offensive side of the ball.

In an era when secondaries are handcuffed by increasing restrictions and both long-armed and especially mobile quarterbacks are thriving, that trend isn’t remotely shocking. The teams that have hired former offensive coordinators either have a struggling or developing quarterback who needs to be groomed (Cleveland, San Diego), or simply a sputtering offense in need of a new direction (Buffalo).

Now Bradley is the exception, which is both understandable, yet still slightly confusing.

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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Rashad Jennings will not return to the game today against the Buffalo Bills after suffering a head injury. The Jaguars are saying it is indeed a concussion.

On the day, Jennings has rushed for 20 yards on eight attempts.

Montell Owens is in the game now for the Jags.

For the those of you insane enough to trust Ryan Fitzpatrick or Chan Gailey at this point in the season, some bad news is breaking out of Ralph Wilson Stadium. Newly acquired DE Jason Babin will get the start for the Jaguars.

To make matters worse for the Bills offense, Donald Jones has been scratched because of a calf injury. In his place, T.J Graham will get the start while oft-injured Marcus Easley is active.

Like reality Blaine Gabbert, virtual Blaine Gabbert is both progressing, and boring.

Here’s a short list of more productive things you could be doing with your time instead of watching this game tonight:

  • Plant quarters on the sidewalk, and see how many people walk by before they’re all picked up and gone.
  • Shop for new cutlery, and only purchase sets that stick together magnetically.
  • Train mice to play football. Their completion percentage will likely be higher than Blaine Gabbert’s.

We’ll all watch because it’s football, and men who don’t watch football are assumed to be a member of a terrorist organization. Although it’ll be fun to watch Andrew Luck and only Andrew Luck without flipping between nine other games on a Sunday, there are few other redeeming qualities about this game, as watching Jaguars football is akin to eating cinder blocks.

But if the Madden predictor machine is accurate, it’ll be a close game complete with the expected amounts of bumbling and attempted game handing. So basically, Jaguars football.

Man, if this whole Internet writing thing takes a nose dive I know my next line of work. Eskimos be linin’ up to buy ice off of me with these marketing skillz.

OK then, let’s watch some moving pictures from this sim that features 34 virtual minutes of meh followed by two minutes of awesome in a 15-13 Jaguars win.

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Consensus line: Colts -3 (-120+) or Colts -3.5, total 42
Current betting percentage: 82% on the Colts, 58% on the OVER

Individual Team Trends:

  • Colts are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
  • Colts are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game.
  • Colts are 3-13 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
  • Jaguars are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after scoring less than 15 points in their previous game.
  • Jaguars are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games.
  • Over is 16-6 in Colts last 22 road games.
  • Under is 8-1 in Colts last 9 vs. AFC.
  • Under is 12-3-1 in Jaguars last 16 vs. AFC.

Head-to-Head Trends:

  • Over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Jacksonville.
  • Colts are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings.

Just when you thought that Thursday Night Football couldn’t possibly get any worse, the schedule makers go out and slot in something like this…and totally redeem themselves! There’s nothing more thrilling than watching Blaine Gabbert toss deep balls with 18 seconds of hang time, or watching the Colts defense miss a handful of tackles on one play. I’m dying to see all of the pre-game B-roll of Dwight Freeney from a time when he wasn’t a liability on the field. I can’t wait.

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The sun is shining, the weather is sweet, and Blaine Gabbert is improving. It’s somewhat unpopular to speak in praise of the Jaguars quarterback and call him anything but a bust since the franchise is in a state of emergency (!), and general manager Gene Smith should definitely trade for local superhero Tim Tebow to save the day. That’s what critics want you to believe, but under the hot — really hot — Florida sun, there has been incremental improvement in the performance of the 2011 first rounder that will furrow the faces of even his most passionate critics.

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