Hope, Winston: Colts will beat Jaguars

December, 15, 2010
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The Houston Texans have played the Indianapolis Colts twice and the Jacksonville Jaguars once.

The Tennessee Titans have played the Jaguars twice and the Colts once.

So I was curious what a couple veterans thought about Sunday’s Jacksonville-Indianapolis showdown.

Titans safety Chris Hope didn’t hesitate in taking the Colts.

“I’m going to go with the Colts,” he said. “The games that Peyton Manning has played badly were against teams that he doesn’t play a lot. Playing against the Jacksonville Jaguars twice a year and being that the Jaguars beat them the first time, I’m pretty sure he’s going to put up some numbers this time.”

Houston right tackle Eric Winston went the same direction, initially saying he'd take the Colts by 14 before softening a bit.

“I think Indianapolis is an incredibly tough place to play,” he said. “It’s not like Peyton Manning’s been playing badly. It’s not like he’s been throwing for 175 yards and no touchdowns and two pick-sixes. He had a couple bad games with pick-sixes, but no one wanted to talk about he was still throwing for 300 yards and three touchdowns too.

“It’s nothing against the Jags, it’s just Indianapolis is Indianapolis. If it was in Jacksonville, I would think Jacksonville had a good chance to win. But if they run the ball, well I shouldn’t say 14. I think Indy is going to win, maybe it’s by a field goal, maybe it’s by seven. They’re just real tough there.”

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ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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