Quick Take: Young Colts can inch closer to playoffs

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More Columns > and NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport has his thoughts on the game:

Why this game is intriguing: Any game that gives the Colts -- the talent-starved, rebuilding, crazily young Colts -- a chance to inch closer to a playoff appearance is worth checking out. Sunday's thrilling win over the Dolphins was followed with a heart-string-tugging moment in the locker room with coach Chuck Pagano; the Colts have to deal with a quick turnaround if they want to get to 6-3. In reality, Indianapolis badly needs this one. Those two late-season games against the Houston Texans stand out like a broken thumb on the Colts' schedule, and they need to collect as many wins as possible before that. Oh, and to get revenge on a Jacksonville team that handed them a loss in Week 3? That wouldn't be bad for the Colts. As for the Jaguars, home teams have fared well in Thursday night games. That thought should give them some hope, unlike the prospect of playing without Maurice Jones-Drew.

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