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Who will stop the rain run?

For the Indianapolis Colts that is. From AP-

Maurice Drew ran for a career-high 166 yards and two TDs, (Fred) Taylor added 131 yards and a score before leaving with a sore right hamstring and the Jaguars literally ran the Indianapolis Colts out of town and maybe out of contention for home-field advantage in the AFC with a surprising 44-17 victory Sunday.

The Jaguars (8-5) finished with 375 yards rushing — tied for the second most in the NFL since the 1970 merger and the most since Cincinnati gained 407 yards against Denver on Oct. 22, 2000.

“I haven’t seen anything like that since I watched NFL films,” Jaguars defensive end Paul Spicer said.

The Colts (10-3) spent much of the week working on tackling, trying to solidify the league’s worst run defense and solve their biggest weakness. Instead, they were worse than ever.

“I probably could have had 78 or so on two carries,” Jacksonville defensive end Bobby McCray said. “They probably would have pulled me early to save me for next week.”

The Jaguars expected to run the ball well — they had 191 yards rushing in the first meeting — but no one saw this coming.

The Colts’ run defense makes it very unlikely they can win the Super Bowl, alone even make it to the game. This combined with New England getting trounced in Miami yesterday(Will the real Miami Dolphins please stand up? You’ve lost to Houston and Green Bay but beat the Pats and Bears by 21 and 18 pts respectively.), makes the AFC playoff picture much more unclear. The Chargers are looking good, but can Coach Marty Schottenheimer erase all his past playoff failures?

At present over half the teams in the conference are still theoretically alive. AFC Playoff drama coming to a living room near you- Enjoy the confusion.

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