Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) celebrates his touchdown run against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter of an NFL football game
Colts ‘cruise’ past Jaguars Luck continues to shine

JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Nov 9,(AFP): Andrew Luck threw for 227 yards and ran for two touchdowns Thursday as Indianapolis avenged an early season NFL defeat with a 27-10 triumph over division rivals Jacksonville.
The Colts are now 5-1 since head coach Chuck Pagano left the team to undergo treatment for leukemia.
Interim coach Bruce Arians had feared his team might suffer a let-down after an emotional locker-room visit from Pagano after last week’s victory over Miami.
Instead, Indianapolis became the latest team to beat up the Jaguars, whose lone victory this season was their 22-17 win over the Colts back in September.
Luck’s streak of four straight 300-yard passing games came to an end, but the rookie quarterback delivered on the ground to help the Colts put together their first four-game winning streak since the end of the 2010 season.


Colts defender Darius Butler finished with two interceptions — returning one for a touchdown — in the victory.
The week’s action continues Sunday, when the Atlanta Falcons, 8-0 for the first time in club history, will launch the second half of their campaign at NFC South division rivals New Orleans.
“We are halfway through the season and I think everybody’s focus is just to keep their head down, keep working hard and not worry about anything more than that,” quarterback Matt Ryan said after the Falcons beat Dallas on Sunday.
“I think that is one of the reasons we have been successful in the first half of the season. It’s going to be important for us to keep doing that to try and be successful in the second half.”
The Saints will rely on their own star quarterback, Drew Brees, who is 10-2 against the Falcons since joining the Saints in 2006.
His team breathed new life into their season on Monday when Brees threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-13 victory over Philadelphia. The Eagles and the Cowboys will both be trying to bounce back from last week’s defeats when they meet in an NFC East division clash at Philadelphia.
The Eagles, mired in a four-game losing streak, will try to ignite their sputtering offence. They are 29th in scoring with an average of 16.6 points per game, and quarterback Michael Vick was sacked seven times by the Saints last week.


Nor has the Cowboys offense offered much to celebrate. They rank 26th in the league and their loss to Atlanta was their second straight and fourth in five games.
In other games this week, the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, the NFC East leaders, visit Cincinnati, trying to bounce back from a 24-20 home loss to Pittsburgh.
AFC East leaders New England host Buffalo — who have not won at New England since November of 2000. Overall, the Bills have lost 11 straight games at New England and have lost 22 of its last 24 games against the Pats.
Denver coach John Fox takes his Broncos to Charlotte — where he coached the Panthers for nine seasons — the Broncos attempting to improve on the 5-3 record that has them atop the AFC West.
Other games see Tennessee at Miami, Detroit at Minnesota, San Diego at Tampa Bay, the New York Jets at Seattle, St Louis at San Francisco, Houston at Chicago and on Monday, Kansas City at Pittsburgh.

NFL Results/Standings/Fixtures
WASHINGTON, Nov 9, (RTRS): Result from the NFL match between Jacksonville and Indianapolis on Thursday:
Indianapolis    27    Jacksonville    10
Standings
American Football Conference
AFC East
    W    L    T    OTL    PF    PA    Pct
New England    5    3    0    0    262    170    .625
Miami    4    4    0    2    170    149    .500
NY Jets    3    5    0    1    168    200    .375
Buffalo    3    5    0    0    180    248    .375
AFC North
    W    L    T    OTL    PF    PA    Pct
Baltimore    6    2    0    0    199    176    .750
Pittsburgh    5    3    0    0    191    164    .625
Cincinnati    3    5    0    0    189    218    .375
Cleveland    2    7    0    0    169    211    .222
AFC South
    W    L    T    OTL    PF    PA    Pct
Houston    7    1    0    0    237    137    .875
Indianapolis    6    3    0    0    186    201    .667
Tennessee    3    6    0    1    182    308    .333
Jacksonville    1    8    0    2    127    246    .111
AFC West
    W    L    T    OTL    PF    PA    Pct
Denver    5    3    0    0    235    175    .625
San Diego    4    4    0    0    185    157    .500
Oakland    3    5    0    0    171    229    .375
Kansas City    1    7    0    0    133    240    .125
National Football Conference
NFC East
    W    L    T    OTL    PF    PA    Pct
NY Giants    6    3    0    0    254    185    .667
Philadelphia    3    5    0    1    133    183    .375
Dallas    3    5    0    0    150    181    .375
Washington    3    6    0    0    226    248    .333
NFC North
    W    L    T    OTL    PF    PA    Pct
Chicago    7    1    0    0    236    120    .875
Green Bay    6    3    0    0    239    187    .667
Minnesota    5    4    0    0    204    197    .556
Detroit    4    4    0    1    192    188    .500
NFC South
    W    L    T    OTL    PF    PA    Pct
Atlanta    8    0    0    0    220    143    1.000
Tampa Bay    4    4    0    0    226    185    .500
New Orleans    3    5    0    1    218    229    .375
Carolina    2    6    0    0    149    180    .250
NFC West
    W    L    T    OTL    PF    PA    Pct
San Francisco    6    2    0    0    189    103    .750
Seattle    5    4    0    0    170    154    .556
Arizona    4    5    0    1    144    173    .444
St Louis    3    5    0    0    137    186    .375
Sunday, Nov 11 Fixtures
Oakland at Baltimore (21:00), Denver at Carolina (21:00), NY Giants at Cincinnati ( 21:00), Tennessee at Miami ( 21:00), Detroit at Minnesota ( 21:00),  Buffalo at New England ( 21:00),  Atlanta at New Orleans ( 21:00),  San Diego at Tampa Bay ( 21:00),  NY Jets at Seattle (00:05),  Dallas at Philadelphia (00:25),  St Louis at San Francisco (00:25).
Monday
Houston at Chicago (04:20)
Note: Kick off times Kuwait.
 

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