The Indianapolis Colts became the latest team to hammer the Jacksonville Jaguars, winning 27-10 on Thursday night behind two rushing touchdowns from rookie quarterback Andrew Luck.
Darius Butler returned an interception for a score as the visiting Colts (6-3) won their fourth consecutive game and snapped a three-game losing streak in the series. The Jaguars (1-8) have lost six straight.
The Colts had cause for concern after an emotional victory four days earlier, one in which cancer-stricken coach Chuck Pagano delivered a passionate, postgame speech in the locker room. Interim coach Bruce Arians was worried the team might crash from the emotional high.
Not even close.
Indianapolis scored on three consecutive possessions in the first half, opening a 17-0 lead that started emptying the stands at EverBank Field.
Luck, coming off an NFL rookie record 433 yards passing against Miami, wasn't quite as sharp. He didn't need to be, either.
The former Stanford star completed 18 of 26 passes for 227 yards, with an interception and a fumble. But he was unstoppable near the end zone, deking defenders with two pump fakes and scrambling for a 5-yard score on one drive and then plunging across the goal line on fourth down on the next possession.
That was plenty against the Jaguars, who have the league's worst offense and played a third game without star running back Maurice Jones-Drew.
The Colts essentially sealed
Bears: Star cornerback Charles Tillman says on Twitter that he will play Sunday against Houston, after all. Tillman's status had been up in the air after he told Chicago radio station WSCR-AM that he might not be available because his wife, Jackie, is due to give birth. But in a message to ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike In The Morning" show, he wrote "god, family, football... Baby is coming Monday don't worry I'll be there Sunday."
Ravens: Baltimore released quarterback Dennis Dixon (San Leandro High) from the practice squad.
Etc.: Court documents show former Minnesota Vikings player Bernard Berrian has reached a settlement with an East Bay couple who found his Blackberry and allegedly threatened to sell its contents unless the wide receiver paid them $30,000.
The settlement between Berrian and the couple, Ron Jones and Clarice Lankford of Oakland, was reached Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Minnesota. The documents say the terms of the deal are confidential.
According to a lawsuit filed last year, Berrian left his Blackberry at an ATM in Las Vegas in October 2010. Months later, Jones and Lankford allegedly demanded $30,000, saying if Berrian didn't pay, they'd sell the device to the highest bidder.