When Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley looks across the field today he will see an organization he liked to emulate.
Indianapolis has a new, young franchise quarterback. It has avoided back-to-back losses for two full seasons. It is winning games and reaching the playoffs in spite of injuries and the seemingly long odds, and now Bradley wants his team to follow Indy's blueprint.
"They're playing really hard, really fast and because of that you're seeing them get a lot of takeaways on defense and they're doing a good job holding on to the ball offensively," Bradley said. "You just don't see many mistakes. They definitely have that culture and it's something that we're striving to get here."
There's no doubt the Colts (10-5) have kept the miscues to a minimum. They have the fewest turnovers (14) and the fewest penalties (64) in the NFL this year, which explains why they've already wrapped up the AFC South and are tuning up for another playoff appearance.
But Indy also takes nothing for granted.
Despite giving up just 10 points and one touchdown in double-digit wins over Houston and Kansas City the last two weeks, the Colts have made no secret there is plenty to accomplish in the regular-season finale.
"That's our focus this week, and I know I can speak for every player that's what it is," Andrew Luck said.
And with Maurice Jones-Drew coming to town, there's no reason to look ahead. The NFL's 2011 rushing champ has continually made the Colts pay for bypassing him in the 2006 draft, averaging 100.9 yards rushing and scoring 14 overall touchdowns in 14 career games against the Colts. Plus, the Jags (4-11) are on a roll - rebounding from an 0-8 start to win four of their last seven games.
What Bradley would like to see this week, though, is the Jags steal a page right out of Chuck Pagano's playbook.
"I really marvel at their execution," Bradley said. "We talk here about we want a culture of execution. I put on their tape and that's exactly what they're doing."