INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck started Sunday

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    by carving up Jacksonville’s staunch defense.He finished it by playing the eager spectator.After throwing three first-half touchdown passes and picking up only two first downs in the second half Braden Smith Color Rush Jerseys #72|Colts Fan Shop , he celebrated when the Indianapolis Colts‘ defense delivered the decisive turnover with 90 seconds left to preserve a 29-26 victory over the Jaguars.Article continues below ...“We played well enough in the first half to put some points on the board,” Luck said. “Then we survived.”Barely survived, that is.Trailing by three, Jacksonville quickly marched from its 42-yard line into field goal range, and when Rashad Greene Sr. went down at the Colts’ 23, it looked like the Jaguars were already set up for at least a tying field goal. Initially, Greene was ruled down before the ball squirted out.But just before the Jags (3-6) ran the next play, the whistles blew for a booth review. A few minutes later, the call was overturned, giving the ball and the game to the Colts, who have won three straight for the first time in three years.“I thought we got the play off, but obviously, we didn’t,” Jags coach Doug Marrone said before elaborating later. “Personally, I thought it wasn’t a fumble. But I see what everybody sees from the sideline.”Last year’s AFC runner-ups were a popular preseason pick to dethrone New England. Instead, the Jags have lost five straight, six of seven and are last in the division.And they don’t get more painful than this.Jacksonville had an extra point blocked and nearly returned for a 2-point conversion in the first half.Two 15-yard penalties helped Indy score its fourth touchdown, a 1-yard pass from Luck to Mo Alie-Cox late in the second quarter. An offside call on the ensuing extra point prompted coach Frank Reich to go for two, which Marlon Mack punched it in to make it 29-13.Jacksonville kicker Josh Lambo missed his first field goal of the season, a 52-yarder, wide left in the third quarter but then made a 55-yarder to cut the deficit to three with 4:03 left.Finally, Kenny Moore III sealed the Jags’ fate by ripping the ball away from Greene just before his leg went down and Malik Hooker scooped it up.“Offensively we’re looking to improve, put that thing away,” Reich said. “But make no mistake about it: This was a huge win for us.”Luck started fast, hooking up with Eric Ebron on a 53-yard TD pass seven plays into the game.After Donte Moncrief tied it on an 80-yard scoring play, Ebron answered with a 2-yard TD run to make it 14-7. Luck connected with Ebron again on a 12-yard TD pass Jabaal Sheard Jersey , giving the tight end a career-high third score with 9:19 left in the first half.Luck finished 21 of 29 with 285 yards, one interception and was not sacked. He has three TD passes or more in six straight games, one of three QBs to do so in a single season. His company: Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.Blake Bortles was 26 of 38 with 320 yards and two TD passes while Leonard Fournette had 53 yards rushing, 56 yards receiving and his first two scores of the season — one on the ground, one through the air.It just wasn’t enough.“It’s a good defense, a lot of respect for that defense,” Luck said. “We certainly weren’t sharp enough.”INJURY REPORTJaguars: Center Brandon Linder and offensive tackle Ereck Flowers both left in the third quarter with knee injuries.Colts: Defensive end Carroll Phillips left in the first half with an injured groin. Defensive tackle Grover Stewart left with an injured ankle in the fourth quarter. Neither returned.AUTOMATIC ADAMThe Colts honored the NFL’s new career scoring leader, Adam Vinatieri, before the game with a brief highlight film and the distinction of being the last starter introduced to the crowd, which roared.Vinatieri responded by waving to the crowd and slapping hands with some fans on the field. Then he added three more points to his record-breaking total (2,553) before missing a 52-yard attempt wide right with 2:58 left in the game.He also tied George Blanda for the most regular-season wins in league history (209).STAT PACKJaguars: Fournette had 29 touches, 24 carries and five receptions, in his third game this season. … Punter Logan Cooke completed a 4-yard pass on a fake field goal, which kept the Jags’ 17-play drive alive to open the second half. The drive ended with Fournette’s 1-yard TD catch.Colts: Ebron finished with three catches for 69 yards. He is the second tight end with two receiving and one rushing TD in a single game in NFL history, matching Rob Gronkowki, who did it against Indy in 2011. … Jack Doyle and Alie-Cox, Indy’s other two tight ends, combined for five catches and 64 yards. … Rookie Jordan Wilkins broke free for Indy’s longest run of the season (53 yards) in the first half.UP NEXTJaguars: Jacksonville can snap its losing streak next Sunday when it hosts Pittsburgh.Colts: Could get back into the AFC South race by beating Tennessee at home next Sunday. The Indianapolis Colts should make a blockbuster move for New York Giants superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Okay, I know... I know, general manager Chris Ballard may never go for it, but..." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteStampede Bluean Indianapolis Colts communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsColtsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Colts StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Colts NewsYahoo Colts Team PageYahoo Colts ReportYahoo Colts Depth ChartYahoo Colts TransactionsYahoo Colts PhotosShop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Filed under:Free AgencyThe Colts trading for Odell Beckham Jr. would be not only splashy, but savvyNew,102commentsESTShareTweetShareShareThe Colts trading for Odell Beckham Jr. would be not only splashy, but savvyPhoto by Elsa/Getty ImagesThe Indianapolis Colts should make a blockbuster move for New York Giants superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Okay, I know... I know, general manager Chris Ballard may never go for it Pierre Desir Color Rush Jersey , but you’ve already made it this far, so just hear me out. Colts fans know that Ballard likes picks. Not only did he trade down with the New York Jets last March before the NFL Draft in order to accumulate more selections, but he also recently stated, “I like them picks,” at this year’s NFL Combine. Coming off a grand slam of a draft class too, it only makes sense that the more “pitches” Ballard gets to hit, the more chances he gets to knock “balls out of the park”. It’s a good thing when Ballard gets more picks because there’s a strong likelihood that the Colts are going to end up with more talented players on their roster. However, this is a rare chance where a superstar wide receiver in his prime is made available—an anomaly to historical NFL trends, much like former Oakland Raiders superstar pass rusher Khalil Mack was last year. It’s true that each great dynasty has gotten there largely by developing their homegrown talent whether it’s the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, New England Patriots (yuck!), or New York Yankees, etc. No one is saying that Ballard should suddenly wheel and deal all of his draft picks in the coming years, all that I’m arguing here is that maybe this is that one time to make a rare exception. Bill Streicher-USA TODAY SportsThe Colts are additionally armed with the New York Jets 2nd round pick (Pick #34), meaning that the team could potentially package this year’s first or that pick with next year’s first round pick in order to make an attractive offer for Beckham—while still retaining an early draft pick in this year’s NFL Draft for “Ballard building”. There are very few players who should warrant such a heavy haul of draft picks, but Odell Beckham Jr. is arguably one of them. When healthy, he’s a Top 3 wide receiver in the NFL, and he’s still only 26 years old. The former 2014 1st round pick of the New York Giants is fresh off a season in which he caught 77 receptions for 1,052 receiving yards (13.7 ypr avg.) and 6 touchdown receptions in 12 starts—all while playing with an aged Eli Manning and a porous Giants offensive line. He’s the fastest wide receiver in the Super Bowl Era to reach 5,000 receiving yards. He’s a 2x 2nd-Team All-Pro, 3x Pro Bowler, and NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. The 6-year veteran might be the freakiest athlete in the NFL as someone who can out-run, out-jump, and simply out-acrobat opposing defensive backs. Photo by Elsa/Getty ImagesDid I also mention that in another life, he might even be a star quarterback or kicker—given his successful “moonlight” attempts in the NFL already?The Colts have struggled finding a consistent go-to wide receiver on the other side of star wideout T.Y. Hilton since franchise great Reggie Wayne last played years ago. Dontrelle Inman was a pleasant surprise last season Kemoko Turay Color Rush Jerseys #57|Colts Fan Shop , Chester Rogers has had his moments, and even Zach Pascal had some big catches last season, but the Colts could still stand to significantly upgrade. It’s nothing against that group, but they’re each ideally best suited as #3-4 wide receivers in an elite offense. Yes, franchise quarterback Andrew Luck can make any wide receiver look good—much like Peyton Manning once did when undrafted rookie Blair White caught 5 touchdown passes in the 2010 season. However, just because Luck (and Manning in the past) could, doesn’t mean the Colts front office should place them in an opportunity where they should have to. After all, the Colts are armed with $101.5M of cap space and 9 draft picks this offseason. Beckham wouldn’t be just an ordinary complement to Hilton, but a “1A” to Hilton’s “1B”, and unquestionably, the best wide receiver tandem in football—now that Antonio Brown has seemingly forced his way out of Pittsburgh. The defensive blueprint for stalling the Colts offense has been pretty standard, double cover Hilton and force other Indy receivers to consistently beat the opposing defense one-on-one. With Beckham lining up on the opposite side of Hilton, opposing defensive coordinators only have the luxury of double covering one, meaning that either Beckham or Hilton is going to see one-on-one coverage all afternoon—and as a Colts fan, that’s a matchup I’m going to take any day, every day 24/7—especially with Andrew Luck throwing the football. At only 26 years old, Beckham is young enough to fit into the Colts contending core both now and into the future—as he realistically has at least 6-7 elite seasons left. He’d also be the most talented target that Andrew Luck has ever had—and likely would ever have. With T.Y. Hilton turning 30 in November and no long-term #2 option next to him, “something has to give at wide receiver” for the Colts this offseason. Hilton still has at least two elite seasons left in him and has shown no signs of slowing down. However, can the Colts afford to wait on a young wide receiver from this year’s NFL Draft when wide receivers typically take 3 years to fully develop and Andrew Luck will be 30 himself in September?Beckham presents a rare opportunity to both contend now with and in the future.Yes, he’s a bit of a diva, but not in a polarizing, “destroy a locker room” type of way. Simply put, it’s rare when a transcendent talent like him is available these days. When a bonafide young superstar like Beckham hits the market, it’s not only splashy to strike, but simply savvy for the Colts.