Jaguars looking like real deal

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:28 AM ET

When the Jacksonville Jaguars won their season opener with a fluke touchdown on the final play of the game, the hunch was to dismiss it as rotten luck for the Buffalo Bills.

Six weeks later, it's starting to look like a magic omen.

At 5-2 and in first place in the AFC South, as miserable as the Bills look, the Jaguars are starting to appear to be the real deal.

A 27-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday was yet another heartstopping, final-minute victory. In fact, all five Jags wins have come late in the fourth quarter for the NFL's latest Cinderella team.

Jags quarterback Byron Leftwich isn't Donovan McNabb just yet, but he's headed in that direction, throwing for 300 yards on Sunday. And with the defence the Jags play, there shouldn't be too many games where they aren't at least hanging around at the end.

When the season is done, Sunday's result may be seen as a watershed game and not just for Jacksonville.

The Colts, who had been sailing along as a force in the AFC, suddenly have question marks to go with their 4-2 record.

That sideline tiff between quarterback Peyton Manning and receiver Reggie Wayne may not seem like much and both participants tried to shrug it off afterward.

But Manning is a high intensity player who doesn't like to be second guessed as the television cameras clearly caught. Just ask Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt.

It remains to be seen if there will be any fallout but life doesn't get any easier for the Colts this weekend.

Not only must they rebound from a tough upset loss, now the Colts proceed to Kansas City to face a Chiefs team that jump-started its season with eight rushing touchdowns in a 56-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

The Chiefs get to play host to the Colts at Arrowhead, one of the most intimidating stadiums in the league. And you know the memory of a 38-31 divisional playoff loss to the Colts last winter is fresh in their minds.

"To get momentum, you've got to win more than one game," Chiefs quarterback Trent Green said. "We have a team coming that gave us a shootout in the playoffs and we're looking forward to playing again."

LION AIN'T LYING

When asked how a team could lose 38-10 to the Green Bay Packers one week then smash the New York Giants 28-13 the next week, Detroit Lions quarterback Joey Harrington stated it as simply as possible. "Some days it's on, some days it's off."

Harrington could have taken that theory to any number of stadiums around the league this past Sunday.

The St. Louis Rams, for one, were starting to look like a force in the NFL before being undressed 31-14 by the previously winless Miami Dolphins.

The Seattle Seahawks, losers of three in a row, are suddenly a .500 team as opposed to a threat to win the NFC.

And finally, apparently the fans of the defending NFC champion Carolina Panthers are still waiting for an "on" week.

QUESTION PERIOD

How does a team, Buffalo, hold its opponent, Baltimore, to 160 yards of total offence and still lose by two touchdowns? Looks like woeful just got worse ... What's the deal with Falcons quarterback Michael Vick? Just seven receptions to Atlanta players on Sunday and two to Chiefs defenders. Vick has just four touchdown passes to six interceptions so far this season ... How can the Colts be considered contenders with a defence that continues to surrender big numbers and big plays? When the defence allows the opposition offence to stay on the field, it doesn't matter how good Manning is ... Who do the Bills pull the plug on first -- quarterback Drew Bledsoe or running back Travis Henry?


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