Are the Jaguars Peaking?

After rushing for nearly 400 yards over the past two weeks it would seem as if the Jaguars have regained their identity as a power running team. Jacksonville has moved all the way up to number two in the league in rushing, averaging 146.8 yards rushing per game. Is it the team coming of age or is it the competition they've faced?



As poor of a start to the season as Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has appeared to have, the fifth-year star from UCLA currently ranks sixth in the NFL in rushing, as he's gained 406 yards. Jones-Drew may get some touches taken away as Rashad Jennings and Deji Karim have responded well in their limited duties and with MJD being nicked up, the Jaguars may limit him.

"We have three guys that can go," Jones-Drew, who finished with 84 yards on 19 carries in the team's 36-26 victory over Buffalo, explained." Obviously Rashad (Jennings) is a bigger back that's stronger and he can catch out of the backfield as well. Deji (Karim) is quick, he has a different pace than myself and Rashad and that's going to give a lot of people trouble."

There's one question that begs to be asked.

Are the Jaguars really coming together as a rushing offense or are they just beating up on the guys who can't stop the run at any cost? The Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills rank 30th and 32nd in the league respectively in rush defense.

"I thought we got whipped physically on both sides of the line of scrimmage in the second half," Bills head coach Chan Gailey said after his team gave up 216 yards on the ground and were not able to force a single Jacksonville punt.

We should find out what Jacksonville is made of this week as they'll be forced to "man up" against a talented Tennessee Titans defense.

"Each week is going to get better," Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis who caught a pair of touchdowns said confidently. "We played pretty good on offense but there is so much that we can correct. I'm interested to go back, watch the film, get ready for Tennessee, change those things and get ready to attack for another week. That's our mentality. It's to attack on offense. When we needed to score and drive that ball, we did."

Jeff Fisher's group loves to take away what his opponents do best, and he and the Titans defense will likely force the Jaguars to beat them through the air on Monday night.


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