Sunday, September 14th, 1:00 p.m.
Kickoff Temperature: 75 degrees, 0% chance of precipitation
Line: Redskins by 6.5
Jaguars offense vs. Redskins defense
Jags offense- 26th overall (15th passing, 28th rushing), T22nd scoring- 17 ppg.
‘Skins defense- 11th overall (13th passing, 18th rushing), T3rd scoring- 10 ppg.
Despite what the statistics say (after all it’s only been one game), the Jaguars are a run-first team and they will try to establish the ground game. Running back Toby Gerhart injured his ankle in the opener and wasn’t the same when he re-entered the game. He is expected to play on Sunday.
The Redskins defensive front of Chris Baker, Barry Cofield and Jason Hatcher is pretty mediocre at this point in their respective careers, and the Jaguars offensive line hasn’t proven itself capable of opening up holes for the running game through four preseason games and the opener.
This appears to be a true weakness versus weakness, as the Washington defense yielded over 100 yards to Arian Foster in the opener.
There will be plays to make in the passing game for the Jags and the real question will be if Chad Henne can make them. Cornerback DeAngelo Hall will take some chances and give up some big plays and veteran safety Ryan Clark is nowhere near as rangy as he once was. Opposite Hall is David Amerson, who has proven himself to be opportunistic and second-year safety Bacarri Rambo.
At this point it’s uncertain whether the Jaguars will have Cecil Shorts, but their talented trio of rookies- Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson are mostly healthy.
The biggest concern in the passing game, aside from Chad Henne’s accuracy, will be blocking Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan, two of the most talented pass rushers in the game. The Jaguars offensive line has been surprisingly solid in pass protection thus far so they should be aware of the Washington stunts.