Sunday, September 14th, 1:00 p.m.
Kickoff Temperature: 75 degrees, 0% chance of precipitation
Line: Redskins by 6.5
The Jaguars and a large contingent of traveling fans will look to try and even their record at 1-1 as they take on the Washington Redskins. The Jaguars again are a sizeable underdog but this week’s NFC East opponent was a last place team a season ago, not the NFC East champs. We’re going to look at the keys to a Jaguars victory and what we’ll likely be saying on Monday.
Keys To A Jaguars Victory
1. Don’t give up the big play. Washington has some big play receivers in DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and company and they can strike fear into a defensive coordinators heart. If the Jaguars defense can keep everything in front of them there’s many more opportunities for Redskins mistakes and they made plenty last week.
2. Establish the run. The Jaguars couldn’t get their running game going last Sunday and they’re going to need to do a better job as Chad Henne proved that he can’t carry a team to victory for four quarters. He needs help and the offensive line and running backs have to provide that help.
3. Confuse RG3. The Washington quarterback looked pretty uncomfortable last week against Houston in his first real game in Jay Gruden’s offense. The Jaguars defense need to give him plenty of different looks to keep the Redskins quarterback guessing.
4. Be better on 3rd down. The Jaguars were an atrocious 2-14 on 3rd down last week and it was simply a matter of time before being on the field was going to catch up to the defense. They need to be more effective on 3rd down and that includes catching all the balls that don’t one-hop to the receivers from Chad Henne.
5. Win the turnover battle. Jacksonville won the turnover battle last week and it kept them in the game against a more talented team. If they win the turnover battle this week they might just get an upset victory.
What We’ll Be Saying On Monday
1. What an ugly game. Ugly is good for the Jaguars. They don’t have the horses to get into a shootout.
2. Alfred Morris was shut down. After giving up big plays in the running game last week, Gus Bradley is going to make run defense a focus.
3. Chad Henne was more consistent. Henne was bad for three quarters last week. He will improve upon that.
4. Marcedes Lewis stepped up. The Jaguars tight end could be the primary target on Sunday.
5. The Jaguars beat the spread. After the way Washington looked last Sunday, nearly a touchdown is too much for them to give against any NFL team.