Sunday, November 9th, 1:00 p.m.
Wembley Stadium, London, England
Kickoff temperature: 50 degrees, 10% chance of precipitation
Line: Cowboys by 7.5
The Jaguars take their act to their home across the pond as they taken on the Dallas Cowboys. Both teams come in losers of two straight and the Cowboys will have the services of quarterback Tony Romo, who missed last week’s game with Arizona.
Stats: Jaguars offense- 30th Overall (27th passing, 21st rushing); 32nd scoring- 15.7 ppg.
Jaguars defense- 27th overall (25th passing, 24th rushing); 30th scoring- 27.9 ppg.
Cowboys offense- 7th overall (17th passing, 1st rushing); 10th scoring- 25.6 ppg.
Cowboys defense- 13th overall (16th passing, 17th rushing); 9th scoring- 21.7 ppg.
Keys To A Jaguars Victory
Win the turnover battle. The Cowboys, even with their multitude of injuries have superior talent and are a superior team to the Jaguars. Therefore, if the Jaguars are going to beat a team that seems poised for the playoffs they will have to force some turnovers and not make any themselves.
Limit big plays Dallas has two legitimate deep threats in Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams, not to mention the league’s leading rusher in DeMarco Murray. The Jaguars need to force the Cowboys to go down the field methodically, as they can’t counter quick-strike for quick-strike.
Light ‘em up. Tony Romo is playing with an injured back and the Cowboys’ offensive line has struggled mightily with the blitz the last two weeks. Jacksonville needs to make Romo as sore as possible, even if it means some well-timed blitzes.
Stop Murray. The Cowboys will try to impose their will against the Jaguars defensive front by running DeMarco Murray. This would allow them to control the clock as well as keep Tony Romo out of harms way. The Jaguars need to load the box and do what nobody has really done this year, stop Murray.
Convert third downs. The Jaguars have struggled on third down in recent weeks and Blake Bortles seems to be hitting a rookie wall. The Jaguars and Bortles need to be much more efficient on Sunday and play some keep away.
What We’ll Be Saying On Monday
Romo had time. It’s been stressed all week that the Cowboys need to do a better job of protecting Tony Romo. They will make that their primary concern on Sunday.
The Jaguars held Murray under 100 yards. It’s only happened one time this season and it’s about to happen twice. Jacksonville will do whatever they have to to shut down DeMarco Murray.
The Allen’s will lead the charge. The Jaguars talented pair of rookie receivers, Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns are quickly becoming Blake Bortles primary targets. They will once again lead the team in receiving.
Jason Witten scored. The Jaguars linebackers will be going forward for much of the afternoon which will leave them open to play-action and run-action. Jason Witten is still getting the job done and he will have a big game.
Get some rest. The Jaguars are playing against another tough opponent and this week has the makings of an ugly game, as there are several matchups that the Cowboys can take advantage of.