Jaguars vs. Broncos: Gameplan and Matchup

The game plans and matchups to watch for the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Denver Broncos

GAME PLANS:
The Jaguars figure to try to run against a Denver defense that is ranked 27th. Since their receivers aren't likely to have much success testing the Broncos cornerback tandem of Champ Bailey and Dre Bly, they'll have to run to be successful. They've had problems running the first two games as Fred Taylor has gained just 72 yards and Maurice Drew has only 63.

The Broncos, who were often conservative last year because they didn't trust quarterback Jake Plummer, have shown that they trust Jay Cutler to pass in any situation. Jacksonville has been very good against the pass this year, but against Tennessee and Atlanta. Denver will be their toughest offensive opponent to date, and they probably won't be shy about passing the ball. Denver's defense will have to be better against the run because the Jaguars will try to grind out yards with Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew.


MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
Jaguars RB Fred Taylor vs. the Broncos front seven
If the Broncos, ranked 27th in run defense, can stop Taylor and force the Jaguars to pass, they can control the game. But if Taylor can rip off some long gains, the Jaguars can set the tempo.

Broncos MLB D.J. Williams vs. Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew
Williams has played well at middle linebacker, but Jones-Drew will be a tough challenge. The Broncos are confident they won't give up many big plays in the passing game, so the biggest fear might be Jones-Drew breaking a few long runs.

Jaguars LT Khalif Barnes vs. Broncos RE Simeon Rice
Khalif has to keep Rice off David Garrard so he can get comfortable in the pocket.

Broncos LT Matt Lepsis and RT Erik Pears vs. Jaguars DEs Bobby McCray and Reggie Hayward
Both McCray and Hayward, a former Bronco, can rush the quarterback. Lepsis has looked very good at left tackle, coming off a major knee injury, and Pears has been solid since a shaky training camp.

Jaguars CB Rashean Mathis vs. Broncos WR Javon Walker
Mathis is a Pro Bowl cornerback who will get a good test from Walker.


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