Jacksonville Jaguars fans will get a treat this weekend. The kick-off against the Miami Dolphins will be 9:30 am EDT. How many times can you catch the Jaguars while enjoying breakfast or at your favorite Sunday brunch spot?
The Jaguars have a chance to win in London. Jacksonville has been making the travel across the pond for the NFL’s International series of games. Covid canceled the games last season in London.
Each team is looking for that edge to get a win to end their current losing streak. Miami defeated New England in week 1 but has found a way to lose in the last four games. Losing their starting quarterback has not helped.
Jacksonville is desperately looking for a way to end the state of misery they find themselves in. Currently, they have lost 20 consecutive regular-season games. Perhaps a change of scenery might do them good for a change.
The Keys to victory First, the Jaguars defensive line must win the battle in the trenches. Pro Football Focus has the Miami offensive line as the worst-ranked (32nd) in the NFL. According to PFF.com:
“Miami’s offensive line has been a nightmare, regardless of the quarterback behind center. Tua Tagovailoa was at least doing a respectable job of hiding some of the problems, but Jacoby Brissett’s style of play only magnifies the issues. Seven different linemen have now played more than 100 snaps as the Dolphins have begun to shuffle the line in the hopes of stumbling on a winning combination. Only the Lions have surrendered more than the 79 total pressures Miami’s line has given up, and the group also ranks dead last in PFF pass-blocking grade.”
Second, James Robinson has to get the ball early and often. Robinson has been a bright spot for the Jaguars offense. Most of all, he needs to be on the field in every red-zone opportunity.
Robinson has carried the ball 67 times for 387 yards with four touchdowns in 2021. He has caught 14 passes for 88 yards. Good things happen when Robinson touches the football.
Third, Jacksonville had better find a kicker. Whether it’s Josh Lambo or Matthew Wright, the Jaguars must be able to make a field goal. The game might come down to being able to kick the winning field goal in the final seconds of the game.
Jacksonville is the only NFL team in 2021 to have not to kick a field goal. They have missed badly on all four kicks. Also, the Jaguars have made 75% of the extra points through five games.
Jacksonville rides the Robinson express to a 20-17 victory. Be sure to catch the current JJC podcast where Andre Moultry accurately discusses the Jaguars situation in each podcast episode.
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