This weekend, the Jacksonville Jaguars have an opportunity for redemption against the Denver Broncos. Jacksonville needs to take care of business to right the ship. Trevor Lawrence could use a big game to calm the rookie nerves, going forward.
Teddy Bridgewater led the Broncos to a 27-13 victory over the New York Giants. He completed 28 of 36 passes for 264 yards with two touchdowns. Melvin Gordon rushed for 101 yards with one touchdown as the leading Broncos rusher.
Like in Houston, the Jaguars have to pressure the quarterback and sack him. Josh Allen will be looking to add to his sack total of one. If Bridgewater has time to throw, it could be another long day for the Jacksonville secondary.
Jerry Jeudy will not play on Sunday due to injuries suffered in week 1. Tight End Noah Fant will become Bridgewater’s primary target. Fant caught six passes for 62 yards against the Giants.
Look for Safety Rayshawn Jenkins to draw the assignment to cover Fant. Jenkins matches up with Fant better than Andrew Wingard. The Jaguars will need to play more man coverage than zone because of the Broncos running game.
Jacksonville will stack the box to stop Gordon. Houston ran the ball down the throat of Jacksonville. Expect this to change inside TIAA Bank Field.
The Jaguars must establish the running attack. James Robinson and Carlos Hyde barely touched the ball. This will take enormous pressure off Lawrence.
The coaching staff should game plan to complement Lawrence’s skills and the Jaguars receiving corps. Lawrence looks for the big play especially the deep throw. Most of all, he has the big arm to make those throws but defenses are faster than any he has ever faced before.
If you look at the passing charts at NFL Next Gen Stats, most of the quarterbacks in the league throw within 15 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. Lawrence needs to find the easy-open throw. This is where the Jaguars miss the elusive big tight end to catch passes.
The offensive line must control the line of scrimmage. Games are won and lost up front in the trenches. Look for the Jaguars to redeem themselves 21-17 as the Jaguars fans pack out the stadium.
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