I think we will really learn a lot about the ’10 Jaguars on this upcoming Sunday. Here are my reasons why.
Will we see another hangover?
By “hangover” I mean a major performance drop after a huge victory. Sadly this is often the case in the Jack Del Rio coaching era. 2006: The Jaguars crushed the Indianapolis Colts 44-17; and then lost to the Titans the next game in a really ugly fashion. 2009: After Jacksonville stunned the Jets in the Meadowlands; they really struggled against the Bills who were after a head coach change; and played around the same level as these days (thankfully somehow the Jags managed to win that game). They played great in the highly anticipated season opener against the Broncos and then they laid a (very ugly) egg against the Chargers. And now the Jaguars are coming off one of the biggest home victory in years. The upcoming opponent does not look so frightening. Sadly everything is set for another hangover/trap game. If this team is really different and changed; they should play in a high level and beat the Bills this Sunday!
Both lines must dominate
The Bills Offensive line gave up 11 sacks so far. Both tackles are struggling although LT Demetrius Bell has more upside. Bad news for him, he will face Aaron Kampman…. The other tackle Cornell Green is garbage. Since it looks like Jeremy Mincey and maybe Austen Lane will get more playing time (=a.k.a. we are getting closer and closer of the end of the Harvey era…) here is another advantage for the visitors. I suggest we might witness a Jaguars sackfest this Sunday. Maybe the Jaguars can reach the total sacks of last year (14; they have 8 right now)….
The main thing will be most likely stopping the run. Now both guards are in their second year and both showing “sophomore slump” signs especially Andy Levitre. The only player who is standing out from this unit is center Geoff Hangartner. This will be a good test and a perfect warm-up for Tennessee for Knighton and Alualu.
On the other side I see an interesting mix. Kyle Williams maybe not an ideal NT; but last year he was dominant against the Jags. We will see a familiar face in Marcus Stroud who is coming back from an injury; and rumor has it – age is starting to find him; and he is not the same anymore. The best of the 3 is probably DE Dwan Edwards right now. Also look out for the 2 rookies NT Torell Troop and DE Alex Carrington. That unit will be a good test for the interior O-line. Veteran OLB Chris Kelsay will represent plenty of challenge for Eben Britton; and Eugene Monroe can bounce back against Reggie Torbor and Aaron Maybin. That being said; the Bills have only 4 sack so far. The O-line must give David Garrard plenty of time this Sunday.