Oct 26, 2014; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) escapes a tackle by Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Ziggy Hood (92) at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports
2. Force pressure on Ryan Tannehill
This is the achilles heel of the Jacksonville Jaguars defense and it showed last week. When the Jaguars defensive line was unable to bring down Cam Newton he was able to make plays through the air or with his feet.
Ryan Tannehill is nowhere near as big as Cam Newton but he does have the ability to make plays with his feet and extend plays. Going back to last year’s matchup against the Dolphins the Jaguars were able to get three sacks including two from pass rusher Ryan Davis. This has to be a huge emphasis for the Jaguars defense, the more you are able to rush passer the less time the defensive backs are required to cover the wide receivers.
The anchor of the Jaguars defensive line, Sen’derrick Marks has also returned to practice so this is a good sign for the Jaguars but it is still unknown when he will return. Former Miami Dolphins defensive lineman and current Jaguar Jared Odrick will face his former team for the first time. He gives the Jaguars defensive line somewhat of an advantage considering he has practiced against the Dolphins offense for the majority of his career. The Jaguars must be able to force pressure on Ryan Tannehill or he could have an easy day through the air and the Jaguars will suffer their second loss of the season.
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