The Jacksonville Jaguars head to Chicago this weekend to take on the Bears in yet another must-win game to try and keep playoff hopes alive.
The Jacksonville Jaguars finally won a game two weeks ago when they bested the Indianapolis Colts in London, but they lost ground last Sunday when they went on a bye. The Colts and Titans both won to pull ahead and leave the Jaguars in last place of the AFC South.
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In order to keep pace, the Jaguars have to do something they haven’t show they can do – beat a less talented team on the road.
We wanted to get some intel on our opponent so we reached out to Mike Burzawa over at Bear Goggles On.. Here’s what he had to say:
1. Jay Cutler has been one of the more polarizing quarterbacks in recent history. Is all the talk about the team being better with Brian Hoyer more narrative than truth?
"I would just suggest you check the defensive rankings on the two teams that Cutler faced and compare to the three teams that Hoyer faced. The Texans and Eagles have formidable defenses compared to the Cowboys, Lions and Colts. Furthermore, the Bears have started to get some production from their running game, something that was totally lacking in their first two games. Dowell Loggains is still finding his groove as a play caller. The playcalling in the first two games was abysmal, with a lack of balance between running and passing. Knowing Cutler would be dropping back to pass made it easier to pressure him in the first couple of weeks. The offensive line, which had no time together in the preseason, is starting to come together. The addition of Josh Sitton has helped the interior of the offensive line, but he’s needed time to acclimate to his new linemates. You can’t argue with the stats that Brian Hoyer put up in the last couple of weeks, but the results are still the same as Cutler’s – a 1-3 record as the starter. Who cares how many yards of offense they put up with Hoyer or Cutler, they just need to start posting some more W’s."
A little bit of a non-answer from Mike but I understand what he’s saying. Neither Hoyer nor Cutler are the answer in Chicago at the end of the day, so whoever can drag this team to a few wins this year is going to get their number called. Cutler is definitely the more talented passer, but Hoyer actually worries me more since he carved up the Jaguars last year with the Houston Texans. Hopefully things are different this year.
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