In 2015, the Jacksonville Jaguars made Brian Hoyer look like an All-Pro quarterback. Now they get revenge in 2016.
Brian Hoyer was exposed in the playoffs as being a sub-standard quarterback. But before he got there, he beat the Jacksonville Jaguars soundly in the regular season.
In fact he looked like an All-Pro QB, going 24 of 36 for 393 yards and three touchdowns in their first meeting and 25 for 40 for 249 yards and a touchdown and an interception in the second. All told, the Jags let Hoyer accumulate over 600 yards in offense and go 4:1 in touchdowns to interceptions in two games.
Hopefully they’ve managed to put that past behind them.
Now featuring the seventh best passing defense in the NFL, the Jags have a chance to get revenge. As noted by Michael DiRocco at ESPN, the Jags will be tested by stopping Alshon Jeffrey and Hoyer from hooking up.
This will be a great game to measure how the defense has progressed in the last year.
Hoyer has been even better with the Chicago Bears than he was with the Houston Texans. He has six touchdowns to zero interceptions, is completing a career (and league) high of 71.4 percent of his passes, and he’s averaging 273 yards per game (40 more than the season before).
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That’s a big step forward for the journeyman starter and the Jags will have to show that their growth is for real if they hope to match him.
So far the Jags have managed to make Aaron Rodgers look like an average QB and also turned Joe Flacco and Andrew Luck look less than the elite quarterbacks they’re often thought to be.
Hoyer isn’t in the same league as those other QBs.
If the Jags can get after him and keep the yards after the catch low, Hoyer should be rattled enough to simply fall apart. It’s worked against the better QBs and the this Jags defense seems able to do it.
Keep your eye on Hoyer to see if he can take advantage of the Jags D again or not. If he can, then this may finally spell doom for head coach Gus Bradley and his “Seattle South” defense.