Here are five storylines Jaguars fans should follow during the game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
The Jacksonville Jaguars head to Mile High Stadium to take on the Denver Broncos after an impressive win on Thursday Night Football against the Tennessee Titans. Fans of the Black and Teal should watch out for these storylines throughout the match.
Sacksonville is Back? Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell claimed that ‘Sacksonville’ was back after the defense recorded nine sacks against the Titans, with Campbell contributing to three of them.
This week, the unit takes on an offensive line that has given up the eighth-most sacks (11) thus far in the NFL. Denver is also expected to be without starting right tackle Ja’wuan James, who is nursing a knee injury.
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Minshew Mania Continues – There truly is hope in Jacksonville despite quarterback Nick Foles being on the sideline. Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew II has excelled thus far in his small sampling size with the team.
Throwing for 204 yards and two touchdowns last week, Minshew will look to replicate this performance and earn his first road win.
Minshew looks to be establishing a consistent relationship with second-year wide receiver DJ Chark, who leads the team in receiving with 277 yards and touchdowns with three.
Look for Minshew to continue giving chances to Chark, who has stepped us as the Jaguars’ big-play artist.
Leonard Fournette Breakout Game – Thursday Night Football looked like another grim game for running back Leonard Fournette until he burst for a 69-yard run in the fourth quarter. Despite this, Fournette admits he’s frustrated with the Jaguars’ run game so far.
"“It’s very frustrating,” Fournette told reporters following the game. “I want to help the team as much as you can. I’m a running back first. I don’t mind pass blocking and those things but I’m a running back first, so it’s very frustrating at times.”"
This week could be the week Fournette exercises his demons, against a Broncos defense that allows 109.3 rushing yards per game, and so far has allowed five touchdowns to league running backs, which is the most in the league.
Protecting Uncle Rico – How much you wanna bet Gardner Minshew can throw a football over them Rocky Mountains? After a splendid visit from Uncle Rico himself, Minshew will need a safe pocket to ensure a Jaguars victory.
It’s been a slow start for the Broncos defensive ends Von Miller and Bradley Chubb — who have not recorded a sack, but their impact will surely be felt.
Offensive linemen Jawaan Taylor, Cam Robinson, and Will Richardson will have the pleasure of matching up against the talented pass rushers. If they can keep the pocket clean, the legend of Minshew will only grow.
Cross Country Road Win – While Denver isn’t necessarily the West Coast, Jacksonville finds trouble winning games on that side of the country.
A win against a reeling Broncos team could uplift the team even more and potentially sway cornerback Jalen Ramsey’s mind on whether he wants a trade. Despite being on the road, Jacksonville has no reason to lose this game.