Would a sweep of the Tennessee Titans on Sunday help the Jaguars gain momentum toward a playoff run?
Six games and counting for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Following a 20-7 win in Week 3 of the NFL season against the Tennessee Titans, it appears the Jaguars found the secret formula to stopping a potent running game. Over the course of the last two weeks, we’ve seen a defense that looked more like Swiss cheese then a cohesive unit.
It’s not just the defense that concerns me when facing their AFC South arrival. It’s how the offense will play, knowing that the running game has been non-existent and the passing game is still in the “adjustment” phase.
If Jacksonville is going to win on Sunday on the road, these three players must step up.
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Calais Campbell – It was a bit of a surprise that Calais Campbell showed up on the Jaguars injury list this week with a back injury. He has since been removed and will play this weekend.
Campbell had three sacks in the first game against the Titans but will play more inside this week to aid the run defense. While his presence as a pass rusher is important to the success of the defense, his ability to help stop the run and Derrick Henry is more of a need.
Following the three-sack performance in week three on Thursday night, Campbell has only had 2.5 sacks sense.
If the Jaguars are committed to getting Josh Allen more involved with more snaps in this game, Campbell could become a fixture at defensive tackle for the remainder of the season and remain there while the rookie continues to dominate on the outside.
Chris Conley – While he has shown flashes of his speed and ability on the field this season, the Jaguars are going to need more from Chris Conley in this game and beyond.
At 6’3”, with elusive speed, I have expected more from him although he has still remained a pleasant surprise as a free-agent signing this off-season. Because of chemistry he had with Foles during training camp, many Local sportswriters believed this was going to be the “go-to” pass–catch combination for the team this season. We know that because of the injury at quarterback that didn’t materialize and DJ Chark has benefited from it.
The Jaguars need Chark and Conley to have a huge game this week.
Myles Jack – I’m part of the bandwagon that believes Myles Jack is playing out of position for the Jaguars. He’s a natural outside linebacker who has moved inside out of necessity. At times he has looked really strong but in most cases, he’s looked out of place. Todd Wash told the media this week that Miles will remain the Mike linebacker for this unit.
Whether that remains the same next year isn’t known, where linebacker could be a position addressed in free agency or the NFL draft.
With the issues Jacksonville has had stopping the run lately, and with the bruising style that Henry brings when he touches the football, it’s going to be incumbent for Jack and the linebackers to have the best game of the season.