The Jacksonville Jaguars are looking to bounce back from their Week 1 defeat to the Houston Texans and avoid starting the season on a losing streak. For that to happen, the Jags will have to play significantly better in Week 2. It won’t be easy when you take into account that they welcoming the Denver Broncos, who beat the New York Giants in the season opener. Heading into the game, the Jags are a 6.0-point underdog.
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater looked like the real deal, throwing for two touchdown passes and no interceptions. Also, outside linebacker Von Miller was his dominant self in his return to the field after missing the 2020 season with a tendon injury. In order to understand the Jags’ Week 2 foe better, the B&T staff reached out to Predominantly Orange contributor Graham Tiedtke for some insight.
Here are the five questions B&T asked Mr. Tiedtke about Sunday’s game.
1. Will quarterback Teddy Bridgewater once again have an efficient game or was his performance last week a fluke?
PO: Teddy Bridgewater showed multiple skills against the New York Giants that could play a factor against the Jaguars. Despite the severe knee injury he suffered during practice back in 2016, he was able to show off a little bit of his athleticism.
There were a couple of inaccurate throws down the field that he wishes he had back. I anticipate this game to come down to a lot of running, but also sprinkling in a mix of play-action passes to tight end Noah Fant or the speedy K.J. Hamler, who could see more targets with Jerry Jeudy inactive (ankle).
It is absolutely possible that Jacksonville’s defense shuts Bridgewater down, with the emergence of linebacker Myles Jack and defensive end Josh Allen. All in all, I would not call Week 1’s performance by the 2014 first-round pick a fluke.
Bridgewater and former second-round pick Drew Lock competed until the very last minute to determine the starting quarterback of the Broncos. That should not go unnoticed. It was a great, healthy competition that made both guys better—at this point, more importantly, Bridgewater.