Jacksonville Jaguars vs Broncos: 5 questions from the enemy camp

Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick (81) celebrates his touchdown (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)
Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick (81) celebrates his touchdown (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick #81 (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Jacksonville Jaguars had better watch out for Tim Patrick.

4. Which Bronco should get more attention from the national media but doesn’t?

Wide receiver Tim Patrick. It’s easy to forget a player who may not receive as many targets due to a crowded wide receiver group. However, Patrick played extensively during the 2020 season because of Courtland Sutton’s season-ending injury.

The Utah product caught four passes for 39 yards and a touchdown against the Giants. Last season, he appeared in 15 games and caught 51 passes for 742 yards and six touchdowns. He has made some pretty phenomenal catches in his career, and a big part of that is his ability to use his 6-foot-4, 212-pound frame to out-jump defensive backs.

With solid quarterback play, Patrick could outplay last year’s stat totals and should help the Denver Broncos win more than their total from last year — five.

5. Here comes the most important question, what’s your prediction for the game?

It would not surprise me if the Bronco’s passing game struggles with Myles Jack and Josh Allen chasing after Teddy Bridgewater. Denver’s pass protection needs to be at its best but could have some problems if right guard Graham Glasgow (rapid heartbeat) is out. If that’s the case, second-year player Netane Muti would get the start.

I do think that with this being Patrick Surtain’s first game, he may struggle a little bit if quarterback Trevor Lawrence plays well. Passing the ball 50 times like he did in Week 1 probably won’t be a recipe for success for Jacksonville.

If the Broncos are going to win, they will have to win the time of possession and capitalize in the red zone. I think that they’ll be able to record an interception or two and multiple sacks. If the Jaguars rebound from the 160 yards on the ground they gave up to the Texans, it’ll be a long day for the Broncos.

The Broncos went 3-for-3 on fourth down conversions versus New York. If they have the chance to do that again, they should. I think that the Jaguars will come away with more passing yards than the Broncos but Denver wins the rushing category and time of possession. It still may come down to the wire and end up 31-23.

In case you missed it, here are five more questions the B&T staff discussed with Graham Tiedtke ahead of Week 2.

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