Jacksonville Jaguars: 3 matchups to watch vs Denver Broncos

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence #16 at Caesars Superdome (Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports)
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence #16 at Caesars Superdome (Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Jacksonville Jaguars at NRG Stadium (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

Staring 0-1 isn’t a great way to start the 2021 season but do you know what’s worst? Losing games in back-to-back weeks, which is something the Jacksonville Jaguars can’t afford.

The Jaguars don’t have a single unit that would rank among the best in the league but they aren’t devoid of talent either. They have a solid trio of wide receivers, a talented running back in James Robinson. On the defensive side of the ball, outside linebacker Josh Allen is playing the did back in 2019, the year he made the Pro Bowl. Furthermore, the Jaguars’ brass should be pleased with quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who wasn’t great in his NFL debut but showed plenty of promise.

Also, the Jags will be mostly healthy in Week 2. On the other hand, the Denver Broncos will be without wide receiver Jerry Jeudy. Also, outside linebacker Bradley Chubb, who missed the season opener, is questionable with a sore ankle and may not play. Guard Graham Glasgow also popped up in the Injury/Report and is listed as doubtful.

Even if the Broncos aren’t at full strength, they will still be a tough opponent in Week 2. If the Jaguars want to win their first game of the season, they will have to win these matchups.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence vs the Broncos secondary.

Trevor Lawrence threw three touchdowns in the season debut but he also had three interceptions. While the Jaguars’ coaching staff did him no favors by having him drop back 51 times, he needs to make better decisions with the ball and avoid forcing passes.

The Broncos’ defense will disguise coverages to try to force him into making mistakes. In Week 1, Lawrence performed significantly better when the team used pre-snap motion, which help him identify the coverage he was facing. The coaching staff needs to keep using it against the Broncos.