2. The Jacksonville Jaguars’ defense must force a couple of turnovers.
This may sound like football 101 but the Jaguars will have to dominate the line of scrimmage in Week 3. Their offensive line has to keep quarterback Trevor Lawrence upright but their front seven also has to consistently pressure Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, which may prove to be a challenge. In the last two games, Arizona has given up just three sacks and 13 pressures.
The Jags have had no trouble rushing the passer in the previous two weeks but Murray will be a whole different deal. The 2019 first overall pick has outstanding pocket awareness and possesses top-notch mobility, which in turn makes it very difficult to bring him down. Nevertheless, Jacksonville’s defense front must contain the third-year quarterback, and help the cornerbacks hold their coverage a bit longer.
Also, the Jaguars’ defense needs to help the offense by forcing a couple of turnovers. Last week, they made several stops and forced the Broncos to punt the ball. This time, they must turn it up a notch and snag an interception or force a fumble. The Cards can score at will, so Jacksonville will need to get as many possessions as possible to try to keep up with them. Murray has thrown three interceptions this year. The Jags’ will have a shot if they can force him into throwing his fourth.