Jacksonville Jaguars: 3 matchups that will decide the game vs Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (1) and RB ​Chase Edmonds (2)
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Jacksonville Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence (16) and OLB Von Miller (58) (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) /

2. The Jacksonville Jaguars’ offense needs to score early and often.

The Jaguars’ offense has shown flashes in the first two weeks of the season. It’s time they get it together. In the season opener, holding and illegal formation penalties held back the unit. They cleaned up the mistakes and were more disciplined the following week. On the other hand, they still have plenty of work left to do.

The Jaguars’ coaching staff needs to get running back James Robinson more involved in the offense. The Illinois State product got 16 carries in Week 2 after racking up just five against the Houston Texans in Week 1. The Jags’ don’t need to become a ground-and-pound kind of offense. They just need to become more efficient in early downs. As Gus Logue of Jaguar Report pointed out, Jacksonville has struggled to create positive yardage in first and second downs. Also, their conversion rate in third downs must go up.

Everyone needs to do a better job. The coaching staff needs to call the right game, quarterback Trevor Lawrence needs to make better decisions, and the wide receivers must do be open. The Jaguars showed against the Broncos they can play some pretty good football. The first drive of the game, which ended with a 25-yard touchdown reception to wide receiver Marvin Jones, was an example of what they can do when everyone is on the same wavelength. They now need to do it for a whole game.

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