The Jacksonville Jaguars are once again getting national attention but not for good reasons. Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reported tension is boiling in Duval, and earlier this week Jason La Canfora of CBS Sport described head coach Urban Meyer’s tenure with the Jags as a “disaster”.
Optimally, the Jaguars wouldn’t have to be dealing with this kind of situations and would be getting ready to take on the Tennesse Titans in Week 14. Nevertheless, that’s the hand they were given and they will have to tune out the noise and focus on getting their third win of the 2021 season.
The Jaguars are coming off a four-game losing streak, so pulling off an upset against Tennesse doesn’t seem likely. However, they can do it if they follow these three keys.
1. The Jaguars must stop the Titans’ running game in Week 14.
When the Jaguars played the Titans in Week 5, their defense allowed running back Derrick Henry to run the ball 29 times for 130 yards and three touchdowns. The good news is Henry won’t play in Week 14. The bad news is Tennessee will be filling the void with D’onta Foreman and Dontrell Hilliard. The duo had a combined 240 yards on 31 carries against the New England Patriots in Week 14.
If Hilliard and Foreman can repeat their performance, Jacksonville will be in trouble. Over the last four weeks, they have given up 575 rushing yards. The Jags can’t afford the Titans to go over 100 yards rushing. In their first eight games this season, they only allowed more than 100 twice. They need to revert back to that version of themselves.