2. The Jaguars’ defense will log a season-high 5 sacks in Week 15.
The Jaguars’ defense had a solid performance in Week 14, allowing just 20 points. While that sounds like nothing to be proud about, keep in mind that they made several stops and often gave the ball back to the offense. That they couldn’t seize the opportunity, that’s another issue but the defense was hardly at fault for the loss.
One of the things that worked the best in Week 14 was defensive coordinator Joe Cullen’s decision to send blitzes from all over the field, deploying nickel Rudy Ford and cornerback Shaquill Griffin. This resulted in four sacks and 21 pressures. It’s fair to assume the Jags will try the formula once again against the Texans., which will lead to a five-sack, 25-pressure performance.
3. The Jaguars’ cornerbacks will register two interceptions in Week 15.
Signing Shaq Griffin and drafting Tyson Campbell were two of the few good decisions Urban Meyer made this offseason. Heading into the offseason, the Jaguars should be good knowing they have two good starting cornerbacks. Griffin had a solid performance against the Titans after missing the two previous games. Campbell also has improved in the second half of the season and registered his first interception of the year (and his NFL career) against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13.
Griffin is still waiting for his first interception as a member of the Jaguars, which will come against Houston, along with Campbell’s second. The Jags’ defense ranks 29th in interceptions with five. That number will go up Sunday.