1. The Jaguars O-Line must protect whoever plays QB vs. the Titans
The offensive line has been a bright spot for the Jaguars this season. The unit has allowed a reasonable 23 sacks and has generally given Trevor Lawrence enough time to throw the ball but it has been without its faults.
Just last week, left tackle Cam Robinson blew a block that led to Lawrence’s foot injury and the group as a whole has had a few off performances. Against the Titans, they will need to bring their A-game or else run running the risk of getting dominated at the line of scrimmage.
Even without outside linebacker Harold Landry, who is out for the year, Tennessee’s defensive front has been able to consistently apply pressure up front this season. Led by Denico Autry, the Titans have registered 33 sacks in 2022. Both players can get after the quarterback and are equally adept at stopping the run, so even if Tennessee is short-handed in Week 14, they could still give the Jaguars’ offensive line fits.
Autry, who leads the team with seven sacks, didn’t suit up against Philadelphia due to a knee injury but even if he doesn’t play in Week 14, defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons and Rashad Weaver can pick up the slack.
Lawrence’s status for the game is still up in the air. Doug Pederson told the media Wednesday that the quarterback is day-to-day, so the Jaguars might need to summon backup C.J. Beathard off the bench. But regardless of who ends up lining up behind center, the offensive line must provide optimal protection.