The Jacksonville Jaguars have already spent a week in London. This could give them a slight advantage against the Buffalo Bills. But whether the Jags have an edge or not, head coach Doug Pederson recognizes they'll go against one of the top clubs in the NFL.
Pederson told the media Friday that Buffalo is a good team regardless of the travel. On the other hand, he says his squad had a good week of practice, so expect the Jaguars to give a good fight despite the fact that they're a five-point underdog. With that in mind, here are three storylines to keep an eye on.
3. Can the Jaguars O-Line hold down the Bills' defensive front?
The Jaguars are getting reinforcements. After serving a four-game suspension to start the 2023 season, Cam Robinson is back in the fold. Given the groups' struggles to open lanes or protect Trevor Lawrence, his return should be huge.
Robinson has not played other positions besides left tackle, so that's where he'll line up Sunday. With Robinson back in the mix, Walker Little will move to left guard, the weakest link on the offensive line.
The Jags couldn't gotten Robinson back at any better time. In Week 5, they're going to against the Bills defensive front, one of the best and deepest in the league. Even if Von Miller doesn't suit up — he's leaning toward playing — the offensive line will have their hands full. Leonard Floyd, Gregory Rousseau, Ed Oliver, DaQuan Jones, and J.J. Epenesa have all recorded at least one sack this season. Three of them (Floyd, Rousseau, and Oliver) already had three. Simply Miller would be the icing in the cake.
All things considered, this is arguably the toughest defensive front the Jaguars will face in the first half of the season. On the bright side, right tackle Anton Harrison and Brandon Scherff are coming off solid performances, so the offensive line isn't completely toothless going into the game. This will be a tough matchup for the unit but if they can give Trevor Lawrence enough time to throw, their chances of winning will go up.