2. The offensive line must do their job
The Jaguars' offensive line has gotten lots of flak this season and rightfully so. Whether it's giving Trevor Lawrence enough time to throw or opening holes for Travis Etienne to run, the unit has been underwhelming. Injuries have played a role in the offensive line's less-than-stellar play and general manager Trent Baalke also deserves criticism for not bolstering the group in the offseason.
Having said that, the Jaguars will have to wait until next yard to make upgrades up front. They'll need to work with what they have, which isn't ideal ideal, to tell the truth. Center Luke Fortner has made minimal progress in Year 2, while right guard Brandon Scherff isn't playing like the Pro Bowler he's paid to be.
Working in the Jaguars' favor is that rookie Anton Harrison has progressively gotten better, and Walker Little and Ezra Cleveland should be healthier than they were a couple of weeks ago. Jacksonville should then try to establish the run early on, and not abandon it in the second half like they did against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 15.
Also, Jacksonville must do a good job of giving Lawrence (or C.J. Beathard if he starts) a bit of time to throw. Lawrence's ability to get rid of the ball fast has helped mask the struggles up front. However, the lack of protection has prevented the offense from routinely dialing long passes because they don't have enough time for routes to develop.
That has to change in Week 16 if the Jaguars want to have a shot at winning.