The Jacksonville Jaguars come off their bye week on a five-game winning streak and welcome a San Francisco 49ers team who entered the bye week on a three-game losing skid. The Jags look to continue their momentum and climb up the AFC standings while the 49ers look to get back on track with several players returning from injury.
How the Jaguars offense matches up against the 49ers defense
The 49ers defense, surprisingly, has been underwhelming so far. Most notably, the Jaguars offensive line, with Walker Little set to return, will face their toughest test yet.
The Jaguars passing attack continues to run through the wide receivers and the 49ers cornerbacks have struggled so far this season. If the offensive line can give Trevor Lawrence time, there is space to exploit this secondary, especially on deep passes.
Travis Etienne and the rushing game will have opportunities, especially against Arik Armstead. Coming off the bye week, it will be interesting to see if Tank Bigsby continues to get second-string work at running back or if the Jaguars look to work D’Ernest Johnson into the backfield rotation more.
How the Jaguars defense matches up against the 49ers offense
While the 49ers offense has struggled the last few weeks and Brock Purdy has looked subpar, the return of wide receiver Deebo Samuel allows the Kyle Shanahan offense to flow.
All eyes will be on left tackle Trent Williams’ injury status who returned to practice in limited fashion on Thursday. If he cannot go, Josh Allen and Roy Robertson-Harris will look to cause havoc on the right side of the defensive line.
The 49ers run an above-average rate of 21 personnel (two running backs, one tight end, and two wide receivers). However, the Jaguars’ defense has been stout against 21 personnel, largely countering with base defense, so they should have the edge on this one.
Keep an eye out for the statistical recap next week and Go Jags!