Outside linebacker Josh Allen has had a huge impact on defense the past two games. However, he suffered a shoulder injury against the Kansas City Chiefs and is currently listed as questionable for the bout against the Houston Texans. That said, there's a chance he will suit up for the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday.
The Jags posted the final Injury Report before Sunday's game and Allen, along with defensive tackle Folorunso Fatukasi and safety Andrew Wingard, got the questionable tag. Wide receiver Zay Jones and rookie Antonio Johnson, for their part, have already been ruled out.
Allen had been limited in practice. However, head coach Doug Pederson met with the local media Friday and said Allen would be good to go if he didn't have a setback. Based on the report, it looks like the former Kentucky Wildcat will indeed play versus the Texans.
A first-round pick in 2019, Allen is the team's best pass rusher and without him, their ability to generate pressure up front would be compromised. The last two games, he registered four sacks and nine total pressures, good for third in the league. He was also responsible for the hit that forced Patrick Mahomes to throw an interception to safety Andre Cisco.
Jaguars OLB Josh Allen needs to lead the way, set the tone on defense vs. the Texans
The Jags got several things going in their favor for Sunday's matchup. The game will be at home and the Texans and dealing with several injuries of their own. Rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud is off to a promising start to his NFL career but the overall state of the Houston offense leaves much to be desired. In particular, their offensive line play hasn't been great.
That said, divisional bouts are never easy and the Jaguars must bring their A game, something they failed to do against the Chiefs, if they want to come on top. Last week, Trevor Lawrence's weren't always on point, the receivers dropped key passes in the red zone and the offensive line couldn't block. Not surprisingly, they only tallied a measly nine points.
The good news is that the loss against the Chiefs looks like an outlier and not the norm. In the opener, Lawrence showed he was the same quarterback that led the team to several wins late in the 2022 season. Similarly, wide receiver Calvin Ridley showed he can take over games. If anything, last week's game should be a reminder that they cannot take the foot off the gas pedal.
Josh Allen and the defense have done their job. Is now up to the offense to do theirs. Having Allen in the mix, the Jaguars seem like the superior team heading into Sunday. It's up to them to prove they are.