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Three Keys to Victory: 1. Stop LeGarrette Blount. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have not done much right this season, but don't blame Blount. He is one of the league's least appreciated backs, and sometimes it seems even his own team doesn't appreciate his talents. He has averaged more than five yards per carry in five of his ten games this season, and in his last five games, he has been over five yards per carry three times; in the other two games, he has had just 10 and 11 attempts respectively. Blount averages 4.4 YPC on the season, a number which - based on the trends - would be much higher if only he had more attempts. He is the rare back who's average goes up the more carries he gets; he also produced the best run of the season thus far, a 54-yard [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , ,
Five Jacksonville Jaguars to watch in Cleveland in Week 11. Jeremy Mincey: Last season in Cleveland, Mincey recorded two sacks and beat Joe Thomas for both of them. He has been the best player on the defensive line for the Jaguars all season, and his numerous pressures are beginning to translate into sacks, as he leads the team with 4.5. There is little doubt that Thomas will be gearing to redress his performance from a year ago, and Mincey will likely need to be at the top of his game to make a similar impact - or any impact at all. Thomas is far from the most physically dominating lineman in the league, but he is still very powerful and an excellent technician, and is solidly in the top-3 at his position in the league. Mincey brings an excellent motor and explosion [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , ,
Three Keys to Victory:   1. Play inspired defense. We now know that the Jacksonville Jaguars' defense is capable of winning games for the team; the offense has yet to show this capacity. Against a Ravens' team that was averaging almost 30 points, the defense willed the team to victory with perhaps the most dominant performance in the team's history. This week, Jacksonville will face the explosive Houston Texans, who feature two excellent tailbacks in Arian Foster and reserve player Ben Tate as well as the league's seventh most productive passer in Matt Schaub. While the Ravens score points, the Texans feature more star power on the offensive side of the ball and even without star receiver Andre Johnson they are exceptionally dangerous. They [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , ,
Three Keys to Victory: 1. Contain Ray Rice: Rice is the most dynamic back the Jaguars have faced thus far, and they have had difficulties with speedy backs, especially on the corners. Rice is the Ravens’ most valuable offensive player, and he can threaten a defense inside, outside, or as a receiver. Jacksonville lacks the speed on defense to match-up with Rice in man coverage, so keeping him in check will be a team effort. Mel Tucker may opt to use either Dawan Landry or Dwight Lowery to spy Rice on passing downs, but in less obvious situations the Jacksonville linebackers must be disciplined and aware in order to keep Rice from sneaking free on short patterns. Look for the Ravens to work Ed Dickson and Anquan Bolden on intermediate routes and [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , ,
Three Keys to Victory: 1.  Win the game up front. The Jaguars lost to the Saints in part because they could not control the line of scrimmage. The Saints pounded out 177 yards on the ground, and the normally stout defensive line experienced its first tail-kicking of the young season. The Bengals will try and replicate New Orleans’ success on the ground, and the Jaguars will lose this game if they do. The picture was better on offense than on defense, but in spite of some big-play success in the running game, the team failed to sustain it and lost the time of possession battle by nearly a full quarter. This team is not built to win that way. Eugene Monroe should return to the starting lineup this week, and [...] Continue reading → | , , , , ,
Three Key Points: 1. Protection: The Jaguars’ offensive line will be tested throughout this game; New York dials up a variety of blitzes from their 3-4 and nickel alignments, and the Jacksonville linemen will need to play cohesively in order to mitigate pressure on quarterback Luke McCown. The team has two major question marks on the offensive line entering this game in LG Will Rackley and RT Eben Britton. Rackley, who has shown good mobility, tenacity, and awareness for a rookie, has struggled mightily with power and inside moves, and he will be facing extremely powerful NT Sione Pouha and big, active ends in Muhammad Wilkerson, Mike Devito, and key reserve Ropati Pitoitua. Britton will replace Guy Whimper at right tackle, and any [...] Continue reading → | , ,
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