Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Denver Broncos
Sunday, October 12, 2008, 4:15 p.m.
Invesco Field, Denver, CO
Records: Jacksonville 2-3, Denver 4-1
Series history: Tied at 3 (regular season). Teams split two playoff meetings.
Last season: Jacksonville won 23-14.
Five most important things for the Jaguars:
1. Run the ball. This team has had offensive success when it’s been able to run the ball and with Champ Bailey and Dre Bly at the corners, you don’t want to be too pass happy.
2. Take some shots deep. We’re not sure if the Jaguars are hiding their quarterback or if the receivers can’t get open deep, but the team has not attempted many deep passes yet this season, and they’re shrinking their own field.
3. Pressure Cutler. Jay Cutler has been great this season and if he has time in the pocket, both he and Brandon Marshall will shred any defense.
4. Win special teams. The Jaguars have an advantage on the ground on offense, Denver’s offense can score against anyone. Special teams may decide this one. Podlesh needs to pin the Broncos deep, Scobee needs to make his kicks, and someone needs a big return.
5. Play with urgency. The season isn’t over if the Jaguars lose, but they certainly don’t want to be 2-4 entering their bye week. A win could springboard this team to some success, especially considering they have the softest part of their schedule coming up.
What to look for:
1. Look for Maurice Jones-Drew to score, and get over 125 yards from scrimmage. The Jaguars dynamic runner has been underutilized and this is a perfect week to get him some more touches.
2. Look for a big game from Brandon Marshall. This may be the best wide receiver in the entire league, and even if the Jags line Rashean Mathis across from him, it’s a mismatch.
3. Look for time of possession to determine the winner. The Jaguars successfully “choked Denver out” last season as they dominated the ball and the clock. Look for Jacksonville to try and employ a similar strategy.
4. Look for Derrick Harvey’s first sack. The Denver offensive line has been playing very well, but we believe this is the game that Harvey breaks through.
5. Look for Matt Jones to lead the team in receiving. Jones is a great matchup as he’s significantly taller than either of the Broncos corners.