Our game preview this week looks at the Jacksonville Jaguars matchup against the San Francisco 49ers
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It was Jones-Drew's lowest total in a game in which he's had 25 or more carries.
Sunday in San Francisco, getting the running game untracked could be a big challenge.
Jones-Drew will take on a San Francisco defense that is ranked sixth against the rush and 30th against the pass. The 49ers are also the No. 1 team at getting teams in second-and-long situations.
"It's going to be a tough test this week," Jones-Drew said.
Mike Tice, the Jaguars' assistant head coach/tight ends, said they didn't win enough individual battles against Buffalo.
"In the running game, you have to have a high, high percentage of your guys win their individual battles to run the ball well," he said. "If you don't, it kind of looks like it did last week."
A native of Antioch, Calif., near San Francisco, Jones-Drew will play his first NFL game at "home" Sunday against the 49ers.
"I'm definitely excited," he said. "It's where I was raised, (so) a lot of family members, friends, coaches -- people that have made me who I am today -- will be there. It will be a very emotional time, but at the same time we have a tough game we have to win so that's what matters."
This will be Jones-Drew's first visit to his hometown stadium since halftime of a 2002 playoff game, when he was honored with the rest of his De La Salle High School teammates who helped string together a 151-game winning streak.
Jones-Drew, though, said the private Catholic school stressed academics more than football.
"If you didn't have the grades, you weren't going to play," Jones-Drew said. "Plain and simple."
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