The Jaguars enter week 10 on a two game winning streak and having won three of their last four ball games. In that stretch they’ve beaten the Steelers, Colts, and most recently the Bengals.
The Jaguars boast the NFL’s best defense and are on pace to flirt with the NFL’s single season sack record, currently held by the ’84 Bears.
They also boast the NFL’s best rushing attack, despite being without their star rookie RB Leonard Fournette for their past two contests.
In week 10 the Jaguars face a team that has had their number for a decade: the Los Angeles Chargers. But these aren't the same old Jaguars.
These Jaguars have monsters all over the defensive line. They have Calais Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue and Dante Fowler, all of whom are in the top 20 league wide in sacks this season. They have two dominant defensive tackles in Marcell Dareus and Malik Jackson, and a backup that’s nearly just as good in Abry Jones.
I believe that the Jaguars are going to come out on Sunday with something to prove - after all they’re facing their former head coach Gus Bradley AND taking on their tormentor Philip Rivers. The Chargers are a dangerous team - they have a potent passing attack and a couple of monster pass rushers.
But I’m here to tell you that the Jaguars are going to have a field day.
Leonard Fournette, after resting the past three weeks, is going to be hungry. And he’s going to eat. The Chargers are one of the worst teams in football at stopping the run, allowing over 135 yards per game on the ground. The Chargers do return LB Denzel Perryman, but he'll likely take some time to get back to full strength, and the rest of the Chargers LB corp is suspect at best. Leonard Fournette is going to gain at least 175 total yards and will find the end zone in this one. The Chargers defense may be exceptional at getting to the passer, but that won’t help them against Leonard Fournette, Chris Ivory, and TJ Yeldon.
On the other side of the ball the Jaguars will stymie the Chargers passing attack. The Jaguars dominant group of defensive lineman will have a big day against a Chargers offensive line that has been battling injuries and inconsistent play in 2017. These Chargers have only given up 11 sacks this year, thanks in large part to Philip Rivers getting rid of the ball quickly. But that’s about to change. I’m predicting the Jaguars will, at the very least, get five sacks against the immobile Philip Rivers.
Agree with me? Think I’m crazy? Let us know in the comments below.
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