1. National Respect
The Jaguars take on the Rams today. The winner will earn the right to be alone atop their respective division, the loser could fall back into a tie. The winner will become 4-2 through the first six weeks of football, the loser will fall back to 3-3. The winner will earn the respect of the national media, the loser will fall back to earth after an improbable start to the season.
2. Rams Offense vs Jaguars Defense
The Rams offense enters the day averaging over 30 points per game. The Jaguars defense is allowing just under 17 points per game. The Rams second year QB Jared Goff has improved greatly in year two and has a plethora of weapons including Todd Gurley, Cooper Kupp, Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, Gerald Evertt, Tavon Austin, and Tyler Higbee. The Jaguars defense has taken the next step under defensive coordinator Todd Wash in 2017. They have elite players on every level of the defense and lead the NFL in sacks and turnovers.
3. Leonard Fournette vs Todd Gurley
This may be the best matchup of running backs in football this week. They won't take the field at the same time, but which ever runner is able to go off in this one will likely lead his team to victory. The Rams are allowing over 130 yards per game on the ground, while the Jaguars are giving up over 150. If either defense can slow down the opposing runner, that team has an excellent chance of winning. The Jaguars want to limit Blake Bortles every week, while any team facing the Jaguars vaunted secondary will look to avoid facing clear passing situations. This game should feature a heavy dose of running the ball.
4. The Jaguars need a win at home
The Jaguars haven't won a true home game since December 24th, 2016. The Duval faithful haven't seen a win at the Bank in nearly 10 months. It's time. The Jaguars have done quite a bit this season. They've beaten the Steelers in Pittsburgh, beaten the Ravens in London, and taken down division rival Houston in hostile territory. But they haven't won at home. This is the Jaguars chance to make a statement that no-one in Duval can refute. This is their chance to truly earn the respect and admiration of the people of Jacksonville. It's also a change to take a more commanding lead in their division.
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