The Jaguars will play their second straight home game this week, as they take on the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons are a team that started off the season as world beaters, winning their first five games, but since then have gone just 1-6. While The Falcons are in the middle of a major collapse, they still present a tough test for a Jaguars’ team that is scratching and clawing to stay in the AFC South Division Race. This will be the last home game of the regular season for the Jaguars and a game that they simply must win to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The Falcons’ offense hasn't shown much life lately, but they still present a major threat. Matt Ryan is an above average quarterback who has one of the most dangerous weapons in the NFL, Julio Jones. Couple that dynamic duo with the ultra shifty Davonta Freeman and they have the talent to put up points on anyone. While the Falcons have struggled as a whole lately, going just 1-6 in their past 7 games, they will present a challenge to a Jaguars’ defense that has struggled mightily in several games this year.
It appears that the Jaguars man in the middle, Paul Posluszny, will be returning to the lineup this week. Even though backup linebacker, Jordan Tripp, played very well last week, “The Poz” will be a welcome return as he helps this team immensely in run defense.
This is a game the Jaguars should win — a game they need to win. If this team really has turned the corner after a 51-16 thrashing of the Colts, then they will show it against a Falcons team that might be playing the worst football in the NFL right now.
Bold Prediction: The Jaguars secondary, featuring Davon House, will hold up against Julio Jones and Co., while the linebackers will tee off on Davonta Freeman. The Jaguars play their most complete game of the season. The offense moves the ball consistently and finds ways to score in the red zone, aka Allen Robinson and Julius Thomas.
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