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  • Jaguars vs. Colts: Week 11 matchups to watch
    by Filip Prus on November 17, 2019 at 12:37 am

    Rested, locked, and loaded. The Jacksonville Jaguars come off their bye week perhaps healthier than they’ve been all season, and the timing couldn’t be better as they reach the back half of the season where there isn’t much room for error. Here’s the matchups I’ll be paying attention to for this Sunday: QB Nick Foles vs. HC Frank Reich A little unorthodox — usually I’d pick the opposing playmaker at safety opposite the quarterback. While Malik Hooker is finally healthy for the Colts and looking to make up for some lost time this season and rookie Khari Willis may be one of the most under-the-radar players in the NFL this year, this match up ultimately is for the (former) birds. We’ve heard about all the respect and admiration that Foles and Reich have for each other, but as Foles’ former coach with the Philadelphia Eagles, Reich knows every last thing about Foles — what he likes, and what he doesn’t like, and more. Sprinkle in the rust that Foles is likely going to have to shake off against a top-10 defensive unit in the NFL and this could be a matchup that immensely favors the Colts. RB Leonard Fournette vs. LB Darius Leonard Will we start seeing some more play designs with Fournette as a pass catcher? This was a popular theme all throughout training camp before Foles’ injury and could be the prescription for remedying the Jaguars’ red zone maladies. Unfortunately for Fournette, the Colts employ a “Maniac” in the second level of their defense who has the sideline to sideline speed to shut Fournette down in man coverage and accelerate into the hole to beat Fournette before he can reach the second level. WR Dede Westbrook vs. CB Kenny Moore Similar to the Fournette-in-the-passing-game storylines throughout training camp, another storyline that was developing before Foles went down was the rapport he was building with Dede Westbrook. After missing the London game, Westbrook seems to be ready to roll this week and will be in the mix to try and create the type of production that many fantasy football analysts were projecting before the season began. If Westbrook lines up in the slot, the guy across from him will be Kenny Moore, who is one of the most underrated defensive backs in the league. Keep an eye on All-Pro Chris Conley this week as well now that he gets “his guy” back under center. OT Jawaan Taylor/OT Cam Robinson vs. DE Justin Houston People forget that Houston is only 30 years old. People also forget that Houston has at least one sack in each of the last five games for the Colts. People also forget that Houston averages 1.5 sacks per game in his career against the Jaguars. In fact, Houston is only 2.5 sacks away from eclipsing the most sacks he’s had in a season since his fabled 22.0 sack year in 2014. I guess what I’m trying to say here is that Justin Houston is a problem and although a two-week healthier Robinson and an ascending Taylor are promising bookends, I don’t feel great about the matchup this weekend. Honestly, I’ll be surprised if the Jaguars get double digit points on offense this week, Foles or not. DE Calais Campbell/DE Josh Allen vs. OT Braden Smith Much like Taylor, Smith is a promising starter who is still developing, so the matchup against Campbell’s experience and Allen’s ethereal athletic ability is one that favors the Jaguars. The problem, really, is the interior. While Taven Bryan seems to be evolving from a Magikarp to a Gyarados, he’s simply not going to get much going against the interior trio of Quenton Nelson, Ryan Kelly, and Mark Glowinski. Here’s to hoping Bryan could keep up his great production in run defense (8th highest run defending defensive lineman, according to Pro Football Focus) and leave the edges to Yannick Ngakoue, Campbell, and Allen. LB Myles Jack vs. RB Marlon Mack With all the injuries to the Colts receivers (I’ll get into that in a second), Reich is likely going to lean heavily on the run game this week to get the offense going. Mack has been one of the most efficient runners in the NFL this year, and with an interior offensive line that can generate ample push like the Colts trio, it’s going to be crucial for Jack and the WILL to be disciplined in their run fits and not get fooled by misdirection. The Jaguars’ coaches have said that Jack has had some great practices recently in regards to getting everyone organized and they have also lauded Quincy Williams, now healthy from a hamstring. Goode probably starts, but just from reading the tea leaves, the team may be open to giving Williams another shot at some point this year. CB A.J. Bouye vs. WR Zach Pascal With T.Y. Hilton, Parris Campbell, and Devin Funchess (IR, not ready to return) out for this game, the cupboard is bare for the Colts at wide receiver. Pascal may not be a household name, but he has been absolutely clutch as a breakout player for the Colts this year. Even though Pascal has been a pleasant surprise for Indianapolis, let’s not put him in the realm of Deandre Hopkins, so Bouye should be able to take care of business this week. What worries me is not the wide receivers, but the tight end group for the Colts. I expect Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle to run rampant across the middle of the field this week and I expect Todd Wash to use heavy zone concepts to try and keep those guys in check. S Ronnie Harrison vs. QB Jacoby Brissett Brissett missed last week with an MCL sprain and the team lost to the Miami Dolphins without him. Brissett may not be a top-third tier quarterback in this league, but he is much better than casual NFL fans give him credit for due to his accuracy and decision-making. Even though Brissett isn’t 100% healthy, I don’t expect his knee to affect him much this week with the quality of the five blockers ahead of him.

  • Todd Wash on run defense, linebacker play
    by Demetrius Harvey on November 15, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images Todd Wash understands the urgency for a better run defense, solid linebacker play While the Jaguars defense has played admirably thus far this season, their shortfall comes in an area which was assumed to be addressed two seasons ago. Now, with the loss of Marcell Dareus and new personnel in the secondary along with the linebacker group, Jacksonville has regressed against the run — especially in preventing explosive plays. Thus far this season the Jaguars have allowed 4.9 yards per carry which ranks 29th in the NFL. Ranking 22nd in the NFL in rushing yards per game allowed with 120.2, the Jaguars will be focused on this area throughout the final seven games of the season. Defensive coordinator Todd Wash understands the team has a long ways to go, however his focus falls on the amount of explosive plays the team has given up. “It’s going to be big,” Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash said on Thursday when asked about the importance of consistency in the run game. “In the off week, we go back and we look at things, where we’re at statistically on things, what tendencies that I’ve developed throughout the first nine games. But that was the biggest thing we came out of, is not only consistently stopping the run, which if you take nine snaps away, we’re pretty good. Well, as Monte Kiffin said, ‘If you take those away, we’re pretty good.’ Well shit, they still had nine.” Over the course of the season, the Jaguars have given up 26 explosive runs — runs of 10 or more yards — for 220 yards which ranks 21st in the NFL according to SharpFootballStats. The Jaguars have never had this many explosive runs allowed at this point in the season, Wash remarked. “We’ve always been top five in explosives [plays given up], and now we’ve given up more explosives so far this year then we ever have. So, those are the two biggest things that we have to be able to make sure that we get better at in the second half.” Communication has been one of the biggest issues for the Jaguars thus far this season. At linebacker, the Jaguars have undergone a lot of turnover this season. After being forced to start a rookie at weak side linebacker, the Jaguars have not been in the same page for much of the season. Now with a veteran linebacker in Najee Goode taking over, Wash feels the team has a chance to get more consistency out of the position group. “I think they’re solid. Obviously, [Linebackers Coach] Mark [Collins] and I talked just the other day, we have to be more consistent in the run game,” Wash said when asked about the linebacker play as a whole on Thursday. Wash, however doesn’t feel the linebackers are the only group to blame. “It’s everybody. Every one of our safeties are down in the box, our corners are down there on the nub sides, but what we see is they’re playing well versus the pass.” Against the Indianapolis Colts, the Jaguars will be faced with covering two solid tight ends in Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle. According to Wash, the strong suit of the linebacker corps has been their ability to run and cover the tight ends and running backs out of the backfield. “So, I like how we match up versus tight ends and running backs. I think as a whole, we all have to get more consistent, that’s the biggest theme that we have going into the second half of the season here, but I think they’ve been solid.” Myles Jack has been one of the most heavily scrutinized players on the Jaguars defense thus far this season, but with no longer having to cover for a rookie weak side linebacker, his play has picked up and should continue to do so. Goode has provided “stability” in the Jaguars offense, Wash says and “Myles [Jack] has done a really nice job of being our quarterback in our system.” On Sunday, the team will have their hands full with Colts running back Marlon Mack. Mack has accumulated 753 yards on 178 rushes along with three touchdowns thus far this season. With a healthy arsenal of players, the Jaguars should improve in all areas of the defense, especially against the run.

  • Jaguars vs. Colts: TV schedule, live stream, and more
    by Ryan Day on November 15, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images The Jacksonville Jaguars (4-5) are on the road to take on the Indianapolis Colts (5-4) in a must-win game to stay in the AFC South race and Wild Card playoff hunt. Nick Foles is back, the roster is (relatively) healthy, and we don’t have to guard T.Y. Hilton. Here’s everything you need to know to watch the game: Nuts and bolts Location: Lucas Oil Stadium | Indianapolis, IN Game time: Sunday, November 17 at 1:00 PM EST. TV channel: CBS (see TV coverage map here) Live stream: FuboTV Radio: 92.5FM/1010AM WJXL-FM Odds: Jaguars opened as 3-point underdogs| The over/under is set at 44.0 points — more info here. Prediction: Jaguars win 23-17 All-time records: Colts lead series 23-13. Q&A with the enemy: Read our Q&A with Stampede Blue here. Tickets: Buy tickets for Jaguars vs. Colts here! Enemy SB Nation site: Stampede Blue Twitter: @BigCatCountry Facebook: Please like us! Instagram: Follow us?

  • Jaguars vs. Colts: Week 11 TV coverage map
    by Ryan Day on November 15, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    The Jacksonville Jaguars (4-5) are traveling to play the Indianapolis Colts (5-4) in what will be Nick Foles’ re-emergence as starting quarterback for a team desperately in need of a win to stay in the playoff hunt. Kickoff will be at 1:00pm EST and the game will be broadcast on CBS throughout much of Florida and a small part of the Midwest. Look at the yellow part of the map above — that’s the game you’re looking for. It will also be live streamed on the Yahoo! Sports app in select areas. The announcing for Jacksonville's game will be handled by Andrew Catalon and James Lofton. Go Jaguars.

  • BCC Q&A: Will Foles really make us better in the red zone?
    by Ryan Day on November 15, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images Let’s answer some questions ahead of the Jacksonville Jaguars facing the Indianapolis Colts in Week 10! Jay from Rochester, NY Q: Based on what you have seen from the Jaguars this year, what direction do you think the organization goes with our first round picks next year? Jeff Okudah, Kristian Fulton, and Isaiah Simmons have to be somewhat on the radar I would think. A: I really, really like Isaiah Simmons. Packing this defense full of hybrid athletes would be fun to watch and (for the most part) it’s been successful. Josh Allen is having a hell of a rookie campaign and Myles Jack is the linebacker for the foreseeable future. So... linebacker and possibly cornerback? I would have said wide receiver a few weeks ago, but this draft is so incredibly deep at receiver that I could see us waiting until the second round to grab one. Dark horse might be an interior offensive lineman. Brian from Tampa, FL Q: What do you expect the final to be on Sunday? A: Jaguars win 23-17. Kevin from Charleston, SC Q: Would you agree that Taven Bryan is somewhat improving this season? A: There’s no “somewhat” about it. He’s definitely improving. Is he where a first round pick should be? No. But he’s still got time. Andrew from Fort Wayne, IN Q: Can you rank the offensive linemen in order of who is helping the team the most? A: From best to worst — Brandon Linder, Cam Robinson, Jawaan Taylor, Will Richardson, Andrew Norwell, and A.J. Cann. This team needs some help at guard in the worst way. Jon from Honolulu, HI Q: Should this season end without a playoff berth, the front office personnel is going to change. Does a new front office affect resigning Yannick Ngakoue? A: I think a new front office makes re-signing Ngakoue a top priority. Brian from Yulee, FL Q: Do you expect improvement in red zone efficiency under Nick Foles? Are the challenges in this area more attributable to the offensive line? A: Yes, I expect better red zone play out of the offense under Foles if for no other reason than head coach Doug Marrone literally said that. I think it played a big part in his decision to move away from Gardner Minshew. Foles is also good against the blitz and I predict we’ll have more frequent visits to the red zone too. Demetrius wrote a great piece about it earlier this week and you should give it a read but the long and short of it is that Foles will be much more accurate and has produced more points per average drive into the red zone than Minshew did. As far as the offensive line, it has to be better in the red zone. It just looks like they’re getting overpowered near the goal line. Play calling and execution aren’t helping, but the offensive line needs to stop wilting in the red zone. James from Jacksonville, FL Q: Can you stop doing Bet Your Mortgages or let someone else do it? You are absolutely God awful at it. A: I am 5-5 on Bet Your Mortgage bets through the first 10 weeks and in the green on overall bets. So... no. Esme from London, UK Q: In which positions do you believe the Jaguars have genuine Super Bowl-winning/playoff reaching talent and in which positions is this lacking? A: That’s a really great question. I’d say we have talent enough to reach the playoffs at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, defensive line, cornerback, safeties, and special teams. What’s holding this team back is injuries and inconsistent play out of the tight ends, linebackers, and offensive line. The offensive line deficiencies are hurting us the most. Arthur from Drexel Hill, PA Q: Cam Robinson will be moved to left guard in the next few seasons — true or false? A: False.

 

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