Jaguars vs Houston Preview

Last game of the season.  It is tough to know that there will be no teal & black on the field until Mini-camps and OTAs begin.  At that time, there could be a big difference in Jacksonville.  But today, we are still talking about now. One more time Jacksonville heads into Houston having won their […]

December 2014 by Chris Austin

Jaguars vs Texans Preview

He is here.  The best player in the NFL, in my opinion…and many others, will be hanging out in Everbank Field for about three and a half hours today. That is right, Blake Bortles will be making his 8th start today against the Houston Texans at 1:00 PM EST. Oh, and J.J. Watt is expected […]

December 2014 by Chris Austin

Jaguars vs Giants Preview

Let me first apologize.  As a fan, I absolutely love this team and do understand my responsibility to write for this page.  With that being said, I was not happy with the results of the Colts game and did not want to write anything ridiculous.  Here is my quick recap of the game: ”  Jags […]

November 2014 by Chris Austin

Jaguars vs. Bengals Preview

The Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7) visit the Cincinnati Bengals (4-2-1) at Paul Brown Stadium at 1:00 PM EST. Jaguars are coming of a 27-13 loss against the Miami Dolphins in which rookie quarterback Blake Bortles threw two pick 6s which turned into the difference in the game.  Running back Denard Robinson had his 2nd 100 yard […]

November 2014 by Chris Austin

Jaguars vs. Titans Preview

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans Week 6 — Sunday, October 12th, will have the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5) against the Tennessee Titans (1-4).   The game is being played at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee and will be televised on CBS at 1:00 PM EST Setting the Stage (old school) 1999 was the best year in Jaguars franchise history finishing with a record of […]

October 2014 by Chris Austin

Jaguars vs. Steelers Preview

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Week 5 — Sunday, October 5th, will have the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4) against the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2).   The game is being played at Everbank Field in Jacksonville, Florida and will be televised on CBS at 1:00 PM EST Jaguar woes The Jaguars are going into this game having lost it’s last 7 games in a row dating back […]

October 2014 by Chris Austin

Jaguars vs. Chargers Preview

Jacksonville Jaguars at San Diego Chargers Week 4 — Sunday, September 28th, will have the Jacksonville Jaguars(0-3) against the San Diego Chargers (2-1).   The game is being played at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California and will be televised on CBS at 4:05 PM EST Setting the Stage The Jaguars will be facing the Chargers for the 7th time in team history with […]

September 2014 by Chris Austin

Jaguars vs Colts Preview

Indianapolis Colts vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars Week 3 — This Sunday, September 21st, will be the home opener for the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2) against their division rival the Indianapolis Colts (0-2).   The game is being played at Everbank Field in Jacksonville Florida and will be televised on CBS at 1:00 PM EST Setting the […]

September 2014 by Chris Austin

5 things I want to see on Sunday

I can’t wait for Sunday.  The home opener and the ability to actually sit in section 146 in one of those uncomfortable teal seats in Everbank Field.  Don’t get me wrong…I love those teal seats. It will be the third game of the year but, as most Jaguar fans are feeling, I certainly hope there […]

September 2014 by Chris Austin

Momentum is the key to the Jaguars winning in week 2

As a fan, week one against the Eagles started out as the highest of highs and ended at the lowest of lows.  No one in the league, no one in the country and probably only 10 people in Jacksonville expected the Jaguars to start off the way they did.  With 14:14 left in the 2nd Quarter, the Jaguars were up 17-0 and the home crowd in Philadelphia was serenading the team with a magical chorus of boos.  Ahhh, that sound was great!  And then it was gone.

Just over three minutes later, Scobee missed a 50 yard field goal just wide left and after a huge end zone interception by Allen Ball, the Jags marched down the field only to have a 36 yard field goal blocked.  That was one of two key plays that really changed the momentum of the game.  With that second missed field goal, the score stayed 17-0 at halftime.

The play that truly changed the momentum of the game is the now infamous 4th & 1 play with 11:46 left in the 3rd quarter.  After an 8 yard pass to Darren Sproles leaving it at 4th & 1, Nick Foles raced the Eagles up to the line of scrimmage.  The Jaguars were noticeably running around confused and obviously not ready.  You could make two choices here — (1) call timeout and set the play up or (2) get to the line quickly.  Jaguars chose the second option and on the snap of the ball, the red seas parted and Sproles went up the middle for a 49 yard touchdown.  From that point on, the game was in the hands of the hometown Eagles and it looked like the Jaguars had no chance.  Eagles win 34-17.

When the Jaguars roll into Fedex Field this Sunday, it will be the second home opener they will experience in as many weeks.  The fanfare will be crazy and the home crowd is going to be charged up….just like in Philadelphia.  The idea of momentum can start as soon as you walk out of those tunnels during team introductions.  Teams and players prepare in different ways and, with the upbeat personality of Coach Gus Bradley, the Jags should be coming out of that locker room pumped and prepared.

Robert Griffin III (RG3) can be the king of momentum.  No matter what the national critics say, the Redskins live and die by what he does while he is on the field.  He can turn a broken play into a 50 yard scamper thus allowing the crowd into the game.  He has the arm to throw it deep to his new weapon DeSean Jackson and any big plays give them the momentum.

The Jaguars need to avoid allowing the big play.  They need to have another first half like they did in the Eagles game.  Jump on the Redskins early and take them out of the their game plan and take the crowd out.  This time, they need to do it for four quarters.  That has been the common theme in this weeks press conferences — 60 minute football and you need to do it for 4 quarters.

Momentum swings at the drop of a hat.  Let’s keep the momentum on our side this week and the Jags should come home 1-1 to their third home opener, OUR home opener.

 


 

GAME NOTES

This will be the 6th meeting between the Jaguars and Redskins and the Jags have a record of 1-4 in that time.  The last meeting was in 2010 and was a 20-17 Redskins win in Jacksonville.  The Jaguars last, and only, win against Washington came in 2002.

Washington may not have the services of Tight End Jordan Reed (Doubtful — hamstring) and Nose Tackle Barry Cofield (short term injured reserve — ankle).  Also, Brandon Meriweather is serving his 2 game suspension and will not be on the field.

Jacksonville will be without Austin Pasztor (hand).  Jonathan Cyprien (concussion) is doubtful and we will see this weekend what is going on with Cecil Shorts III (hamstring).

Coming back to the state of Florida — A number of Redskins on the 53-man roster played college ball in the state of Florida:  Jordan Reed (Florida), Alfred Morris (Florida Atlantic) and Santana Moss (Miami)


WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN

  1. Jaguars Defense containing RG3 — To be successful in this game, they can not let him use his legs.
  2. Henne being consistent — The first half of the Eagle game was awesome.  Let’s see if he can do it this week and live by his new creed of “huck ’em and chuck ’em”
  3. Jaguars running game vs. Redskins front 7 — Jaguars finished last weeks game with 64 yards on 25 carries.  Washington gave up 115 yards on 35 carries.  Gerhart and Co. need to find the same holes the Texans found last week and they need to find them early and often
  4. Jags defensive back field — Cyprien is probably not available and Gratz suffered an injury in practice this week.  This young group needs to step up and keep the Redskins from making those big plays.
  5. MOMENTUM — Start fast and start strong.  Start out the way you did last week and keep your “foot on the pedal!”  Take the crowd out of the game early and keep them out.