Arizona Vs Jacksonville Preview
By Avi Ithier
Brilliant minds in football will tell you that to win games, one must have a balanced attack in all three aspects of the game: offense, defense and special teams. The Jaguars are slowly improving in all aspects even though their record does not show this fact.
After winning their first game on the road against Tennessee, the Jags are looking to win their first game at home since November 25, 2012, and build up on what they have accomplished in just one week.
Their test is against the Arizona Cardinals, who have won their last two games and are in the rear view mirror of a wildcard game and playoff appearance.
The Jaguars must be consistent on offense and mix up the ground game and air attacks. Chad Henne will get the start after a less than memorable win last week. Henne went 14 for 23 with no TD's and 2 INT's.
He will have to be quick with his decisions and accurate with his passes.
Along with the air attacks, the Jaguars must balance it out with a steady ground attack led by veteran Maurice Jones-drew.
Maurice, who had limited reps in practice due to a sprained knee, will play and will need to have a breakout game that mimics the Maurice of old. Against Tennessee, MJD had 41 yards in 21 attempts on the ground and one TD.
On the defensive side of the ball, some improvements have been made in one weeks’ time. The Jaguars limited the missed tackles and have a better understanding of their defensive plans and assignments.
In the past two games the Cardinals have found their own offensive balance with Andre Ellington, who has 388 rushing yards and Larry Fitzgerald with 493 yards.
The Jaguars’ secondary will have to contain Fitzgerald who can be dangerous in one-on-one situations while pressuring Carson Palmer.
Needless to say this will be an entertaining game and on paper, the Arizona Cardinals will be favor to win. However, don’t underestimate the Jaguars who are looking for that first home victory this season.