Jaguars and Falcons. Falcons and Jaguars. The two teams do battle tonight on Thursday Night Football. The Jaguars (4-9) are coming off a stylish blowout of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while the Falcons (8-5) are coming off of an impressive come-from-behind victory against the Panthers.
So what should Jaguars fans expect this week? Mainly a resilient squad that will refuse to quit. The passing game has progressed in the last two contests, and we all know Maurice Jones-Drew brings to the table.
My concern is the secondary. The injuries continued to pile up over the short week (1379 players on the injured reserve list to be almost exact) and the Falcons’ Matt Ryan is going to take a few shots downfield with his above average receiving corps. Oh, and don’t forget that their running game is pretty, pretty…pretty good.
As I close, I have to mention the job that Mel Tucker has done with this unit. They trailed 14-0 against Tampa Bay early in the game. But they didn’t lost their composure. The team always seemed to know it would win. 3 quarters and 41 points later, the team was laughing (thank you Russell Allen for that wonderful, Looney Tunes-esque kickoff), having fun and winning.
The changes that Mel Tucker has made with the roster and coaching staff coupled with the new buzz from having a new owner, have the Jaguars poised for future success.
But as for this game, it should be close. The deciding factor will once again be Gabbert’s ability to handle pressure and stay composed inside of the pocket. If he does this effectively and Maurice Jones-Drew gets going, I think the Jaguars will sneak out a victory.