Fournette Finds the End Zone
Running back Leonard Fournette continues to be the cornerstone of the Jaguars offense. He is on pace for over 300 carries, 1,400 yards and 70 receptions, all career highs. Fournette is having a remarkable bounce back year and should receive consideration for the Comeback Player of the Year accolade.
Despite the impressive statistics, Fournette has only reached the endzone once.
This is a problem. Even last year with an abysmal offense, bad attitude, and injured hamstring he found pay dirt six times. This year’s ineptitude near the goal line can be the fault of many things, including his lack of vision and questionable play calling.
Bold Prediction: Fournette Scores Six Touchdowns
However, with the return of quarterback Nick Foles leading the offense, Fournette can get back on track. Look for him to punch it in the end zone at least six times in the last seven games. And the Jaguars need him to do so, either as a runner or receiver.
With Foles as the quarterback down the stretch, his accuracy and ability to spread the ball over the field will have to keep defenses honest. Therefore, less defenders in the box, which should allow some running lanes for Fournette. The offensive line will generate more push at the line of scrimmage and attack the second level. Then it is up to Fournette to run angry and rediscover his nose for the goal, to put points on the scoreboard.
Despite a flourishing passing game for the Jaguars this season, wide receiver Dede Westbrook (32 receptions for 383 yards) has been non-existent.
Although he entered the season with the label of number one receiver, Westbrook has almost become an afterthought as a playmaker. But there is hope for a turnaround for Westbrook with Foles as a quarterback.
During the offseason, the pair built a publicized relationship and appeared to be clicking on the field. The injury to Foles was a setback for the entire team, season, and Westbrook. But he’s back and so will Westbrook.
Foles will make quick decisions and get the ball into Westbrook’s hands in space for him to utilize his elusiveness.
Bold Prediction: Westbrook Notches Four 100+ Yards Games
There are few defenders that can match Westbrook’s wiggle in the open field, especially the final seven games.
Look for Westbrook to find some running room and holes in the defense. With upcoming games against Tennessee, Tampa Bay, Oakland, and Atlanta each with poor pass defenses, Westbrook will have four 100 yard receiving games.
Jaguars Need a Winning Streak
Although one might say this is not a bold statement, history paints a different story. The Jaguars visit the Colts and Titans out of. The Jaguars are 1-2 in their last three visits to Indianapolis, including a horrific first half a year ago.
Bold Prediction: Jaguars Win Next Two Games
Face it, Sunday in Indianapolis is a must win if the Jaguars wish to play meaningful games after Thanksgiving. Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton will not be on the field and quarterback Jacoby Brissett is not at full strength.
Now it is up to them to capitalize.
Nashville, Tennessee has been a thorn in the side for the Jaguars throughout their 25 year history. They have not walked away from Music City victorious since 2013. That changes two Sundays from now.
The Jaguars will be sitting at .500 and will be mentally and physically ready for the matchup with the Titans. Tennessee made a change at quarterback that certainly favors the Jaguars, as the elusive Marcus Mariota will be holding a clipboard.
Look for the Jaguars to jump out early, similar to the week three showdown. Tennessee’s defense is nursing several injuries that Foles and the offensive unit are sure to exploit. It is never easy to walk out of Nashville with a win, but the Jaguars will do so. And head home with back to back victories over divisional foes to host a short home stand.