Jaguars vs. Raiders NFL Week 7 Preview

Jacksonville Jaguars Oakland Raiders Preview

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

If you look at the remaining games on the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars schedule, this Sunday’s contest with the Oakland Raiders would certainly rank as one of the most winnable.

With that being said, a lot has to go right for the Jaguars on Sunday for them to leave the west coast with their second victory of the season.

The Jaguars are not playing well on either side of the football, but their anemic offense gets a favorable matchup this weekend with a Raiders defense that has struggled tremendously this season.

The Raiders defense is surrendering nearly 300 yards per game through the air, so this should be a great opportunity for the Jaguars passing offense to finally get on track. In order for the Jaguars passing offense to be more successful, they need to find a way to get the ball to rookie wide receiver Justin Blackmon and tight end Marcedes Lewis on a more consistent basis.

However, the biggest key to success is quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Gabbert played poorly in the two weeks leading up to the Jaguars bye, and there are now serious doubts about his future as a starting quarterback in the NFL. Gabbert needs to start showing he can be an effective thrower and the Raiders defense should provide him plenty of opportunities.

The Jaguars defense also needs to play significantly better on Sunday if they want to stop Carson Palmer and the Raiders offense.

The issues with the Jaguars defense start up front and if they allow Raiders running back Darren McFadden to get on track early, he could be in line for a huge day running the football. The Jaguars currently rank towards the bottom of the league, allowing 163 yards per game on the ground.

After some optimism early in the week, it now looks unlikely that Jaguars linebacker Daryl Smith will make his long anticipated return to the field this Sunday. The Jaguars will also be without safety Dwight Lowery, and his replacement Chris Prosinski has a knack for blowing coverage assignments. Neither injury bodes well for the Jaguars defense playing much better this weekend.

In the end, I think the Raiders offense scores too many points against a struggling Jaguars defense and the Jaguars offense does not have the firepower to keep up.

Raiders 27 Jaguars 14


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