The Oakland Raiders are coming of a very disappointing game (as far as the score resulting in a loss) against the Atlanta Falcons. The Raiders will face the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday. These two teams are struggling so far this season and can’t afford to lose any more games in the first half of the year. The Jaguars are coming off of their bye week and look to try and get the offense off and running for the first time this season.
The Raiders (1-4) played a lot better last week than they have for most of the season, but they are having a difficult time scoring. They have been having difficulty running the ball all season, and their defense is not doing any better. They fell sort of a win against the Falcons last week, which was one of the few games where both sides of the ball contributed a solid effort, but lacked clutch moments at the end.
The Jaguars (1-4) are arguably the worst team in the NFL right now. They are currently last in passing yards per game, and have one of the worst rushing defenses in the league. They should be coming out fresh off of their bye week, except they will be playing without key wide receiver Laurent Robinson and outside linebacker Daryl Smith. The Jaguars have not been great on either side of the ball, so they need to come in with the strongest game plan that they can have.
The x-factor for the Raiders will be Darren McFadden running against one of the worst rushing defenses in the league, if he does not get at least 80 yards or 4 yards per carry, the Raiders should hit the panic button on their running game.
The x-factor of this game for the Jaguars will be Blaine Gabbert surprisingly, not Maurice Jones-Drew. The Raider’s defensive line will be good enough to contain Jones-Drew, but if Gabbert can pick apart the struggling secondary, they can put points on the board.
The Jaguars are a bad team, maybe the worst, so the Raiders are the favorites to win. The big question is, if things go bad early for the Raiders, how bad will it get?
The Raiders need to score early and not give up costly turnovers, but due to the fact that the Jaguars are coming off a bye week, they should be prepared for this game. Which means Mike Mularky may come in with a stronger game plan than Dennis Allen.
This game could go either way.
Prediction: Jaguars win in a close one, beating the Raiders 26-24.