Whether the Jacksonville Jaguars top their Vegas-designated season win total of five games could very well depend on whether star running back Maurice Jones-Drew misses the opening four games with suspension.
Picking up only four wins out of 16 tries is tough to lean on in a league driven by as much parity as the NFL — especially with the potential turnaround effect of a new head coach — and this becomes a much more difficult proposition if one of the league’s elite running backs of the past decade is on the field. Chris Wesseling summed up the latest on the charges, or lack thereof thus far, and NFL Network’s reporting on the Jones-Drew controversy surrounding a security guard being allegedly struck unconscious.
“Jones-Drew’s attorney, Hank Coxe, tells NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport that he expects to know by early next week if the Jaguars star will be charged, Jones-Drew is cooperating with the investigation and is scheduled to meet with police soon, likely Friday,” wrote Wesseling. “The original police report alleges that Jones-Drew knocked out the security guard with a blow to the cheek. The running back’s agent, Adisa Bakari, told Rapoport on Tuesday that Jones-Drew departed the Conch House bar and restaurant immediately after the scuffle began and was not involved in any physical altercation.”
The Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders face Jacksonville to open the season; a pretty decent opportunity to pick up one or two. While the Jags’ +2500 division odds and 250-to-1 Super Bowl odds are untouchable, the over on the season win total becomes more intriguing with Jones-Drew around for the first four.
Disclaimer: This article is meant only to stimulate discussion about the 2013 NFL season, not provide any sort of advice.