The San Francisco 49ers will have the easy task of taking on the winless Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 8. Some believe the fact that the game will be played in London gives the Jaguars an advantage because of travel. Let’s be honest, that will not be a factor. However, what could be a major factor is Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew.
The 49ers, who have been known in recent years to have a stifling run defense, have actually struggled a bit in that area this season. In fact, San Francisco ranks 18th in the NFL as they have surrendered 106.7 yards per game on the ground.
It is true the Jaguars are dead last in the league with a dismal 63 rushing yards per contest. With that being said, Jones-Drew is certainly capable of taking over a game, especially if Jacksonville comes to their senses and gives him a decent amount of carries. The Jaguars have only given him at least 20 attempts in a game once this season, which allowed him a season-high 71 yards on the ground. Unfortunately, his average amount of carries per contest in 2013 has been 14.7, which is absolutely pathetic.
The 49ers have to expect the Jaguars are going to open up the run game at some point this season, and what better time to do it than on foreign soil. San Francisco must be aware of Jones-Drew at all times and be prepared to shut him down if they want to take home their fifth straight victory.