Maurice Jones-Drew hasn’t been at his best for the Jacksonville Jaguars this season.
The former elite running back, who led the league in rushing yards only a few years ago, has averaged only a mere 3.1 yards per carry this season and hasn’t been able to be a factor for an offense that desperately needs him at his best. To make matters worse, Jones-Drew has only been able to find the end zone two times this year and he’s coming off a very unsurprising performance against the San Diego Chargers where he only had nine carries for 37 yards.
Things won’t get any better for him this week against the San Francisco 49ers.
The Jaguars will travel to London to face the offense led by Colin Kaepernick and Frank Gore as one of the two teams that haven’t been able to win this season. And they could even be the only winless squad if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are able to defeat the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night. They will have their hands full defensively, and if they are looking to gain anything out of this game then MJD needs to produce to give him team a chance.
Jones-Drew will go against a defense that has only allowed 106.7 rushing yards per game (15th in the NFL), but he can have a chance if he’s able to run through them in the end zone as the 49ers have allowed seven touchdowns on the ground. For that to be effective, however, the Jaguars first need to get enough yards offensively so they will have a tough task overall putting points on the board.
Bottom line is that the Jaguars need their star running-back to be at his best if they want to be in contention late into games. Their offense relies heavily on the rushing, and the fact that he’s not producing only hurts the Jags’ chances even more.
With the Jaguars considering this game in London a home game, the don’t return to Jacksonville until Week 11 and still have three other home games. Get your Jaguars tickets here.