Despite the fact that the Jacksonville Jaguars suffered another loss this past week, there are reasons why the Jags fans can be hopeful towards the remainder of the schedule.
This team is clearly not going anywhere the rest of the year. While their main target right now is to get a pick as high as possible in the upcoming draft, there’s one player that has been producing in recent weeks as many expected at the start of the season.
That player is none other than star RB Maurice Jones-Drew, someone who was supposed to lead the offense from day one but has only been able to produce in recent weeks.
Jones-Drew showed his ability to be a threat even with limited yardage against the Arizona Cardinals. Even though he only had 23 rushing yards, Jones-Drew found a way to get into the end zone. It’s his second straight game scoring and the third one in his last five outings.
The Jaguars will have a favorable matchup against the Houston Texans, a team that is nowhere near last year’s standards. Despite the fact that the Texans’ defense remains fairly reliable they surrendered 150 yards and a TD to Oakland Raiders’ Rashad Jennings last week. Jones-Drew is a better player than Jennings so he should be able to top that mark with ease if he’s given enough chances.
For that to happen, however, the Jaguars need to be in contention until the latter stages of the game. If they go down early Chad Henne will probably look to gain yards through the air, and Jones-Drew isn’t exactly a threat in the passing game. The lack of offensive weapons, however, should mean that the Jags are going to turn to MJD more often than not in the early stages of the game so he can carry the offense.
If he gets enough touches he could be the force that leads the Jags to their second win of the season.