Week 8: Jacksonville Jaguars At Green Bay Packers
- QuarterbackThe Jaguars were in disarray at the quarterback position before their Week Seven game at Oakland. However, things got worse as starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert injured his shoulder in the game and had to come out in favor of backup Chad Henne. Neither quarterback is competent at this point and the Jaguars can’t hope to compete against Green Bay without a decent quarterback.Aaron Rodgers is rounding into form after a slow start. He has shown the ability to deliver the football on the money in the last two weeks against Houston and St. Louis, and he should be on target back in front of his home fans. Few quarterbacks can throw with Rodgers’ accuracy. He is especially effective when he is running away from pressure and off balance.
- OffenseThe Jaguars have a couple of decent weapons, but they suffered in their Week Seven overtime loss to the Raiders when they lost Maurice Jones-Drew to a foot injury. If he can’t go in this game, the Jaguars will struggle to find a running game. Wide receiver Cecil Shorts is capable of making a big play.The running game is a figment of the Packers’ imagination. With Cedric Benson injured, they look to Alex Green to carry the ball, but he is coming off a 35-yard effort against the Rams. The Packers may have the best group of receivers in the league. Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and James Jones are getting the job done since Greg Jennings has been out of action.
- DefenseThe Jaguars defense is decent, but that’s not going to get the job done when the offense can’t carry its end. The best player on the Jaguars defense is linebacker Paul Posluszny who is almost always in the right position and is a solid tackler. Cornerback Derek Cox had six tackles and an interception against the Raiders.The Packers have one of the best defensive players in the league in Clay Matthews. He requires double-team blocking much of the time and that opens things up for the rest of the defense. Outside linebacker Erik Walden took advantage of the situation with nine tackles and a sack against the Rams. A.J. Hawk has excellent range and had five stops against the Rams.
- Special TeamsThe Jaguars get decent play from their special teams, but they don’t get anything out of the ordinary. Placekicker Josh Scobee was 3-of-3 on his field goal attempts against the Raiders, while Bryan Anger averaged 42.1 yards per punt.The Packers have showed some creativity on special teams this year and may continue to do so. Punter Tim Masthay will throw the ball out of the punt formation and while he does not have a huge leg, he excels at placing the ball inside the 20.
The Packers have found their rhythm after a disconcerting start and this could be a chance to win in blowout fashion. The disparity at quarterback in this game is enormous and Rodgers should be able to dominate with his wide receivers. Unless the Packers turn the ball over four times or more, the Jaguars have almost no chance in this game.