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Jacksonville Jaguars V. Carolina Panthers Week 3 Preview: 5 Matchups to Watch

September 22nd, 2011 at 11:44 PM
By Michael Hall

A bit of a defensive-heavy edition this week since the Jacksonville Jaguars visit the aerial circus this week in Carolina. Let's get it started:

5. CB Derek Cox v. WR Brandon Lafell

Derek Cox should be back in the lineup after being out for the Giants game with a rib injury. Cox can't afford to lag behind, or this game could get out of hand.

4. CB Rashean Mathis v. WR Steve Smith

Steve Smith is a threat at wide receiver, so Mathis needs to be careful or else Smith could end up behind him. for a huge gain. Cam Newton does not need any sort of confidence boost to get him started early. 

3. LB Paul Posluszny v. RB D'Angelo Williams/ Johnathan Stewart

The Panthers have not been able to run the ball effectively this year, and I think they will try to get the run game started during this game. However, if they do not aestablish the running game, the Pathers will probably abandon the run by the middle of the second quarter, making the offense one-dimensional. That leads to the next matchup… 

2. DE Matt Roth v. RT Jeff Otah

Pressure busts pipes. Matt Roth has been a surprising shot in the arm to the Jaguars pass rush. He has another chance to solidify his future with the Jaguars by being prodcutive in this game. He has already  turned  heads by earning two sacks in the first two games. Keeping Cam Newton on his toes is the key to making him attempt ill-advised passes.

1. LT Eugene Monroe v. DE Charles Johnson

This is Blaine Gabbert's first career start. The best way to get him comfortable is to not only give him a stable running game and a reliable large target (in this case, it is Marcedes Lewis), but someone who will keep him off of the turf. While this is the job of all five men on the offensive line, there is nothing more important than protecting your young QB's blind side. Monroe must keep Gabbert's tush off of the turf or else it could be a long day for the Jaguars offense.

Tags: Cam Newton, Derek Cox, Eugene Monroe, Football, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jaguars, Matt Roth, NFL, Paul Posluszny, Rashean Mathis

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