Here are 5 keys to victory as the Jackjsonville Jaguars face off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at Everbank Field.
5. Keep Blaine Gabbert off of the Turf
The Jags did a pretty good job of doing this in the first half against the San Diego Chargers, but like Blaine's play, it deteriorated in the second half. Guy Whimper needs to step up and I don't mean in his pass catching skills.
4. Stop LeGarrette Blount
Blount is a bruiser kind of back and you shouldn't let him get on a roll. He is already tough to tackle, but if he gets on a roll against this depleted defense, it could be a disaster, just like in the Chargers game. Don't go for the big hit, just wrap him up.
3. Feed Maurice Jones-Drew
Mojo has a legitimate shot at the rushing title, so give him the ball. He needs at least 27 touches in this game. The Bucs are 29th in the league against the run. Exploit them mercilessly
2. Pressure the QB
No big surprise here. Keep Josh Johnson or Josh Freeman moving out of the pocket and make them get rid of the ball early.We can't keep this current model and win games. The Jags haven't had a sack in two games.That is unacceptable. Force some errant throws and get off of the field on third downs.
1. Keep the Momentum Going in your Favor
You're at home. Get a few first downs and touchdowns and the crowd will be on your side. It happened in the Monday Ngiht game against the Chargers and it can certainly happen aginst the Bucs. Do whatever you can to keep the momentum going in that stadium, because that is what what wins games and that is what sells tickets. Don't make the crowd start leaving at halftime again.
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