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Jacksonville Jaguars V. Atlanta Falcons Preview: 5 Keys to Victory

December 14th, 2011 at 9:36 AM
By Michael Hall

Here are 5 Keys to Victory as the Jacksonville Jaguars seek to maintain momentum in primetime as they face the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome.

5. Protect Blaine Gabbert

 It''s simple, keep Blaine off of the ground and he can make plays for you, If Ray Edwards and John Abraham are in his face all day, he won't be as effective, so just protect him.

4. Feed Maurice Jones-Drew 

No big surprise here. When you put the ball in his hands, good things happen. The standard 25-30 touches should be enough to open up the defense.

3. Get Marcedes Lewis Involved

If you can get him involved, you can open up the defense like an oyster shell. He draws in the safeties  and allows for Maurice Jones-Drew to do his damage by catching the ball out of the backfield. This is especially useful on goal line situations, where safeties are so preoccupied with defending against the 6'6 tight end, they aren't able to mess with MJD coming out of the backfield. By the time they do usually notice, it's too late. After all, everyone knows how hard it is to tackle him in the open field. 

2. Stop the Run

If you stop the play-action, you stop the Falcons offense. In the 4 games that Michael Turner has eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark this year, the Falcons are 3-1.That means not giving up the big runs that have been prevalent for the past 3 or 4 games. If they don't find a way to stop the bleeding, this game could get ugly.  

1. Pressure Matt Ryan

Jeremy Mincey needs to have a big day against Sam Baker if the Jags want to have a good chance at winning this game. Pressure busts pipes and if Ryan gets knocked on his backside on every other pass play, he's going to think twice about working the deep ball. And that makes the secondary's job much easier.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Blaine Gabbert, Football, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jeremy Mincey, John Abraham, Marcedes Lewis, Matt Ryan, Maurice-Jones Drew, Michael Turner, NFL, Ray edwards, Sam Baker

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