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Jacksonville Jaguars V. Minnesota Vikings Week 1 Preview: 3 Key Matchups to Watch

September 5th, 2012 at 10:13 PM
By Michael Hall

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3. WR Justin Blackmon v. CB Antoine Winfield

Justin Blackmon can hit the ground running with a good outing against Minnesota. If he could continue to draw the attention of the defense, Laurent Robinson could benefit greatly from it.

2. DE Andre Branch v. LT Matt Kalil

We all know how disruptive Jeremy Mincey can be, but what about the rookie? If Branch could prove to be effective against the 4th overall draft pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder is going to have a uncomfortable day in the pocket on Sunday.

1. LT Eugene Monroe v. DE Jared Allen 

The most important matchup to watch will be between Eugene Monroe and 2011 sack leader, Jared Allen. The results of this matchup will be the greatest determining factor of the offense's success. If Allen is kicking Monroe's backside up and down the field, the Jaguars offense will be reminiscent of last year, creating a wave of panic in the Jacksonville, Florida. If Monroe manages to keep Allen at bay, the Jacksonville offense should hum on all cylinders and the Jags should win comfortably. 

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Tags: Andre Branch, Eugene Monroe, Football, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jared Allen, Jeremy Mincey, Justin Blackmon, Laurent Robinson, NFL

2 Responses to “Jacksonville Jaguars V. Minnesota Vikings Week 1 Preview: 3 Key Matchups to Watch”

  1.  Michael Rath says:


    I’m Mike Rath from Vikings101, who in your opinion is the better quarterback right now? Ponder or Gabbert?

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