Raiders vs. Jaguars Game Analysis

This weekend the Oakland Raiders face the Jacksonville Jaguars at the O.co coliseum. The Raider should look to take full advantage as both teams have an underwhelming 1-4 record. However, the difference between the two teams is that the Jacksonville Jaguars currently rank dead last in points per game, yards per game, and passing yards per game. This means as a team, they are generating little to no offense. The Raiders are coming off a disappointing last minute loss against the undefeated Atlanta Falcons. They showed improvement in all around performance, especially there pass defense, however they will need to continue to build on that foundation, and execute that same competitive behavior in order to pull out a victory. Oakland showed their best commitment to running the ball last week, so I would expect to see more of the same in this game. Jacksonvillecurrently ranks 30th with their rushing defense, allowing a league average of 163.0 yards per game.

Look forOaklandto give Darren McFadden 20-25 touches this Sunday. Much likeJacksonville,Oakland’s offense is at its best when they are able to get their workhorse established.Oaklandis not a pass first team; however, I will expect them to take their shots down the filed, shouldJacksonvillehappen to play man coverage on defense.  Especially ifOaklandcan establish McFadden, which would requireJacksonvilleto commit their safeties to stopping the run. Carson Palmer, who played a great game last week until he threw a costly interception, will need to take what the defense gives him. Don’t try and force the ball into tight passing lanes and avoid game killing interception at all cost.

This will be another big game for Oakland’s run defense. Although, Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew has only rushed for over 100 yards once this season, he’s bound to have a break out game sooner or later, which could easily come against the Oakland Raiders defense which currently ranks 18th, allowing 111.8 yards per game. Maurice Jones-Drew is pretty muchJacksonville’s entire offense. If the Raiders can holdJacksonville to under 100 yards rushing, I would look for them to come out with a convincing win.

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