What We’ve Seen from Jaguars and Possible Defensive Gameplan Against Cowboys
Opponents’ Points Per Game: 22.6
Opponents’ Passing Yards Per Game: 253.3
Opponents’ Rushing Yards Per Game: 115.4
Opponents’ Total Yards Per Game: 368.7
Opponents’ Third Down Conversion Percentage: 45.8%
Opponents’ Red Zone Conversion Percentage: 63.6%
Jaguars Defensive Strategy vs Cowboys
This Jaguars defense knows they are going to need to get pressure on Dak Prescott if they want to win this game, and with the Cowboys’ right tackle Terence Steele suddenly out for the season, look for them to test Jason Peters on the right side of that line, along with the returning Tyron Smith.
The Jags have three good pass rushers in Smoot, Allen, and Walker, who have a combined 12.5 sacks on the season. They are going to need these three to have a big game in order to protect their injury-riddled secondary.
Both starting safeties and cornerbacks are nursing injuries, while the Cowboys have added another weapon in T.Y. Hilton to an already-strong offense. Look for this Jaguars defense to try and create as much pressure in the pocket as possible to disrupt Prescott’s timing and accuracy in this game. If they are able to figure out a way to limit Prescott’s time in the pocket, they will have a good chance of winning by forcing him to make mistakes.
Cowboys Offensive Strategy vs Jaguars
Last week, the Cowboys had some really big issues getting their run game going after their impressive first drive against the Texans. The offensive line allowed the Texans’ defenders to create enough pressure that at times it limited the Cowboys’ ability to run the football up the middle. This week, the Jaguars are a much better run defense than the Texans, but are still giving up 115.4 yards per game on the ground. The Cowboys can use this threat to open up the field a bit for Prescott, and also force the Jaguars’ talented pass rushers to slow down a bit.
That will allow Prescott to then start attacking this injured secondary with CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup, Noah Brown, and the recently-signed Hilton.
The Jaguars have faced a number of good receiving groups, and they are going to be facing off against another one this week looking to rebound from a horrible showing against the Texans. I believe this Cowboys offense is going to come out and try to make a statement to the rest of the NFL that they are still to be feared.