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Dating back to their trip to London, the Jacksonville Jaguars are 2-2 and can make that figure a winning record if they can win Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. And while they are underdogs by 6.5-points, another thing going in their favor is that they’ve won all their games as a home team when looking at the aforementioned four-game stretch.
If the Jags earn a win on Sunday, it won’t come easy despite the Niners’ record of 4-5. The group will be coming off an impressive performance that was watched nationally Monday as they shut down a Los Angeles Rams team that many feels will represent the NFC in the Super Bowl by a score of 31-10.
When looking at the talent on their roster, one could see why the Niners were successful against the Rams Sunday and the Jags will have their hands full when looking at their roster. They have a few All-Pros on offense in left tackle Trent Williams and George Kittle, who most would say are top-3 players at their positions. Additionally, they have a young ascending receiver in Deebo Samuel who is versatile as they come and can do damage from the slot, perimeter, or backfield.
Then on defense, the Niners have some young ascending players who also are Pro Bowlers or have Pro Bowl skills. Those notables are players like defensive end Nick Bosa, linebacker Fred Warner, safety Jimmie Ward, and defensive lineman Arik Armstead. All are key reasons why the Niners’ defense is sixth against the pass and are ninth in overall defense currently, which could lead to a difficult day for rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Co.
As for the Jags, a key reason for the success they’ve had over the last few weeks is their defense and the group has seen improvements up front and on the back end. Players like Josh Allen and Dawuane Smoot have done a good job pressuring the quarterback as the help in the interior from players like Roy Robertson-Harris and DaVon Hamilton has been better. As for the secondary, the decision to make Rudy Ford the starting nickel has been tremendous. That said, if the Jags are to win Sunday, this group will have to play a huge role in it.
As for the Jags’ offense, the unit has struggled since after the bye week and will be looking to find its footing. A key to that could be the status of running back James Robinson, but if he doesn’t play, a combination of Dan Arnold, Jamal Agnew, Marvin Jones, Laviska Shenault, and Carlos Hyde will have to lead this team. If they can put a few touchdowns on the board and the defense can help them with a few key turnovers, the Jags can turn in their third upset of the season.
Now, we would like to hear from you all at home. Do you believe the Jags will earn victory No. 3 Sunday against a Niners team coming in on short rest from across the country? Let us know in the poll below.