In the second of my 13-part series, in which I analyze each team the Redskins will face during the 2014 regular season, I will be taking a look at Washington’s week 2 opponent: the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Washington Redskins will host the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 14th, their home opener at Fed Ex Field. Most remember the Jaguars for their run of considerable success during the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, with head coach Jack Del Rio, QB David Garrard and RB Maurice Jones-Drew. Now, the Jaguars are starting to pattern themselves after the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks; they’ve hired former defensive coordinator Gus Bradley as their head coach, and former Seahawks’ defensive stars Red Bryant and Chris Clemons have signed with the team via free agency.
The Jaguars also drafted QB Blake Bortles with the third overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, though he’s expected to spend time learning the craft of being an NFL QB behind Chad Henne, who is set to open the season as the starter. However, some people think Bortles will take over at some point during the season.
The Redskins SHOULD have an easy go of things in this contest, but every time you think a team should win easily over another, it doesn’t seem to turn out that way, hence the term “Any Given Sunday.” Washington has better talent on both sides of the ball, and with this being the home opener, the crowd should be in a frenzied state.
With head coach Jay Gruden, Robert Griffin III, DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts leading a new and improved offense, along with the additions of DE Jason Hatcher and S Ryan Clark on defense, the Redskins should be able to give a very strong, consistent and winning effort throughout the game.
Jacksonville does have weapons on offense, though, that definitely should not be overlooked: Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson – someone many thought the Redskins should’ve taken with their second round pick and paired with Pierre Garcon. But I think DeSean Jackson is not a bad “second option.”
Similar to the Houston Texans, whom Washington will face in the season opener, the Jaguars are a young, hungry team that wants to prove they are making strides to be a contender in the AFC South, and they would like nothing more than to come to the Nation’s Capital and upset the Redskins.
The keys to winning this game for Jay Gruden & Co. are very simple: 1) Avoid being overconfident. 2) Feed off the energy of the home crowd, which should be loud and boisterous for the home opener. 3) Find a way for RGIII and the offense to dominate the time of possession and put points on the board.
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