The Jaguars have a tough start to their 2017 season. They begin the season on the road against the Houston Texans who are looking to build off of last year now that they have their possible future in Deshaun Watson. Then they are at home for week two and in London week 3. They will face the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens. These games will be tough for the Jags, but they can win them.
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Week 1: @ Houston Texans
I think this game is a must win one for the Jaguars. The Texans are coming into the season with their possible franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson and they are the defending AFC South division champions. The Jaguars come in under new head coach Doug Marrone who wants to win right away. The Texans are tough, but not invincible.
The biggest thing that the Jags need to do is shutdown Watson. Watson is in a great offense that has weapons and protection around him. With the Jaguars adding an excellent pass rusher in Calais Campbell through free agency they can add more pressure to Watson who can collapse if the defense can get inside his head. The Jags receiving core will need to take advantage of the Texans secondary as well.
Week 2: Tennessee Titans
First home game of the season for the Jaguars and they host a Titans squad that is looking to get to the playoffs. Had Marcus Mariota not broke his leg, they most likely would have made it. The Jags defense will need to contain the running game of Demarco Murray and Derrick Henry, and the passing game that has Mariota throwing the ball to Rishard Matthews, Delanie Walker and Corey Davis.
The Titans have a strong offense but their defense is not. Blake Bortles will need to take advantage of the Titans secondary that still needs improvement. I am thinking that this game will be a high scoring game. If the Jags defense can contain the powerful Titans offense, the Jags can pick up the win.
Week 3: Baltimore Ravens
This game between the Jaguars and Ravens will be played in London. The Ravens always play with intensity, which makes them tough to play. The Jaguars will need to match the same level of intensity. Blake Bortles will need to stay focused, Leonard Fournette will need to lower his shoulder and the defense needs to put pressure on Joe Flacco.
Joe Flacco is ageing which could slow his game down. Calais Campbell and the defensive line will need to constantly put pressure on Flacco. The Ravens defense will show up and play physical like they always do. Bortles needs to stay focused and keep his mistakes at a minimum if they want to beat a tough Ravens team.