by Inside the Redzone staff – Bill Seng
Home Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
The New Orleans Saints head into Jacksonville to take on a rebuilding ball club. The eventual result will be a route. The Saints passing game should be effective early and its running game should be closing it out. The Jaguars have given up 3 touchdowns to the opposing team’s number one receivers thus far. With Marques Colston out, Meachem has caught 3 touchdowns in 3 weeks. With that, we’ll give a Brees to Meachem connection here. With the streaky Lance Moore looking healthy again, we’ll give him a receiving touchdown too. Finally Brees should connect with tight end Jimmy Graham. Both Dustin Keller and Greg Olsen has found the end zone for the Jags and Graham is turning into one of the position’s elite talent. We see the Saints grinding away the final quarter and a half, but surprisingly Jacksonville has only allowed 1 rushing touchdown all year. So, we only project 1 rushing score, we’re going to give it to Mark Ingram in mop up duty.
The Jacksonville Jaguars get their second start from rookie Blaine Gabbert. He should see a variety of blitzes from Greg Williams. The game should look a lot faster compared to last week against a softer Carolina defense on a drenched grass field. We see Gabbert struggling in this match-up, but shooting one to the game’s sleeper touchdown score, Marcedes Lewis, as the Saints gave up over 200 yards and 2 scores against tight end/h-back players last week (Houston Texans). The Saints run defense hasn’t been good for a while. Remember last year’s playoff game, starting Marshawn Lynch? Maurice Jones-Drew is an all purpose back, similar to Matt Forte, except more explosive. In the week 2 match-up versus the Bears, Forte got 159-total yards. We see Jones-Drew scoring one to go with a 100-yard effort. Outside of that, the Jaguars won’t be getting much more.