The Jaguars found out pretty quickly last week that their defense can’t stop everyone. The Jags couldn't beat the Chiefs' undefeated offense, falling 30-14 on the road. They remain on the road Sunday as they head south to Dallas to face an offense that has looked the polar opposite of the Chiefs. The Cowboys had another brutal showing offensively against the previously 1-3 Texans, falling in OT, 19-16. Despite the Jaguars just being the better team, a Cowboys win at home this week would make both these teams 3-3.
Blake Bortles found a way to throw for a career-high 430 yards last week against the Chiefs, yet throw four INTs and get sacked five times. Those passing yards stats were definitely misleading in a game where he turned the ball over left and right and couldn’t score much at all. The Jaguars have to find ways to limit their mistakes, which so far have included five fumbles, seven INTs, and 11 more penalties than their opponents. Doug Marrone has to discipline this team better to avoid flags, and Bortles can’t keep making rookie mistakes. He needs to find a way to throw the ball away more or try and run with the football. Bortles badly needs Leonard Fournette out there, who will miss his fourth game as the Jags go with T.J. Yeldon and newly signed veteran Jamaal Charles. There’s only so much the Jags defense can do...the offense has to avoid giving the football away at an alarming rate.
It’s been a chore to watch the Cowboys offense. Ezekiel Elliott has had to put this team on his back thus far in their 2-3 start, leading the league with 480 rushing yards. Dak Prescott has to show up, and if the Cowboys are serious about winning this season, they badly need to get him a receiver. Their offense just has no passing attack on a consistent basis. This is a one-dimensional team that has the chance to be that way all year if they don’t make an addition. Prescott’s 61.8% completion rate is 28th in the NFL and he’s only got five TDs to go along with four INTs. If the offense can’t stay on the field and score more points, this defense just isn’t great enough to put the team on their backs. Luckily for the Cowboys, the division has stunk it up and they are still very much in the playoff conversation. They can gain some confidence in their fan base if they can make it 3-0 at home and take down the Jaguars.