The Denver Broncos will play host to the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday. The Broncos are coming off a smash mouth win against the Bucs, The Jags are coming off a tough loss to the Steelers. One might say the Jaguars have had the Broncos number over the years. No Broncos fan can forget the Jaguars stunning 30-27 upset of the 1996 13-3 Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium. Many people believe the Broncos would have won 3 straight Super Bowls if it were not for that unfortunate loss to a up and coming 9-7 expansion team. Revenge however, was served the following year.
The Jags have won 3 out of 5 of the last meetings, including a dominating win at Invesco last year. They manhandled the Broncos on offense and were the first team to really expose the poor defense of last year's Broncos. The loss to Jacksonville last year was really the start of the wheels falling off for the 07' Broncos. The 2007 Jaguars did turn out to be the real deal though, mounting an impressive playoff run.
This year's Jaguars are not looking like that team. The Jags are off to a dissapointing 2-3 start. David Garrard has not looked like the same quarterback he was in 07'. He has only thrown for 3 touchdowns and has already been picked off 4 times, this guy is struggling. As we all know though, the Broncos have a habit of making average or struggling QB's look like pro bowler's some times. Let's hope that doesn't happen Sunday. The Jags are ranked 26th on offense and 21st on defense. All signs point toward a Broncos win.
The Broncos will come to this game a little banged up. TE Tony Sheffler and starting RB Selvin Young will not play due to groin injuries. Rookie WR Eddie Royal has a sprained ankle but it's looking like he's going to go. If not Darrel Jackson might be ready to fill in. Sheffler's injury is looking pretty serious and I don't think he will be back before the bye week. The Broncos are certainly lacking explosivness from the running game lately and I think Michael Pittman is going to start and get a majority of the carries along with Andre Hall. Good news is it's looking like rookie RB Ryan Torain will start practicing next week and could be ready by the Patriots game but most likely after the bye week. The Broncos are definetly going to be looking for him to add some power and speed to the run game.
This could be a another low scoring smash mouth game but I think the Broncos are going to open it a little more on offense. I think Brandon Marshall is going to have a huge game. The defense has a chance to get some turnovers this weeks against Garrard and his struggling offense. If they can avoid the letup game game they will be in good position heading in to a Monday Night matchup against the Patriots, whom the Broncos have absolutley owned over the last five years. Broncos 27 Jaguars 16.