The Jaguars and the Buccaneers each enter the game at 1 and 3, with the Jags loosing 11 in a row on the road and the Bucs loosing their last 11 at home.
Tampa Bay is coming off a loss to the Panthers, where Jameis Winston was picked off four times. Jacksonville is coming off an enormously disappointing loss to a Colts team without Andrew Luck. There were a lot of individual positive performances the Jags had. Looking at the stat sheet, one wonders how they only had 13 points. Six drives into Colts territory with no points will do that to you. T.J. Yeldon had his first 100-yard game and should continue to see success this week.
Bortles moved the ball throughout the game, but never really capitalized. It doesn’t look like Julius Thomas will play this week, so they’ll have to go another week with the top red zone weapon. If the offense can finally start taking advantage of long drives and getting six points, Tampa Bay will be in trouble.
Jameis Winston, the first overall pick, has six TD passes and seven interceptions through his first four games. Their running game is starting to get on track, especially over the last couple of weeks, with Doug Martin looking good. We’ll see if Poz will play, as he has an ankle sprain but hopes to play through it. Sergio Brown could be back at safety, which would be huge. Tampa Bay’s two best playmakers are Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson at WR. The Jags two starting receivers, Robinson and Hurns, will face a somewhat shaky Buc secondary. Of course, Bortles will take his deep shots to A-Rob.
I think this is a must win for Jacksonville, as they are much farther in the rebuilding process than the Bucs. It would be bad if they lost two games they should have won in a row. If the offense can move the ball like last week and TAKE advantage of red-zone opportunities, the defense will be able to handle Jameis enough.
Prediction: Jags 27 Bucs 21