JACKSONVILLE – Here’s this week’s Wednesday wrap up.
On Wednesday mornings during the 2013 regular season, jaguars.com senior writer John Oehser sets the stage for the Jaguars’ Wednesday media access by previewing major topics facing the team. Each Wednesday afternoon/evening, he breaks down what was learned from Jaguars players and coaches that day.
Here’s the wrap up of Wednesday’s five topics as the Jaguars prepared to play the Buffalo Bills Sunday at EverBank Field in Jacksonville…
1.The MoJo watch. Running back
2.Can Jaguars run without Jones-Drew? Jones-Drew’s belief that he will play has merit; when he has said as much in the past he usually has played. And even when he plays hurt, he typically has been productive. But whatever his status, the Jaguars need to run effectively. They have rushed for more than 100 yards as a team in each of the last three games after not doing so in any of the first 10 games. That has helped them into positive down-and-distance situations that have helped the offense.
4.Can the streak continue? The Jaguars by any measure are hot. They have won four of five games since the bye and their three-game winning streak matches the longest active streak in the AFC. They haven’t had a four-game winning streak since 2007, when they won four consecutive games to start the season with a 4-1 record. The stretch has kept the Jaguars mathematically in the playoff chase, though the team needs to win its final three games and have Baltimore and Miami lose all three games – among other scenarios. “It hasn’t been brought up in any of our meetings,” Henne said. “Gus hasn’t brought it up. We’re worried about week-to-week and what can we do. If we take care of each game at a time and do what we need to do to get better, we’ll give ourselves an opportunity, but it’s not on our minds.”
5.Blocking the Bills. The top matchup Sunday could be the Jaguars’ offensive line versus a very good Bills defensive front. Buffalo’s front seven has struggled at times against the run, but they’re exceptionally good rushing the passer, leading the NFL with 44 sacks. Defensive end/linebacker Mario Williams leads the team with 12.5 sacks and his backup, Jerry Hughes, has registered eight this season. Marcell Dareus and Keith Williams both have seven sacks in the middle. The Jaguars’ 41 sacks allowed are tied for seventh-most in the NFL. The Bills move players around and show various blitz looks before the snap, and Williams lines up all around the front, particularly in passing situations. “Their defensive line is an elite group of guys,” Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said, with right tackle