JACKSONVILLE – Senior writer John Oehser examines ten things the Jacksonville Jaguars must do to beat the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sunday …
1. Ignore the crowd. This won’t be easy for a young Jaguars team. History tells us Philly fans once booed Santa Claus. Maybe they did, maybe they didn’t, and hey – maybe Santa deserved it. Whatever, shut the crowd out. The fans aren’t playing.
2. Shut down LeSean McCoy. The Eagles’ All-Pro running back is versatile, quick and dangerous. His cutback ability and unpredictability make him one of the league’s toughest challenges. He’s also a key to Eagles Head Coach Chip Kelly’s offense. You probably won’t shut him down, but this Jaguars defensive line is the strength of the team. It needs to play like it.
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6. Play older than you are. The Jaguars have inexperience all over the offensive line. And outside of Shorts, the entire receiving corps is young, with rookies
7. Pressure Nick Foles. This isn’t easy. The Eagles’ quarterback was efficient last season, and the threat of McCoy makes it difficult to pressure Foles, but the Jaguars believe the pass rush and the defense will be improved this season. Pressuring Foles is a good way to show it.
9. Score early, get ahead. The Eagles expect to win. They’re favored to win. There’s a little pressure on them and they’re playing at home. Get a turnover. Do something. But get a lead and apply some pressure. That will help you stay in the game and the longer you’re in the game Sunday, the better.
10. Find a way. This is vague, but remember when the Jaguars won four of five out of the bye last season? You really couldn’t figure a reason they won. It was effort. It was belief. It was buying into Bradley. Whatever it was, it worked. Early on this season, especially against good teams, the Jaguars may need a big dose of that. On the road. Against a good team. That’s the scenario Sunday, so they need to find a way. And they’ll need to fight and play together. That’s OK. It’s what this team does best. Do it Sunday.