Will the Jacksonville Jaguars be able to stop Derrick Henry from running wild again as they meet the Titans in Week 12?
Todd Wash has the herculean job of finding a way to stop the Tennessee Titans running attack as they meet their AFC South foes again in Week 12. Remember last season when Derrick Henry ran through the entire Jacksonville Jaguars defense en route to a 99-yard touchdown run? Will the Jaguars be able to stop Henry?
Currently, there are very low expectations that Jacksonville will be able to stop Henry. Indianapolis rushed for over 200 yards last Sunday. The Jaguars defense has given up 200 rushing yards three times in 2019.
Carolina ran for 285 yards in Week 5. Houston rushed the ball for 216 yards in Week 9 in London. Then after the following bye in Week 10, Indianapolis shredded the Jaguars run defense for 264 yards. Can the Jaguars slow down Tennessee?
First of all, the Jacksonville defense should play with eight men in the box throughout the whole game. Wash should make Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill beat them via their passing game. This game should allow the Jaguars secondary to play lockdown man defense.
Second, Myles Jack has to shadow Henry. Jack must wrap up and tackle him or Henry will hurt the Jacksonville defense. Don’t forget, Jacksonville held him to 44 yards on 17 carries in Week 3.
Third, the Jaguars defensive line has to win the battle in the trenches. Tennessee has given up 42 sacks through 10 games. Hopefully, Josh Allen and Yannick Ngakoue will be able to crash inside to collect sacks.
Doug Marrone has publicly accepted fault for the Jaguars recent poor game performances. He and Wash are definitely under fire to finish the season with a respectable record. Perhaps an 8-8 record might be defined as respectable considering all the drama and injuries earlier this season.
Stopping the Tennessee rushing attack will be very difficult on Sunday. The Jaguars did it in Week 3 at home. The Jaguars have had a very difficult time winning on the road in Nashville.