1. Pressuring the quarterback
The Jacksonville Jaguars rank sixth in the NFL in quarterback sacks this season and whether or not they can get to the quarterback often indicates if they are going to win the game. The secondary has been subpar, although it will be better if Jalen Ramsey returns, and the defense has not been forcing many turnovers.
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The one area where they thrive at is pressuring the quarterback and if they can get past the stout Saints’ offensive line then we could see a game similar to the Rams game where Bridgewater simply can’t do anything and the offense stalls.
However, if the Saints’ offensive line is able to hold up for most of the day then it should amount to a win, barring any huge mistakes by Bridgewater and company. Even if Minshew and Fournette have a good day, as long as the Saints’ offensive line can protect Bridgewater then they will be in control of this game.
The game to look at as an example of what the Jaguars’ defense looks like at its best is their Week 3 win over the Tennessee Titans. Jacksonville recorded nine sacks in that game and made Marcus Mariota look like a high school quarterback, although he does that on his own sometimes as well.
That is the absolute worst-case scenario for the Saints. The Jaguars have several playmakers that can get to the quarterback and if they do not contain them early it can get out of hand for the team.
However, the same defense has also had games in which they were completely contained and did not record a single sack. If the New Orleans Saints can recreate that then they should have no problem scoring, even if Ramsey returns.