When you think of the Patriots, what do you think of? Tom Brady. When you think of the Saints, what do you think of? Drew Brees.
When you think of the Jaguars? Maurice Jones-Drew.
You see, the Jaguars have no elite-level quarterback. As of right now, they don’t have an any-level quarterback. Starter Luke McCown will play as a virtual unknown. The team has no reason to believe that McCown can take the game over. The team has every reason to believe that Jones-Drew can take the game over.
In week 6 last season, Jones-Drew rushed for 57 yards on 17 carries and did not score a touchdown while rushing or receiving. The Titans won 30-3. In week 13, Jones-Drew carried the ball 31 times for 186 yards. While he didn’t score a touchdown, the Jaguars won 17-6. Do you see the pattern? Stop Jones-Drew, stop the Jaguars. If Jones-Drew plays well, the Jaguars most likely will play well as a team.
It’s not easy, but if the Titans can shut down Jones-Drew and the Jaguars run game, then newcomer (the newcomer in his 30s) QB Luke McCown gets forced to beat the Titans with the passing game. We’ll most likely see if he can on Sunday.