Injuries Have Made The Jaguars Predictable

Three key pieces of the Jacksonville Jaguars offense suffered injuries in Week 1, and those injuries have resulted in a more predictable offensive attack. According to the Florida Times-Union, the injuries to starting right tackle Cam Bradfield and starting left guard Eben Britton have hindered line continuity, and the injury to running back Rashad Jennings removed a weapon to complement Maurice Jones-Drew.

"The trickle-down effect of the injuries was obvious against Houston," the Times-Union wrote. "Tight ends served as pass protectors. The mid-range passing game was non-existent. The change-of-pace formations were limited. The end result was a 27-7 loss that featured franchise lows in yards (117) and time of possession (16 minutes, 43 seconds)."

The Jaguars (0-2) take on the Indianapolis Colts (1-1) Sunday in an AFC South tilt at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. One solution to their offensive woes might be to get tight end Mercedes Lewis more involved in the passing game. Unfortunately, the line injuries have made that a difficult task as well.

"Lewis flashed against the Vikings, catching five passes for 52 yards and a touchdown," the Times-Union wrote. "His role changed dramatically in the Houston game. He played 35 snaps and went without a catch for only the seventh time in 95 career games."

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