Originally posted on The Jaggernaut  |  Last updated 9/8/13
It’s game day! After an offseason of torture, it’s finally time to get back to football. The Jacksonville Jaguars are hosting the Kansas City Chiefs at 1 PM EST today, and it’ll be Blaine Gabbert’s first opportunity of the season to prove that he was actually worth a 10th overall pick in the NFL draft. Here’s five things the Jags need to do to start the season 1-0. Run the ball The Jaguars may be in the midst of trying to shift their offensive focus to a more balanced approach with an effective passing game, but for now, it’s still all about running the ball with Maurice Jones-Drew. If they can shorten the game with a strong rushing attack, the Jaguars will give their defense a chance to stay fresh. Protect Blaine Gabbert This is pretty simple. Blaine Gabbert struggles with pressure, so the Jaguars need to keep defenders off him. The Jags are better equipped now than they’ve been in years to do so, leading me to believe Gabbert may have some clean pockets to work from. Protect Blaine Gabbert from himself Apart from getting rid of the ball too quickly, Gabbert also likes to get rid of the ball off his back foot. The Jaguars will likely try to move him around in the pocket, and outside the pocket, to give him some easy completions early in the game. This, I believe, is a very good strategy to get him comfortable quickly. Apply pressure to Alex Smith Usually, the Jaguars can’t get a pass rush to save their lives. That has to stop. Alex Smith is an efficient passer that won’t make many mistakes, especially if he’s allowed to sit back in the pocket. The Jaguars have to make him uncomfortable. Steal a score… or two The easiest way to pull out a game against a better opponent is to steal some scores. I’m talking about a blocked punt, pick six, fake field goal, whatever gets it done. The Jaguars aren’t expected to be a great team, and they’ll need to steal points whenever possible, and today’s game is no different.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Best athlete by state all time
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Irsay: Pagano safe, Peyton not in picture as potential Colts GM

LeBron James: Gregg Popovich ‘factors a lot’ into 2020 Olympics decision

Cuban softens stance on superstar status of Westbrook

Ric Flair gets into Twitter fight with Panthers player over Falcons fandom

Charlotte thinks a $175M MLS stadium will help heal racial divisions

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Joel Embiid is an MVP candidate

Jadeveon Clowney fined $18k for hit on Tom Brady during playoffs

Travis Kelce fined $21,615 for shoving player, calling out ref

10 best undrafted players remaining in NFL playoffs

Arizona's Allonzo Trier cleared to play after drug test comes back negative

Rodgers dealing with sickness ahead of NFC Championship Game

Best of Yardbarker: Roger Goodell does what we all expected him to do

Eat, Drink, Watch for Jan. 20-22, 2017: Dips, rye, football and Death Race 2050

Box Score 1/20: 37 years ago today, Carter said no to Moscow

NFC & AFC Championship preview: We love scoring

Roger Goodell is a coward, but then we knew that

TailGreater: Picking the conference champions by their signature cocktails

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Ranking the top three conferences in college basketball

The NFC Championship’s two most important players

Eight bold predictions for second half of NBA season

Box Score 1/19: Happy anniversary to the 'Tuck Rule' game

Clarification Please: Why college basketball needs to ditch the possession arrow

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Roger Goodell does what we all expected him to do

Eat, Drink, Watch for Jan. 20-22, 2017: Dips, rye, football and Death Race 2050

QUIZ: Name the owners of these 50 famous NFL nicknames

NFC & AFC Championship preview: We love scoring

Roger Goodell is a coward, but then we knew that

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

TailGreater: Picking the conference champions by their signature cocktails

The 'What's a Romo worth these days anyway?' quiz

Clarification Please: Why college basketball needs to ditch the possession arrow

NBA hotline bling: Derrick Rose gets disconnected

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker