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.
The Worst: NFL Week 2
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Marlins’ Dee Gordon emotional after lead-off HR

Patrice Bergeron’s worries go away with Brad Marchand’s contract signed

Report: Gabbert in danger of losing starting job to Kaepernick

John Fox won't commit to Cutler as starter when healthy

Report: Austin Sefarian-Jenkins claimed by Jets off waivers


Dez Bryant to undergo MRI after suffering knee injury

Report: Adrian Peterson determined to play again in 2016

Report: McDaniels plans to leave Pats, pursue head-coaching job

Report: Cam Newton feels good, ankle not a problem

Palmer's death brings heartfelt statements from Woods, Obama

Paul Pierce announces he will retire after upcoming season

Kevin Garnett's unique career proves anything is possible

Jose Fernandez joins tragic list of premature departures

15 greatest calls of Vin Scully's career

Week 4 in college football as explained by Queen

The good, bad, and ugly from Week 3 in the NFL season

Chris Bosh deserved more than our jokes and underappreciation

LeBron supports Kaepernick but will stand for national anthem

Ben McAdoo: Odell Beckham needs to control his emotions more

Saban rips LSU for firing Miles in middle of season

Box Score: 9/26 - Ratings, Cosell, kitties and stadium names

Ten biggest winners and losers from NFL Week 3

WATCH: What are the best WR-CB rivalries of all-time?

NFL 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.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Kevin Garnett's unique NBA career proves anything is possible

Jose Fernandez joins tragic list of premature departures

Week 4 in college football as explained by Queen

The good, bad, and ugly from Week 3 in the NFL season

Where does Landon Donovan's return rank?

WATCH: What are the best WR-CB rivalries of all-time?

Bill Belichick may be forced to get hilariously creative to fill his quarterback slot

Five sports stadiums that should be renamed

WNBA playoffs head into second round after single eliminations

CFB Crash Course: Week 4 - No ranking is safe

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker