Eagles vs Jacksonville: Analyzing each Jaguars unit (and how to attack)

Trevor Lawrence #16, Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Trevor Lawrence #16, Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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Doug Pederson, Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by Courtney Culbreath/Getty Images) /

This is a tough test but also a game the Eagles should win.

The Eagles/Jaguars game should be competitive, and the Jaguars should also provide the stiffest challenge Philadelphia has faced this season. Trevor Lawrence has all the tools and could wind up resembling Andrew Luck in his prime. James Robinson is a great running back and a game changer both on the ground and as a receiver.

Though a pair of Jags starters are questionable (and active players haven’t been announced yet), the Jaguars, at full strength, have three receivers that can stress the defense in multiple ways. Their offensive line is very strong and could help them dominate time of possession, especially if the weather is poor.

Defensively, the Jaguars have a bunch of young, fast, and talented players that are aligned all over the formations. While the defense is uniformly strong in run defense at each level, there are many holes in the Jaguars’ defense.

Expect a continued focus on the passing game and the Eagles continued maturation into a modern NFL offense. Their offensive line is becoming stronger in pass protection after being almost uniformly focused on run blocking last season.

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While the Eagles could use more help from the backfield, empty sets with A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith in the slot and running backs or tight ends at the numbers should both provide reliable man/zone tells and maximize the mismatches in the middle third of the field. Prediction: Eagles – 27, Jaguars – 24