Week 11 of the NFL season will present some challenges for the state teams. All three clubs will be facing above-average defenses. The Bucs and Dolphins will be playing at home with beautiful weather expected in both games. The Jags will be on the road but will be in a dome against the Colts.
The Bucs and Saints have the highest point total of all three games at 49.5 points. Last time these teams met in week 5, they combined for 55 points. The Saints will be missing star corner Marshon Lattimore, who has given Mike Evans fits over the past few years. He had zero catches in week five, so expect him to remember that and take advantage of the Lattimore injury.
Chris Godwin had a monster game going for 125 yards and two touchdowns. He has been quiet over the past few games, however, and could be a good low owned DFS play. Ronald Jones will be the starter for this game, but the Saints run defense has been stout this season. Jones struggled on the ground last week but had success in the air with several screen passes. For the Bucs to win like most weeks, they will need to pass, meaning Jameis Winston and Mike Evans can be fired up into your lineups.
The Jaguars have the second-highest total and will be in a dome. The Jags will welcome back offseason acquisition Nick Foles. The Colts have a top 10 pass defense and top 15 run defense, meaning this will not be an easy task for Foles. With Garner Minshew, we knew that DJ Chark was the got to man. Now its anyone’s guess.
We know that they want to get Leonard Fournette involved, especially after only getting him 11 carries last time out. If you are streaming a QB this week, Foles could be a nice sneaky option. Dede Westbrook could see his stock rise with this QB switch, as well.
The Miami Dolphins are coming into Sunday somehow some way staring at a three-game winning streak. They now will face their toughest task yet.
The Bills come in with the 3rd best defense in the league when it comes to yardage. The running game was a mess last week, unable to do anything. Kalen Ballage struggled and could lose some touches to Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin.
DeVante Parker had a decent game against the Colts going for 69 yards on five catches. This week, however, he will be shadowed by Tre’Davious White and should be avoided in fantasy. This is a bad matchup for the Dolphins and only play one of them if you absolutely have to.
Jags coach Marrone acknowledged Wednesday he’s in jeopardy
As the Jaguars 2019 season has spiraled downward, their head coach acknowledged Wednesday that there are likely changes coming in North Florida.
Head Coach Doug Marrone meets the media prior to today's practice. https://t.co/Ks19PcB0te
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) December 11, 2019
“We’re all fighting for our jobs. When you look at it from that standpoint, each person has to make their own decision on how they handle those things….It’s a constant microscope in this league, but I think it gets magnified when you are not winning football games,” Marrone said plainly.
It’s no secret that the Jaguars are plummeting. Sunday they were embarrassed again at home, this time by the L.A. Chargers 45 – 10. That was the fifth consecutive decisive loss (by at least 17 points) for a team that was once 4 – 4 and in the conversation are the AFC Wildcard picture.
Yes, there are injuries including the team losing defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and recently linebacker Myles Jack to season-ending IR. The same on offense where WR Marqise Lee never got healthy and made contributions this year. He, too is back on injured reserve.
Further, the team also had to deal with the constant off field distraction and then decided to trade away arguably their best player, defensive back Jalen Ramsey to the LA Rams. Granted, Ramsey wanted out and was trying not to play while the trade was being consummated. Still, this missed him on the field and it was an issue.
Then, there’s the mess on offense, where the Jags offensive line is in shambles and Marrone had to bench high-priced free agent quarterback Nick Foles before last week’s game. That’s because of his ineffective play and lack of mobility to play behind their poor line.
Rookie Gardner Minshew, who had won four games earlier this year, didn’t do much with only 162 yards in the air and a late third-quarter touchdown that only cut the lead to 31 – 10 in the loss Sunday.
Further, running back Leonard Fournette has now been neutralized by the lack of good line play and the inability to get the passing game going. Fournette went from having a good start to the season that included three 100-yard or more games out of four in late September and October, to having five of his last six games where he has run for 50 yards or less.
So, everywhere you look, the Jags are struggling and losing, and owner Shad Khan is expected to make wholesale changes at the end of the year.
But for now, Jacksonville must go out to Oakland this week and try not to be further embarrassed there.
Jaguars injury woes continue- LB Myles Jack to IR
The bad news on the injury front for the Jaguars continued on Thursday, when they placed star linebacker Myles Jack on injured reserve.
Source: #Jaguars LB Myles Jack (knee) is going on Injured Reserve today. A hit to the Jacksonville defense.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 5, 2019
Jack missed Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers with a knee injury that was believed to be a sprain suffered in the loss to the Colts two weeks ago. However, the move to IR indicates it may be more serious.
The Jaguars season has unraveled over the course of the last month with injuries to their defense and the team trading away perennial Pro Bowl defensive back Jalen Ramsey to the Rams. Jacksonville had already put DT Marcel Dareus on IR, All-Pro defensive tackle Calais Campbell has been trying to battle through a bad back and DB Tony Harrison has still not been cleared with a concussion.
Coach Doug Marrone has expressed the last two weeks that it has been a struggle for his defense with all of the injuries mounting late in the year.
As for Jack, he had settled in the middle linebacker roll after Telvin Smith abruptly retired in May.
Jack has been solid, but not spectacular, in the middle of the defense registering 7 or more tackles in five games this season. However he hasn’t forced a fumble, has only one interception and half of a sack. Jack also has just three tackles-for-loss at a position that often dictates much more output than that.
The former second-round pick out of UCLA had question marks about his knee coming out of college, when the Jaguars took him in the 2016 draft. However, he has answered critics on his durability by being active for all 59 games of his career up until last week.
Jacksonville will use veteran Donald Payne at middle linebacker for now. Payne played significantly last week against the Buccaneers and has been on and off of Jacksonville roster this season.
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