The Jacksonville Jaguars are atrocious on the defensive side of the ball, which could lead to a breakout game for Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders offense.
The Oakland Raiders head into their Week 15 matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars sitting at 6-7, and losers of their last three games. Last weekend, without the services of star running back Josh Jacobs, the Silver and Black hung tough against the Tennessee Titans for a half, before being blown out in a 42-21 loss after the break.
Losing three straight has completely blown up their playoff chances, but on Sunday, they have a chance to do something special in front of the home fans. Sunday will mark the final Raiders home game inside the Coliseum, and you can be sure the Oakland faithful are going to be rocking all game long.
One area where the Raiders should be able to dominate is on the offensive side of the ball, as the Jaguars come into this game with not only one of the worst run defenses, but also a pass defense that has really struggled as of late. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has had to deal with having no true WR1 this season, but even without one, he should be able to dominate the Jaguars on Sunday.
Carr, in his second season in Jon Gruden’s offense, has put together good numbers, but the last three weeks have been nothing to write home about. Sure, he played well in the first half this past Sunday against Tennessee, but the previous two games were awful, and he will be looking to win his final game in front of the home fans in Week 15.
Last weekend, Jacksonville was absolutely shredded by Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers, allowing 45 points in the game, and four touchdowns through the air.
There is still no definitive word whether not Jacobs will play on Sunday, as he missed the previous game against the Titans with his shoulder injury. He has been a warrior all season long for Gruden and the Raiders, and he certainly is going to want to play in front of the home fans if he is deemed healthy enough to do so.
In addition to Jacobs, starting right tackle Trent Brown also did not play on Sunday against Tennessee, and he has yet to return to practice with a pectoral issue. Brandon Parker filled in for Brown this past weekend, and will likely do so again if Brown cannot go.
Despite the recent losses, this is a Raiders team that has exceeded expectations this season, and have done it despite numerous issues on and off the field in 2019. The team can send the Oakland faithful home on a good note this Sunday, giving the fan base one more good memory inside the Coliseum.