Jalen Ramsey of Jacksonville Jaguars questionable to face Dallas Cowboys

Annette Crawford
October 14, 2018

Jacksonville has lost five fumbles and Blake Bortles has thrown seven interceptions.

But in today's article, we made a decision to turn the tables and head across enemy lines in order to get some valuable insider information about the Jags. Fournette is nursing a hamstring injury and will miss his third game of this season. To begin, Jacksonville will be able to field an adequate number of running backs. The Jags couldn't beat the Chiefs' undefeated offense, falling 30-14 on the road.

Elliott leads the National Football League with 480 rushing yards through Week 5, but he's coming off his worst game of the season in a 19-16 loss to the Houston Texans. Zeke is a threat out of the backfield, leading Dallas with 22 receptions.

Jacksonville's first and foremost priority is to stop Elliott. They're only surrendering 17.2 points per game and that number is much higher after giving up 30 to spectacular quarterback Patrick Mahomes a week ago.

That right there is the guy the Cowboys were thinking of when they took the risk of drafting him in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. "I'm just trying to get in where I fit in, and I've just tried to make the most of every opportunity that I've had". I don't see the Jaguars allowing them to run the ball, so that puts the pressure on the offense to have to throw. Daniel Ross impressed in limited action, recording 5 pressures on just 11 pass rushing snaps. Dallas only averages 192 yards passing per contest.

Jacksonville's offense is built around running the football.

The team has invested first round picks in Ezekiel Elliott, Zack Martin, Tyron Smith.

With the injuries at running back, the Jaguars added 31-year-old running back Jamaal Charles. The Cowboys have been outstanding, too, allowing the fifth-fewest points per game after five weeks (19.2). Look for Bortles to get a few more designed runs to get himself into a rhythm, providing a few first extra downs. Jacksonville hasn't played well on the road and they continue to lack a consistent run game with Fournette out.

The troubling part of Bortles' 61 pass-attempt, five-turnover performance is that it wasn't necessary. Expect the Jaguars to win a pretty ugly game against the Cowboys by keeping Elliott in check. According to coach Doug Marrone, it's just 50-50 whether Ramsey suits up or not. Stick to their west-coast scheme with crossing routes, and screens to slow down the pass rush. However, Blake Bortles is following a similar pattern good game, bad game, good game, bad game, and is due for a good game.

Must-Win Game in Week Six?

Yes. This is a must-win game for both teams this early into the season. But Jacksonville also will be without its top two left tackles (Cam Robinson and Josh Wells) and starting tight end (Austin Seferian-Jenkins). Jacksonville should continue to be a playoff contender as the team gets healthy, but that won't be reflected this week. The Jaguars have scouted, drafted and meticulously crafted their defense from the front lines, through the linebackers and into the secondary. Jaguars won in only previous appearance at AT&T Stadium, 35-17 in 2010. How long does Garrett have? A loss means a 2-4 start to the season, and huge questions ensuing. Is Prescott the future?

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