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Place: O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California
The Raiders and Jaguars have each lost two straight. While neither team has many playmakers, Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew and Oakland’s Darren McFadden are running backs capable of taking over the game. McFadden may have the best chance against the NFL’s No. 30 defense against the run (163.0), but is off to a slow start with only 271 yards.
Teams are starting to focus more on Jones-Drew, who has accounted for 41 percent of the Jaguars’ total yards.
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4): Jacksonville has the worst offense in the NFL at 13.0 points per game and is averaging 241.2 yards. After opponents figure out a way to contain Jones-Drew, there isn’t much else to worry about.
Second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert leads the league’s worst passing offense (142.8 yards) and his completion percentage of 54.8 is 31st. Jones-Drew shares the team lead with 14 receptions and his 81.6 rushing yards per game is above his 74.1 career average, but if the Jaguars do not develop other offensive options, his numbers will likely decline. Jacksonville lost to Chicago 41-3 on Oct. 7 prior to its week off.
Oakland Raiders (1-4): While Oakland’s rushing attack is 29th in the NFL at 78.4 yards per game, a healthy McFadden against Jacksonville’s suspect defense could improve those numbers. The Raiders, though, could also try to exploit the league’s No. 23 passing defense.
Quarterback Carson Palmer (62.6 completion percentage, six touchdowns, three interceptions) leads the No. 12 passing offense and may have the opportunity to get his wide receivers more involved as the Jaguars have only three sacks. Tight end Brandon Myers and McFadden lead the team with 21 receptions apiece. Oakland lost at Atlanta 23-20 last week on a 55-yard field goal with 1 second left.
1. The Raiders had season highs of 474 total yards and 149 yards rushing last week.
2. Jones-Drew needs 179 yards from scrimmage to become the 87th player in NFL history to reach 10,000 yards from scrimmage.