The Jacksonville Jaguars look to rebound off a rough week 5 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Jaguars now travel to Arlington, Texas and go head to head against “America’s Team”, the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday Night Football when they lost 19-16. The game is a must win for both teams as they both look to get their seasons back on track and avoid a losing streak, and put their season in jeopardy.
This Sunday’s matchup will be the 7th all-time meeting between the Jaguars and Cowboys. The series is tied 3-3, with the most recent meeting occurring in November of 2014 when the Cowboys defeated the Jaguars in London and won by the score of 31-17.
Cowboys receiver Allen Hurns played in Jacksonville from 2014-17 and was a fan favorite amongst fans when he played in a Jaguars uniform. He was undrafted in the 2014 draft class and became a gem for the Jaguars as he played in 52 games as a member of the Jaguars for those 4 years. He was not brought back to Jacksonville after the 2017 season and signed with the Cowboys in the 2018 free agency period.
Jaguars right tackle Jermey Parnell played in Dallas from 2010-14. He played in 54 games while as a member of the Cowboys. He signed with the Jaguars in 2015 free agency.
Jaguars safety Barry Church played in Dallas from 2010-16. He played in 90 games while as a member of the Cowboys. He signed with the Jaguars in the 2017 free agency.
What to Watch for:
The Cowboys have one of the best running backs in football in Ezekiel Elliott. Other than Elliott, there is not much to be afraid of when it comes to the offense. Quarterback Dak Prescott has struggled mightily since he won NFL Rookie of the Year in 2016. He has struggled mightily with accuracy. If the Jaguars can get to Prescott, it will be a long day for the Cowboys offense.
Trying to Figure Out:
Blake Bortles. Until Bortles can establish consistency (and the good consistency), he will continue to be a part of this section. He has not been able to string together multiple consecutive good performances. He has bounced back from bad performances, and is going to need to do so on Sunday, after throwing 4 interceptions in the Chiefs loss in week 5.
Can Jamaal Charles and David Williams be a factor? The Jaguars signed Jamaal Charles, acquired running back David Williams off the Denver Broncos practice squad, and placed running back Corey Grant on season ending injured reserve. The Jaguars have been decimated at running back thanks to injury and have had to rely on T.J. Yeldon to carry the running game. The Jaguars acquired some help and something to watch in week 6 and going forward will be how the new additions impact the offense.
About the Opponent:
The Cowboys come into week 6 at 2-3, coming off a loss against the Houston Texans in overtime. The Cowboys need to win this game to keep pace with their division rival Philadelphia Eagles, as the Eagles embarrassed the New York Giants on Thursday Night Football. The Cowboys have the 28th ranked offense, but rank 8th in terms of total defense. They are led by head coach Jason Garrett, who has been on the hot seat the past few years and continues to come back as coach. If the season does not go well for the Cowboys, Garrett’s seat will only get hotter. The Cowboys have no threat at receiver as the leading receiver is Cole Beasley with 193 yards. Elliott is the leading receiver in terms of catches with 22 through 5 games. That is not good. To compare, the Jaguars leading receiver is Dede Westbrook with 24 catches, but with 349 yards.
Matchup to watch:
Cowboys D-Line vs. Jaguars O-line: The Jaguars offensive line has been losing starting bodies through the first five games. The Jaguars lost starting left tackle Cam Robinson for the season week 2, lost backup left tackle Josh Wells for the season earlier this week, lost Brandon Linder for a half against the Jets. The line has had nagging injuries that has affected every player so far through 2018. The Jaguars need to have their full arsenal this week as they face the Cowboys’ defense who have registered 15 sacks through 5 games. They can cause issues, and with Bortles playing an awful game last week due to pressure, this could be a huge matchup to watch.
3 keys to victory:
Stop Ezekiel Elliott. Protect Blake Bortles. Force Dak Prescott to make mistakes.
How to Listen:
Frank Frangie, Tony Boselli and Jeff Lageman will provide the call on 1010XL and 92.5 FM with Rick Ballou working the sidelines.
Where to Watch:
The Jaguars-Cowboys matchup will air on CBS and locally on WJAX 47 at 4:25 p.m. Sunday. Jim Nantz will provide the play by play with Tony Romo for color commentary. Tracy Wolfson will be working the sidelines. The Jaguars will be wearing their black jerseys over the teal pants.