The Jacksonville Jaguars had high expectations for their explosive offense coming into the 2016 season. This hype has turned to dust as the offense fell flat in their first four games of the season; with disappointing games against the Charger and the Ravens.
The most disappointing aspects of the Jaguars offense would have to be quarterback Blake Bortles and also new running back Chris Ivory. Ivory has only accumulated 43 yards in the last two games. He was also benched during the first two game of the season for a unknown illness. Also Blake Bortles has thrown an unimpressive 6 interceptions and also 7 touchdowns.
Bortles and Ivory need to succeed on Sunday for the Jaguars to be able to win. Look for Greg Olson to pull out every play from the playbook this Sunday to beat a struggling Bears team.
During the Jaguars bye week the offensive line was adjusted. Patrick Omameh is now the new left guard because of Luke Joeckel being on the injury reserve. Hopefully with this new addition to the offensive line the Jaguars can get a more efficient run game going and protect Bortles better than they have been.
Keys to Jacksonville’s Offensive Success on Sunday
Blake Bortles needs to move up the field with his legs. In week 3 Blake Bortles showed his running ability with 36 yards in 7 attempts. This allowed the offense to keep drives alive. If Bortles runs up-field this will also allow deep passing lanes to open since the linebackers will be too scared to drop back in coverage.
Chris Ivory will be running behind a better offensive line. Ivory is the one thing that Jacksonville was missing in 2015, and he needs to live up to his name on Sunday. When the run game improves the pass game is not far behind. The Jaguars cant rely on the arm of Blake Bortles; they need to run like hell.
Julius Thomas is finally HEALTHY. This freakish athlete will just give Bortles another deep threat. His return will also allow other star receivers such as Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns to find the open field