Jaguars can fluster Manning

Ron Jaworski breaks down the "Monday Night Football" game and takes a look around the league.

Updated: October 19, 2007, 7:28 AM ET
By Ron Jaworski | ESPN Insider
The Jaguars have had success playing the Colts. They've flustered Peyton Manning and beaten this team up a few times. The reason for that is because the Jaguars have the ability to sustain pressure on Manning without having to resort to the blitz. They are able to get in Manning's face with their four down linemen and drop seven into coverage. The seven men in coverage force Manning to hold the ball longer to wait for routes to finish. Meanwhile, the defense is getting in his face and forcing bad throws.

I don't expect that to change this week. This Jaguars' defense has arguably the best tackle tandem in the league with Marcus Stroud and John Henderson anchoring this line. They are playing at a high level this season and will continue to give the Jaguars that upfield push to force Manning into poor throws.

The Jags will have their hands full because we're seeing an extremely potent and efficient Colts offense. This offense hit another gear in last season's playoffs when tight end Dallas Clark started to take over. He has been fantastic since last season's playoffs, and I feel he was the MVP of that playoff run that ended with a Colts' Super Bowl victory.

Ron Jaworski

NFL analyst / writer
Ron Jaworski is one of the most popular and knowledgeable analysts covering the NFL today. Since joining ESPN in 1990, the former standout NFL quarterback has covered the league from virtually every angle -- sideline reporter, game-site reporter, host and both studio and game analyst. From 2007-11, Jaworski occupied one of the most coveted positions in sports as a Monday Night Football analyst.