This is a battle of AFC South division rivals and even though it is only Week 1 this is a huge game because these two teams are usually competing for a wild card berth. This will be a physical matchup between two similar teams because they both want to pound the rock and open up the passing game. These games have become chess matches trying to keep one another off balance. If you like hard-hitting defenses and a little trash talking this game fits the bill.
When Jacksonville has the ball
The Jaguars went out and spent money on wide receivers in free agency this offseason, but do not expect much of a change early on. WR Jerry Porter is questionable with a hamstring injury and former first-round pick WR Reggie Williams is on the PUP list. That means the Jags will not be as wide open as they would like to be and will still use the run to set up the pass. Even though RB Fred Taylor will get the start, look for change-of-pace RB Maurice Jones-Drew to have the bigger role this week. Jones-Drew has better quickness to get to the edge and that is where the Jaguars will find the most running room this week.