Broncos vs. Jaguars: Behind Enemy Lines with Black and Teal

27 Dec 1997: Wide receiver Rod Smith of the Denver Broncos breaks free of defensive back Dana Hall of the Jacksonville Jaguars during a game at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado. Denver won the game 42-17. Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr /Allsport
27 Dec 1997: Wide receiver Rod Smith of the Denver Broncos breaks free of defensive back Dana Hall of the Jacksonville Jaguars during a game at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado. Denver won the game 42-17. Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr /Allsport /

With the Denver Broncos taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars, we chat with David Levin from Black and Teal to get his thoughts on the Jaguars.

When it comes to the Denver Broncos next opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars are currently sitting at 1-2. They were able to secure their first win of the 2019 season by winning a divisional game against the Tennessee Titans during Thursday Night Football.

That game was a little over a week and a half ago. It really makes you wonder how other teams that Denver is facing is coming off a long break. From what a friend told me, it will not be the last time. But at least the Broncos will be more game ready and not a lot of rust will be there.

However, the Broncos are 0-3. They will need a big win here to get some momentum going into the next week and so on. But the focus is this week. So, let us get a bit more information on the Jacksonville Jaguars.

I chat with David Levin, the site expert over at Jacksonville’s FanSided Site Black and Teal. He will give us a bit more on what the Jaguars have been up to.

PO: Jacksonville secured their first win of the 2019 season. What are your thoughts on this team three games into the season?

BT: I think this is a 1-2 team with some growing to do. The Jaguars should have won the game in Houston and looked like the defense of old in the 20-7 won over Tennessee.

The Jaguars offense needs help with the run game. The offensive line has been mediocre. I like that the passing game is better than last season and should get better. If offensive coordinator John DeFilippo can get more out of Leonard Fournette and the line can open a few more holes, I like that this team can do this season.

PO: Gardner Minshew has taken over with Nick Foles dealing with a collarbone injury. What are your thoughts on his performance so far?

BT: All of the hype aside, this kid can play football. I talked about this last week a little bit. I love the fact that he can’t improvise. I love the fact that he can make plays happen with his legs and his arm. Since he was thrust into this position maybe that’s the best situation for him.

His cult-like status is great, as he is creating football magic in guys city. I’m not saying that he’s going to be the next Drew Brees or Brett Favre or somebody like that. What I am saying is that he has shown me more moxie and football skill in three football games than we have seen in the last five years.

PO: With Andrew Luck retiring, the AFC South is up for grabs. What do you believe the Jaguars need to do to win the division?

BT: Continue to play top-notch defense and let everything else take care of itself. The Jaguars defense looked like world-beaters last week. And that’s with Yannick Ngakoue at full strength. Look for defensive coordinator Todd Wash to keep Ngakoue, Josh Allen and Calais Campbell on the field together.

On offense, there must be more running plays and the offensive line must gel a but more. Can Cam Robinson play better? Will there be a shift in play at right guard? Jacksonville is averaging 19.3 points a game this season. That needs to get better. But if the defense plays like it did this past Thursday, the team can make the playoffs.

PO: The Jaguars come into Denver to play the Broncos. What will be the key to victory?

BT: Defense, defense, defense. I don’t think this is stated enough. Also, playing on the road out west has been a difficult thing for the Jaguars for years.

I’m worried about Bradley Chubb and Von Miller. Can the Jaguars offensive line hold off the Denver pass rush? This is the week where the running game must help set up the passing game. Look for the offensive line to look different. And if possible, watch for the Jaguars to use the tight ends more on short passing downs.

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PO: Is there a player on the Jaguars roster that not a lot of fans know about that could be an X-Factor for Sunday?

BT: Fans know a lot about Taven Bryan. He has played well the last two weeks and could have another solid performance against the Denver running game. Bryan isn’t flashy. He does not need to be. He needs to work in space, tackle the runner and go on about his business. He could be the key to the Jaguars defense getting off the field on third downs.

Thank You David for taking the time out to chat with me. Check out the Black and Teal website to see his side of the interview with me.