MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 09: The defense for the Minnesota Vikings lines up against the offense of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the third quarter of the season opener on September 9, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Jaguars 26-23. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
The Jacksonville Jaguars offensive line looked as if it was going to help the Jaguars dominate the Minnesota Vikings in the first half of Sunday's 26-23 overtime loss, but injuries at two positions killed the offense and momentum the Jaguars had early on.
The Jaguars have two of their five offensive lineman play just about 1/3rd of the game on Sunday, and it showed. The real problem however is that the two lineman the Jaguars lost in Eben Britton and Cameron Bradfield may not be ready to go by Sunday's matchup with the Houston Texans.
"I'll know once I get the MRIs," Mularkey told reporters on Monday about the injuries. "I'll have a better time frame for that."
Mularkey indicated it could be a few weeks.
|Starting Offensive Line|
|Eugene Monroe||Eben Britton
My Thoughts: The three offensive lineman who played the vast majority of the game played very well. We covered how Eugene Monroe blanked Jared Allen on the stat sheet, not even giving up a single pressure. Outside of a bad snap, Meester had a solid game and Uche Nwaneri was once again a reliable blocker. The problem of course came when Bradfield and Britton went down. If those two had stayed in the game, the Jaguars were imposing their will on the Vikings on offense and likely would have stayed doing so.
|Reserve Offensive Line|
My Thoughts: On the good side, I thought Brewster played about as well as you could have hoped an undrafted center could play at left guard for more than half the game. Brewster was up and down, needing help often. Whimper on the other hand was abused by Brian Robison much of the game and allowed pressure constantly. He even looked as if he blew blocks in the running game and struggled to get to the second level. The Jaguars are going to be in a world of hurt if both of these players are starting on Sunday.